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Randy Travis Heath Update: Singer Survives Near Death Illness, Celebrates With New Album 'The Influence Vol 1: The Man I Am'

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Oct 02, 2013 02:16 PM EDT | James Knight

Randy Travis

Billy Ray Cyrus has a new health update for his follow country star, Randy Travis. Cyrus, who filmed the pilot episode for 'Evil Inclinations' alongside Travis, is offering up prayers for co-star. (Photo : Reuters)

Randy Travis is on the road to recovery after a near death illness almost killed him. And to celebrate surviving, he has released his latest album, The Influence Vol 1: The Man I Am. The newest record from the legendary artist is out now.

Randy Travis' long awaited new record The Influence Vol 1: The Man I Am is already in stores. The cover album features Travis' take on tracks made famous by artists like: Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell and eight songs by Merle Haggard, as well as an original duet featuring Joe Nichols. Travis released a statement explaining why he chose to make this recorded at this point in his career:

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“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. They are the reason I chose to make this album.”

Travis' previous release, 2011's 25th Anniversary Celebration Album, relived some of the legend's greatest hits of the past, with the help of some of country music's hottest new stars. This included acts like: The Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as, Willie Nelson and Travis' own influence--the late George Jones.

The 54-year-old has struggled with sobriety in the past and has a history of DUIs. This new album is part of Randy's latest attempts to turn his life around. He was court-ordered to undergo alcohol treatment in order to avoid a six month jail sentence and is currently sober. 

The highly accomplished singer, songwriter and actor has earned an impressive six Grammys, six Country Music Awards, nine ACMs, ten AMAs and seven Dove Awards over the course of his career. Travis is perhaps best known for his hit songs: “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Deeper Than the Holler,” “Digging Up Bones,” “On the Other Hand,” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”

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