One of the best artists when it comes to releasing country gospel hits is the great country music icon, Randy Travis. His incredible voice and talent combined with his amazing personality placed him into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition, he has received a plethora of awards and distinctions, proving his well-deserved spot in the country music industry.
Some of his well-known songs that have topped the charts and stood in the limelight include “I Told You So,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” and “Diggin’ Up Bones.” However, another song that really stood out among his recordings is his “Forever and Ever, Amen.” This was a no. 1 hit in 1987, giving Travis a Grammy Award.
A Grammy-award Winning Hit
A country gospel written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, “Forever and Ever, Amen” was recorded and popularized by Randy Travis in 1987. It was the first single from his second studio album, Always & Forever.
Immediately after its release, the song entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Soon, it sat on the top spot, giving Travis another no. 1 hit. Not only did it dominate the country charts in the U.S., it also clinched the no. 1 spot on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks. Meanwhile, it charted at no. 55 on the Singles Chart in the U.K.
Furthermore, in the 1987 Grammy Awards, “Forever and Ever, Amen” earned Travis a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song.” In addition, he also won Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music in the same year.
On April 29, 2014, the song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “Forever and Ever, Amen” became Travis’ first solo single to earn an RIAA certification.
Check out Randy Travis performing “Forever and Ever, Amen” live at the Grand Ole Opry in 1987: