Randy Travis definitely still has it — forever and ever. The country star who suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 16, and surprised the crowd by singing for the first time in years. Watch the video.
“Randy Travis was the forefather that kind of laid it down,” Garth Brooks said on Sunday night when inducting the legendary singer into the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony. “Tell me some other artist in some other genre ever in the history of mankind who has taken a format, turned it around back to where it was coming from and made it bigger than it was. It’s never happened, and it will never happen again.”
Alan Jackson also spoke on Randy, saying he “opened the door to a lot of guys and girls who wanted to sing real country music,” and compared him to Elvis. “When he sang, the women were screaming and fainting. And he was singing real country music. When I listen to country music today, I think it’s time for a new Randy Travis to come along.”
Alan sang Randy’s “On the Other Hand,” Brad Paisley sang “Forever and Ever, Amen,” and Garth sang “Three Wooden Crosses. Randy can not yet form full sentences, so his wife Mary Davis-Travis spoke on his behalf. “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,” she said. “Tonight, I want to give back to the voice of Randy Travis. If you’ll stand.”
With that, he sang a verse from “Amazing Grace,” and of course, the entire crowd became very emotional. This is the first time we’ve heard Randy sing since his stroke in 2013, due to a viral infection in his heart. At the time, doctors did not expect him to recover and he nearly died. However, he has since began to work on his speech and regain his ability to walk.