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Randy Travis to release new album August 19

Randy Travis to release new album August 19

By Kellie Michaels. CREATED Jul 25, 2014

Even as his health remains in question, and recent reports claim he is still unable to speak or sing following his 2013 stroke, Randy Travis has announced he will be releasing a new album August 19.

Like last year's first volume, "Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am" is a collection of Randy's covers of classic country songs from such singers as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Hank Snow and Marty Robbins. Randy's publicist confirms the tracks were recorded prior to the singer's health crisis last year when he was hospitalized for viral cardiomyopathy, and subsequently suffered a stroke.

In a news release quote attributed to Randy, the singer says, "We had such a great time putting together ‘Influence Vol. 1,’ but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor. We had no choice but to release a second volume. The influence that the older, great ones had on me, and the influence that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and his will done. It is what makes me the man I am.”

Randy's father, Harold Traywick, insists fans haven’t heard the last from his talented son. “He’s getting his voice back now, little by little,” Traywick says. Those close to the 55-year-old Randy insist he is getting better each day, but he still has a lot of work to do to recover fully.

"Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am" is available now for pre-order at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the project will receive the track "Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me" as an instant download, with two more songs available each week following the pre-order, including "Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line" on July 29 and "That’s The Way Love Goes" on Aug. 5. In addition, fans who pre-order will be able to download the full album online on Aug. 12, a full week ahead of the release date.
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Kellie Michaels is co-host of the top-rated "Brian & Kellie" morning show on KFDI, in Wichita, Kan., with husband, Brian Pierce. She and Brian are one of only a handful of married couples doing morning shows in the country.