The country music legend is back! Randy Travis released his first song since he suffered from a stroke that almost took his life in 2013, and it is everything and more.
Randy Travis almost went to the world beyond when he suffered a stroke following fatal cardiomyopathy. Fate smiled at him, and he recovered enough to release a new song.
The song titled "One In A Row" was released on his YouTube channel, and it is a love ballad about heartbreak and the process of recovery. In it, the iconic country singer asked in his warm, baritone voice if he is dreaming and if the world is coming to an end.
He sang that he never thought the memory of the love that left him would let him go, but now,
"I made it through the night, and that's one in a row."
The song which is co-written by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh was recorded in 2013 before Travis had his stroke, but the singer didn't release it at the time. The song also features the use of acoustic guitars, and pedal still frames, and it is a testament of the new lease of life the singer got.
When the news of Randy's stroke broke, many didn't expect him to survive as he spent three days in a coma. He made it through with the prayers of his then-fiancée now-wife, Mary Travis, but the recovery process was long and trying.
The singer had to learn to walk and talk again, and he does both with a lot of effort. In May, he released his memoir, "Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life." Mary said he wrote the book to encourage people going through hard times and to inspire them.
The book also chronicles his rise to fame and explores his anger issues and alcoholism. Travis struggled with the two for a long time; in his younger years, he had run-ins with the law, and had his ex-wife and manager, Elizabeth Hatcher, not stepped in to help him, he would have ended up in jail.
The singer, whose real name is Travis Traywick faced several rejections before getting his break with the album "Storms of Life," and since then, he topped the charts and won several Grammys.
He also ventured into acting and has shown that despite the challenges life throws his way, he is resilient. In Mary's words during an interview with "Inside Edition," Travis is "Not a quitter, but a fighter," and he knows it's a miracle he is alive.