Country Throwback: Randy Travis Sings ‘How Do I Wrap My Heart Up for Christmas’ for 2008 Special

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer-songwriter Randy Travis had a smooth style when he performed “How Do I Wrap My Heart Up For Christmas” in 2008.

Travis starred in his own holiday special, “Christmas on the Pecos,” that year. The video was part of a concert filmed in Carlsbad, N.M., where there is an annual holiday boat celebration called Christmas on the Pecos. Boats cover themselves in Christmas lights and go down the Pecos River, forming a colorful entourage.

Fans of the country music singer that watch him in this video will have warm memories of Travis before he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013.

Take a few minutes and listen to Randy Travis sing this Christmas-themed song.

‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ Still A Special Randy Travis Song

For those who have followed Travis’ career, they know how important “Forever and Ever, Amen” has been to him.

That song, off of his “Always & Forever” album, went to No. 1 on the Hot Country Charts in 1987. He won Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year honors at the 1987 CMA Awards.

“Forever and Ever, Amen” started a run of seven career Grammy Awards for him.

Josh Turner decided to record his own version of that song and, for the first time since suffering his stroke, Travis went into the recording studio.

In the video Turner just released, Randy Travis is streamed in virtually with his wife by his side.

Turner is performing with a band from Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar in Nashville. Travis delivers his iconic “Amen,” line to close out the song.

Travis and his iconic song are part of Turner’s new album, “Country State of Mind.”

Additionally, Turner pays respect to five core country music favorites on the album. Firstly, there’s Travis; secondly, there’s John Anderson; thirdly, there’s Johnny Cash; fourthly, there’s Vern Gosdin; and finally, there’s Hank Williams.

“I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” Turner said. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”

He has some big goals ahead if he’s going to catch Travis’ amazing career. Travis has amassed 16 No. 1 songs, more than 50 on the Hot Country Charts alone, and sold more than 24 million albums.