By Emily Wagner
It’s one of the most iconic country songs of all time. It’s one of my go-to songs when I’m driving in my car, or just when I need a feel-good song. It was released 7 years before I was even born. That is the magic of Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
The song was penned by songwriting powerhouses, Paul Overstreet and Don Schiltz, who if you look at their resumes, make songwriting look easy. Some credit is due to Schiltz’s son, who every night, when saying his prayers, would look at his mom and say “I love you forever and ever, amen.” Schiltz brought the idea to Overstreet and a few hours they had a song. The song was sent to Travis and released to the world in March of 1987.
By June of ‘87 the song hit the top of the charts and stayed there for three weeks. Within the next year it would go on to rack up the awards; CMA and ACM Song of the Year, a Grammy for Best Country and Western Song, and decades later was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America — becoming Travis’ first single to do so.
There is something about this song that will stand the test of time. The sweet, simple melody, the universal theme of love, and Randy Travis’ distinctive voice collaborate to make what I would argue, as one of the best country songs out there.