If you are a fan of country music, you probably know the song “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis. It is one of his most popular and beloved songs, and it has been covered by many other artists over the years. But do you know the story behind this song and how it became a hit?

“Forever and Ever, Amen” was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, two of the most successful songwriters in Nashville. They had previously written hits for Kenny Rogers, The Judds, Tanya Tucker, and others. They were inspired by their own marriages and wanted to write a song that expressed their commitment and devotion to their wives.

The song was recorded by Randy Travis for his second album, Always & Forever, which was released in 1987. Travis had already established himself as a leading figure in the neotraditional country movement, which revived the classic sounds of country music in contrast to the pop-oriented trends of the 1980s. Travis had a distinctive deep voice that conveyed emotion and sincerity, and he was praised for his authentic and honest style.

“Forever and Ever, Amen” was released as the first single from Always & Forever in March 1987. It quickly climbed the charts and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in June. It stayed at the top spot for three weeks, becoming Travis’ third number one hit. It also crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was well received by critics and fans alike, who loved its simple yet powerful message of unconditional love. It won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Song and the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year. It also helped Travis win his second consecutive Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and his second consecutive CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.

“Forever and Ever, Amen” has become a classic country song that is often played at weddings and anniversaries. It is considered one of Travis’ signature songs, and one of the greatest country songs of all time. According to BMI, it has been performed more than six million times on radio and television.