Travis released “One In A Row” last summer
On Wednesday, July 29th, Randy Travis will release his second single since a stroke took his voice in 2013. “Fool’s Love Affair” is a never-before-heard song that was written by Charlie Monk, Milton Brown and Keith Stegall. The waltz impacts country radio on July 29th where heavy rotation is requested at country radio. That date also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of his first single, “On The Other Hand,” which marked a new era for country music and shaped the genre in the years to come.
Travis has had an undeniable impact on the genre. He is one of country’s neo-traditionalists and has inspired superstars such as Garth Brooks, Mick Jagger, and others.
“Think about it: when is there ever, in any format, an artist that has come on the scene that has turned a format 180 degrees from where it’s heading, back and made it bigger than it ever was? That’s impossible. I’ve only known it to happen once ever, and Travis would be the name that I’d stick on it,” Brooks told Rolling Stone in 2017.
Last summer, Travis released “One In A Row” that was recorded years before the stroke but never widely released to audiences. It showcases Travis’ deep, velvety smooth, signature tone with the traditional country sound that has been a cornerstone of his career since 1986.
“Traditional country music was all I wanted to do — it’s all I knew how to do,” Travis shares in his memoir, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, which was released last year and topped Book Authority’s 82 Best Country Music Books of All Time list earlier this year.
Travis’ memoir takes readers behind the music, with candid, never-before-told details, of his troubled youth full of drinking and stealing cars, a tense relationship with his father and the roller coaster ride of more than 40 years in the music and acting industry. With the help of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Ken Abraham, and Travis’ wife Mary, this memoir recounts the singer’s journey of perseverance and redemption from his early childhood memories up until the book was penned, recovering from a life-changing stroke and painful divorce, enjoying the life he was given and learning to “sing a new song.”
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, ten American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002).
To date, he has 22 No. 1 singles, 31 Top 10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. He has four gold, four platinum, one double platinum, one triple platinum and one quintuple platinum albums.
In 2004, Travis was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, he was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Nashville.
Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, the country superstar continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing.