Mu­sic with Eddie Row­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

For­ever And Ever, Amen: A Mem­oir Of Mu­sic, Faith, And Brav­ing The Storms Of Life sees the singer and song­writer open­ing up for the first time and shar­ing the deeply per­sonal sto­ries of his life.

“As the can­dle burns, it’s time to share the his­tory that made me who I am, tell the back-story to some of my songs, give in­sight into the chal­lenges I faced, and re­flect on the bless­ings through all of it,” says Travis ( above).

Randy, who has notched up 18 num­ber one hits, will delve into his trou­bled, work­ing-class child­hood in North Carolina.

He writes about his turbulent teenage years drink­ing and steal­ing cars, and his tense re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther.

Then there is the rise to su­per­star­dom as a coun­try song­writer and singer, lead­ing to 40 years of mu­sic and act­ing. Travis changed the course of coun­try mu­sic in 1986 with the re­lease of his al­bum, Storms Of Life.

He shares the highs that came af­ter play­ing ‘For­ever And Ever, Amen’ for the first time.

Randy also talks about his faith and how it has helped him to cope with the big­gest chal­lenges that life threw at him. He was so near to death in 2013 that he flat­lined three times and doc­tors ad­vised re­mov­ing him from life sup­port.

The star had con­tracted vi­ral car­diomy­opa­thy af­ter a vi­ral up­per res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion. Three days later, he suf­fered a mas­sive stroke and had surgery to re­lieve pres­sure on his brain.

Randy says the road back has been gru­elling but, with the help of his wife, Mary, and rig­or­ous phys­i­cal ther­apy, he con­tin­ues to make im­prove­ments in his speak­ing, walk­ing and, yes, singing.

AMER­I­CAN coun­try mu­sic legend Randy Travis will re­lease a book chart­ing his re­mark­able life this May as he turns 70.

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