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.
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 Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy’s 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, 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, Randy 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."
Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.
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About the Author
Randy Travis is a country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number-one hits. His debut album Storms of Life sold more than 4 million copies and established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. He has sold more than 25 million records, and has earned 22 number-one hits, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. A former professional musician and pastor, he 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.
Table of Contents
1 Pull the Plug 1
2 A Troubled Youth 3
3 An Unexpected Rescue 13
4 Too Country 19
5 From Catfish Cook to Recording Artist 25
6 On the Other Hand 33
7 Renewed Hope 45
8 Hitting the Road 51
9 Living the Dream 57
10 Always & Forever 65
11 The Show 83
12 Deeper than the Holler 91
13 Heroes and Friends 97
14 All-American Heroes 105
15 Consider the Source 113
16 Stirrings Within 119
17 Transition Time-This Is Me 125
18 Fans, Flowers, and Food 135
19 Closed Doors, Open Doors 141
20 Born-Again Music 149
21 I Told You So 163
22 The Irish Gig 167
23 Are We in Trouble Now? 173
24 Happy Anniversary 181
25 A Dark and Lonely Road 193
26 Ambushed 201
27 The Man I Am 205
28 Feelin' Mighty Fine 213
29 Flatline 225
30 The Tear That Changed Everything 239
31 Home at Last! 247
32 Bittersweet Reunions 263
33 Old Friends and New 271
34 Mutual Love and Gratitude 277
35 Free Indeed! 283
About the Author 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve been a fan of Randy Travis from way back so I picked up this ARC without hesitation. The story itself was good, easy reading, almost like having Randy Travis sitting in your living room having a fine old talk. This book in its final form will be enjoyed by most any Randy Travis fan who is looking for a good read about him. Or a biography reader who likes country music. The main focus is on his career, but there is some about his growing up years too. It’s also an inspiring story of how he’s overcome such awful medical issues that he wasn’t expected to survive.
One of the best books I ever read God Bless You Randy and Mary
Such a great book on the life of a country mega star should be read by anyone looking to have a life in the public arena. Written in such a personal style that you feel you've stumbled across his personal diary, Randy Travis lays his life's journey out for everyone to see and judge. His up front style leaves no questions on how he became one of the genre's best known and loved artists while still telling the story of his equally fast fall from the top and slide into the headlines with a mug shot and ultimately a hospital stay. I've always been a Randy Travis fan, now I can appreciate his music so much more. Definitely a must read.