‘Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked.’
Sunday night, country music legend Randy Travis, 56, returned to the stage after a devastating stroke left him nearly immobile and unable to speak in complete sentences. He was being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville alongside Charlie Daniels and producer Fred Foster. His wife, Mary Davis-Travis, made his acceptance speech saying: “Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked. Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you.” Travis was then handed a microphone and sang a soulful version of “Amazing Grace.”
Travis’ suffered from a virus that attacked the muscles of his heart which led to congestive heart failure and a massive stroke. He would go on to spend six months in the hospital recovering from his condition and years in rehabilitation to regain his mobility and speech. Travis changed country music in the late ‘80s by ushering in a style of traditional music that paved the way for artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson.