Randy Travis announces memoir

Book details his unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption

The long-awaited, deeply personal story of one of American music’s greatest icons, a remarkable tale of the utmost heights of fame and success, the deepest lows of life’s sorrows, and a miraculous return from the brink of death — told as only Randy Travis can. Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life will be released on May 14th via Thomas Nelson Publishing. The book will be available in hardback, digital and as a MP3 CD Audiobook.

Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger.

From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his “overnight success” with his smash 1986 album  — which launched the neo-traditional movement in country music — Travis’ first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.

But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled due to dishonest deals made behind his back, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012.

Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Travis suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived, but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: “Amazing Grace.”

The 304 page book is filled with never-before-told stories telling a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.

Travis co-wrote Forever And Ever, Amen with Ken Abraham, a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. Abraham is also a former professional musician and pastor who is a popular guest with both secular and religious media. His books include One Soldier’s Story with Bob Dole, Payne Stewart with Tracey Stewart, Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons with Dr. Neil Clark Warren, and Let’s Roll! with Lisa Beamer.

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