Will Randy Travis Return To Performing Backed By AI?

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Randy Travis released his first newly recorded song since his 2013 stroke. He’s bringing his More Life tour to a popular Nashville venue in the coming weeks. Now fans wonder if he will return to performing full-time backed by AI.

Randy Travis Tops Charts With Song Created With AI

Country singer Randy Travis suffered a stroke in 2013 that almost cost him his life. It took his ability to speak, walk, and sing. He regained some of his mobility in the decade since the stroke. However, he relies on a wheelchair most of the time. One thing he hasn’t done since the stroke is sing.

He did release new music in 2020 with a series of singles from his vault, recorded back in the 1980s. Randy Travis made his way back to the top of the music charts this month with a newly recorded single, “Where That Came From.”

Randy Travis/Credit: YouTube
Randy Travis/Credit: YouTube

How did he record a new song without the ability to sing? Artificial intelligence and the help of vocalist James DuPre. According to Forbes, the song was created with voice cloning technology to recreate Randy Travis’ voice on a track previously recorded by singer James DuPre.

While many in the music industry have questioned the impact of using AI, the song quickly reached the top of the charts, sitting at No. 2 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart.

Country Singer Speaks Out On Return To Music

Losing the ability to sing and perform for his legions of fans was something that devastated the singer. He took to social media after the release of his new single to express just how much it meant to him.

Releasing new music fills a void in my heart that has been missing for over a decade, and celebrating this moment reminds me of how fortunate I am to share music in ways never thought possible.

Randy Travis added, “It’s the gift of a lifetime, and I am eternally grateful.”

Will Randy Travis Return To Performing Backed By AI?

The singer announced an one-night only performance next month at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s slated to take the stage and James DuPre is listed as a special guest. Will the “Forever And Ever, Amen” singer perform, backed by AI?

According to American Songwriter, the concert is a simply a celebration of the singer’s decades-long career. The outlet notes that music performed will not by AI-generated.

While Randy Travis won’t be performing, he will be on stage alongside his wife, Mary Travis, throughout the concert.

What do you think about Randy Travis using AI to create a new song? How do you think it will impact the music industry in the future? Sound off in the comments.

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