Randy Travis will share stories of his upbringing, struggles and legendary career in his upcoming memoir titled Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life. The book, coauthored with Ken Abraham, will be released on May 14 via Harper Collins.
"I didn't really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made -- on myself and on others," the Grammy winner said in a statement. "My songs were the stories of my life and I learned from those who listened, they were theirs too -- my fans inspired me and continue to do so."
The book will trace Travis' life, from his childhood in North Carolina to his rise as an American country music superstar. The memoir will also delve into Travis' struggles with drinking, his 2013 massive stroke and his road to recovery. Travis also shares how his strong faith helped him through his darkest times.
Travis told People that the book allowed him to really reflect on his life and career.
"A book about my life wasn't something I thought much about while I was busy living it -- now I know the difference between life and living," Travis told People magazine via email.
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Travis rose to fame in the '80s with number one hits such as "On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Deeper Than the Holler," "Too Gone Too Long" and "I Told You So."
Travis has been on the road to recovery since suffering a stroke in 2013. After months of rehabilitation, the country legend was able to sing "Amazing Grace" during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. Travis also made an unforgettable appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards, where he sang the final line of "Forever and Ever, Amen."
The country music community has rallied behind Travis during his recovery process. In 2017, thousands packed Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for a star-studded tribute concert.
Travis has continued to make several public appearances in recent months.
This post was originally published on January 24, 2019.