Sunday night in downtown Nashville, three living legends were honored with one of the greatest accolades in country music. Hit producer Fred Foster, fiddle playing extraordinaire Charlie Daniels and singer-songwriter Randy Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last night. In front of a crowd of A-listers the three North Carolina born musical geniuses were serenaded by some of the greatest names in the industry; including Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Garth Brooks but it was a different performance that stole the show.
After a viral infection caused a stroke that nearly killed him in 2013, numerous surgeries, a six month hospital stay and years of rehab, Randy Travis is still barely able to speak; yet last night, with wife Mary Davis-Travis standing by his side the voice that changed country music forever was heard once again.
Today is the greatest day of Randy’s celebrated music career, Randy wants to thank you for listening and loving him. Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked. Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you. Tonight, I want to give back to the voice of Randy Travis. If you’ll stand …” spoke Mary before Randy performed acapella the opening line to “Amazing Grace” in front of a star studded crowd who sang right along with him.
Before his surprise performance some of Travis’ long time friends paid tribute to him performing some of his greatest songs; Alan Jackson sang “On the Other Hand”, Brad Paisley performed “Forever and Ever, Amen” and Garth Brooks delivered “Three Wooden Crosses” before Davis-Travis and Paisley helped Travis onto the stage where Brooks hung the hallowed medal around his neck.
Six-time Grammy Award winning baritone Randy Travis broke into the country music scene in 1986 with his debut album “Storms of Life” which hit #1 on US Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Since then he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted over 50 singles on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; 16 of which were number-ones. His unique voice and influential songs have also earned him 6 CMA Awards, 10 AMA Awards, 9 ACM Awards, 8 Dove Awards and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame among numerous other before yesterday’s honor of a lifetime.
Since his stroke, Travis is no longer able to perform but you can find all of his hits and more on his webpage at randytravis.com and keep up to date with him on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
Watch Randy Travis singing Amazing Grace at the Country Music Hall of Fame here:
Written by Josie Bisto