The Clean Cut: Randy Travis returns after stroke, sings 'Amazing Grace'
Oct 18 2016 by Francis Osborne
The Country Music Hall of Fame added three new names to its roster of 130 inductees, with new member Randy Travis providing the poignant highpoint of an emotional two-and-a-half hour ceremony.
In July 2013, he was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after developing an upper respiratory infection and three days later suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to sing, speak or walk. With help from his wife, Mary Davis-Travis and Country singer Brad Paisley, Travis climbed the stairs and Brooks hung the medallion around his neck. "Today, God's proof of a miracle stands before you", she said.
The country music star, who was being inducted into the hall, took the podium and performed a few lyrics from Amazing Grace.
The 57-year-old singer was honored for being the first country artist whose debut album "Storms of Life" went platinum in its first year and he ushered in a wave of neo-traditional singers like Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Brooks in the 1990s.
Travis was lauded by Jackson, who sang On the Other Hand, and Paisley, who performed Forever and Ever, Amen.
"Today the world is spinning right", Brooks said before the formal induction of the "Forever and Ever, Amen", singer. But on this night, for him, Travis joining him as a Country Hall of Fame member made flawless sense. Travis has been rebuilding his vocal chords after suffering a severe stroke three years ago, making the moment one filled with proud and happy tears throughout the crowd.
In 2011, when Brooks was told of his impending induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he highlighted entering it without Travis.
"A plaque on this wall is not just another award or accolade", he said. That is sure the case with Foster, a producer put Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison on record.
Yearwood and Jamey Johnson sang for Daniels, as did Trace Adkins who teamed with virtuoso violinist Andrea Zonn for a memorable version of Daniels' signature hit Devil Went Down to Georgia.
Foster was inducted by Vince Gill.
"You really gave me a shot ... and you were a gentleman when Porter Wagoner stole me away", Parton told Foster before she performed her first hit Dumb Blonde in his honor. "I was arrested for trying to outrun policemen I don't know how many times", Travis said in the video. "And you look like at a man like Fred Foster and there's a man that has been a champion for all these years".