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.
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.