Country music star Travis stuns crowd with performance
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.
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.