3 Years After His Massive Stroke, Randy Travis Returns To Sing “Amazing Grace” Like Only He Can
This video clip captures the deeply emotive performance given by country music legend Randy Travis in honor of another fine country legend, George Jones.
The tribute was performed in the Grand Ole Opry, where many a country singer has had the chance to shine. Seated alone on stage, before a hushed audience, Travis began his rendition of that all-time classic, “Amazing Grace.”
All the lighting was dim except for the soft purple and blue stage lighting that illuminated the lone singer. A spotlight shined on Travis and he appeared alone in an almost eerie silence. With only the soft strumming of a guitar, Travis began to sing.
The melancholic song is delivered with the singer’s signature rich, deep, unhurried and respectful tones. Not a single sound from the audience disturbed the heartfelt performance that filled the auditorium and embraced everyone who was privileged to be there that evening.
Many of the country music industry’s biggest acts were in attendance to pay tribute to the industry pioneer that was George Jones, including Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and of course Randy Travis.
Three years earlier, Randy suffered a massive stroke that put his future in doubt. His wife Mary says it’s been a long road – with many emotional ups and downs, but they are grateful for the prayers and support of Randy’s fans.
“We are blessed. We are happy to be where we are. We do not know what God has in store for us at the end of this recovery. Right now, we’re just grateful to be where we are and sing one more song,” she said, holding back tears. “We’re happy to serve a purpose wherever there’s a purpose to serve. Of course, one day he would like to return to that stage. We’re just enjoying life right now and we’re very blessed to be where we are.”
This performance was 3 years after the stroke. Mr. It took Travis many more years of therapy to regain his voice and guitar skills. God bless you, Randi. You still have it.
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