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Unreleased Randy Travis Recording Surfaces Online

As Randy Travis continues to battle his ongoing health issues, a previously unheard recording of the singer performing an unreleased song has surfaced online.

The tune, called ‘Childhood Sweethearts,’ was written by Travis and Bonnie Paul, a songwriter and good friend of Travis who has been providing updates on his medical condition.

“We co-wrote it together,” Paul shares in a tweet. “I was jogging pushing my 4 year old son at the time, one hand on jogger other hand by my ear writing this song with Randy … We spoke for 3 hours writing it. I never jogged so fast one handed, and being on top of the world writing with such a country legend.”

Paul released the song on her own in 2011.

Meanwhile, a new photo of Travis has surfaced, showing the singer in a wheelchair but smiling and seemingly in good spirits. The 54-year-old was originally hospitalized for viral cardiomyopathy on July 7, before suffering a stroke and undergoing brain surgery. He was released from the hospital on July 31 and admitted to a physical therapy facility.

While news of his current condition has been sporadic, Billy Ray Cyrus hinted in October that Travis still needed prayers for his healing.

The Grand Ole Opry member released his latest album,  ‘Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am,’ on Oct. 1 on Warner Brothers. The record includes songs by artists Travis says were influential in his own career, including tunes by George Jones, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.

“When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow,” Travis says. “They are the reason I chose to make this album.”

Purchase ‘Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am’ here.

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