Randy Travis Amazes Crowd at His Hall of Fame Induction

He has recovered from stroke enough to sing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2016 1:18 AM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2016 5:59 AM CDT
Randy Travis Sings Again at Hall of Fame Induction
Artists Charlie Daniels, Duane Allen, Charley Pride, Joe Bonsall, Randy Travis, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" at the close of the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony.   (Laura Roberts)

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 2013 stroke to sing again during the medallion ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. Guests at the ceremony stood and sang with Travis, who is now able to walk again but can't yet speak in sentences, the Tennessean reports. The 57-year-old singer was inducted along with fiddler Charlie Daniels and record producer Fred Foster.

Fellow artists including Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, and more honored the three inductees with musical tributes. But it was Travis' singing that brought a stunned silence and tears to the crowd after his years of rehabilitation and therapy to regain his voice, the AP reports. Mary Davis-Travis, his wife, 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. "Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked," Davis-Travis said. "Today God's proof of a miracle stands before you." (This new video honoring the legendary Travis will give you chills.)

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