Three years after suffering a stroke that left him with an extremely limited vocabulary, Randy Travis tearfully accepted his Country Music Hall of Fame induction with just two very important words: ‘Thank you.’
Randy Travis, 56, was forced to put his legendary music career on hold in 2013 after suffering a brutal stroke. On Monday, March 28, the country superstar took the stage to accept his Hall of Fame honor with the help of his wife, Mary Davis, and revealed that although his speech is improving, it’s still very much a struggle for him to get through more than just a few words at a time.
For fans of Randy Travis, watching him speak almost three years after he nearly lost his life to a debilitating stroke is truly remarkable. Although he is a man of only a few words these days, his strength and resilience shine through — especially in this video of his speech from the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“Thank you,” Randy told the room full of press after being announced as the third and finale 2016 inductee. He then seemed as if he was trying to say more, but eventually gave up with a smile and passed the mic to his wife, Mary, who took on the task of giving his full speech.
“He lived and he loved the songs that he wrote, and the songs that he sang,” Mary told the room, as Randy teared up next to her. She continued by sharing the story of how Randy became a singer, which she revealed only happened because his older brother, Ricky, refused to do so when they started taking music lessons. This made Randy laugh out loud, which was an extra sweet moment for the artist.
Although Mary focused mostly on Randy’s long career in music, she touched on his stroke just before ending the speech. “Thank you for the people that have been our friends and that have stood beside us through the last three years, after spending the months in the hospital when they really said there was no hope, go ahead and pull the plug,” she shared. “I went to his bedside and I said, ‘Baby, you gotta give me some more fight.’ I knew that he had had a little talk with Jesus because he squeezed my hand and a little tear fell down and I knew that he wasn’t through yet.”
You can watch Randy and Mary’s full speech in the video above. Congrats to Randy, his team, and his wife on their amazing honor! Here’s to hoping we haven’t heard the last of Randy’s music just yet.
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