Coun­try mu­sic star Travis stuns crowd with per­for­mance

Baltimore Sun - - WEATHER - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Coun­try singer Randy Travis found his dis­tinc­tive voice three years af­ter a life-threat­en­ing stroke and sang “Amaz­ing Grace” dur­ing his in­duc­tion Sun­day into the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame.

The Grammy-win­ning bari­tone singer bat­tled back from the stroke in 2013 to sing again dur­ing the medal­lion cer­e­mony in Nashville, Tenn. Travis, 57, was in­ducted along with fid­dler Char­lie Daniels and record pro­ducer Fred Foster.

Fel­low artists, in­clud­ing Kris Kristof­fer­son, Dolly Par­ton, Alan Jack­son, Brad Pais­ley and Garth Brooks, hon­ored the three in­ductees with mu­si­cal tributes.

But it was Travis’ singing that brought a stunned si­lence and tears to the crowd. Travis en­dured years of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and therapy to re­gain his voice.

His wife, Mary Davis-Travis, spoke about the nu­mer­ous pro­ce­dures and surg­eries to save his life and a six-month stay in the hos­pi­tal af­ter a vi­ral in­fec­tion caused his stroke.

Daniels, the fid­dler player be­hind the hit song “The Devil Went Down to Ge­or­gia,” was hon­ored for his multi­genre style blend­ing South­ern rock, blue­grass, gospel and coun­try mu­sic.

Foster ran the in­flu­en­tial Mon­u­ment Records, which helped launch the ca­reers of Roy Or­bi­son and Wil­lie Nel­son, as well as Par­ton and Kristof­fer­son.

RICK DI­A­MOND/COUN­TRY MU­SIC HALL OF FAME & MU­SEUM

Randy Travis, who suf­fered a stroke in 2013, sings “Amaz­ing Grace” with his wife, Mary Davis-Travis, by his side dur­ing his in­duc­tion Sun­day into the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

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