So much for authentic.

Country music icon Randy Travis surprised fans with a new song, “Where That Came From,” featuring AI-generated vocals due to his stroke. This marks his first charted song in nearly two decades and the first significant use of AI for vocals in Country music. Mr. Travis posted on his Instagram account, “Having my hand in every aspect of this release is a blessing like no other. When it comes to me singing songs for you, there’s always more where that came from. Thank you for celebrating this milestone together and making it one to remember.” While some view it as a historic moment for AI’s potential in music, the genre traditionally emphasizes authenticity. Country Radio Seminar data shows fans are largely unfamiliar with AI and have concerns about its growing presence in music, creating a debate about its role in preserving the genre’s character.