“CBS News Sunday Morning” Gets an Exclusive Look Inside the Making of Singer Randy Travis' New AI-Created Song

Legendary country music star Randy Travis hasn't released a new single since suffering a stroke in 2013 that robbed him of his beloved singing voice. Until now. “CBS News Sunday Morning” correspondent Lee Cowan gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how advanced artificial intelligence allowed Travis to raise his voice again in a story airing Sunday, May 5, on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

“There's so much talk about all the negatives of AI,” said Cris Lacy, co-chairman and president of Warner Music Nashville. “We started with the concept of, 'What would AI… look like to us?' And the first thing that came to my mind [was] We would give Randy Travis his voice back.”

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Singer Randy Travis (right), with his longtime producer Kyle Lehning. They've collaborated on a new song: Travis' first single since suffering a stroke in 2013.

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Doctors gave Travis (“Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Deeper Than the Holler”) only a 2% chance of surviving the stroke. In addition to the paralysis, the part of his brain that controls speech and language was almost irreparably damaged.

Cowan spoke with Travis and his wife Mary, and also got a behind-the-scenes look at how Travis' longtime producer, Kyle Lehning, with Travis' blessing, created a song using the hit singer's previous audio tracks as a starting point. point. With the help of another singer, a specially designed AI program overlaid Travis' voice on the new recording. With Travis' input, Lehning painstakingly molded the AI-generated vocals into a song that felt authentic to the country icon. “It's not about how it sounds. It's about how it feels,” Lehning said.

“Having him here and being able to be an essential part of the decision-making process makes all the difference to me,” Lehning said.

“It's Randy Travis,” Lacy said. “Randy is on the other side of the microphone. … It's still his voice … There's no reason why he can't make music. … And to take that away from him, if he still wants to do that, I think is unconscionable .”

Cowan was there when Travis' country music friends and family first heard the song. Travis' single “Where That Came From” was released to the public on May 3.

“It's so weird trying to explain everything that's going through your head while you're listening to it,” said his stepdaughter, Cavanaugh Mauch.

Watch a preview clip from Lee Cowan's report above.

To hear Randy Travis' new single, “Where That Came From,” click on the video player below:


Randy Travis – Where That Came From (lyrical video) Through
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