Randy Travis Celebrated for Legendary Career and Inspiring Others After Health Issues

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Kane Brown, Dennis Quaid, Lorrie Morgan, Shenandoah, and many other big names in country music came to Huntsville, Alabama’s VBC Propst Arena on October 24, 2023, for the first of two shows honoring the legendary and iconic Randy Travis. A stroke ten years ago hurt Randy Travis’s health and made it hard for him to speak and sing, but he was there to enjoy the honors and see other stars perform his famous songs.Randy Travis: Biography, Country Music Singer, 'Storms of Life'

Randy Travis has had a very successful career. He is one of the best-selling acts of all time. He has won many awards during his famous career, including seven Grammys, eleven Academy of Country Music trophies, ten American Music Awards, eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and five Country Music Association honors. He is included in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987), and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002) were his hits that won CMA Song of the Year awards. 23 No. 1 songs, 31 Top 10 hits, and more than 40 roles in movies and TV shows are all among his accomplishments. It was 2021 when CMT called Travis the CMT Artist of a Lifetime. The following year, the award-winning documentary More Life was made about him.

Randy can’t sing his own songs anymore, so it’s heartwarming to hear other singers perform Randy’s songs. I know he loves that, his wife Mary Travis tells Woman’s World in an exclusive interview on October 24, 2023. “He’ll say, ‘Well, you should have cut that song instead of me,’ but that’s just Randy Travis being humble.”

Randy Travis’s health report

Randy Travis had a stroke that almost killed him in 2013 when he was only 54 years old. He had to have surgery to remove a clot in his brain. Mary Travis remembers, “He was in a coma for three days, and they didn’t figure out right away that he was having a stroke.” “Well, medicine couldn’t help at that point.”

Randy Travis worked hard to stay alive, but the stroke had a huge effect on his long-term health, speech, and ability to move around. Even though Randy has gotten better over the last ten years, he still has trouble speaking. That’s why his wife Mary does interviews and public events, and Randy adds a few words here and there.

According to Mary, Randy has aphasia, a language disorder that is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls how we speak and understand words. “We didn’t know what aphasia was, but one in three people who have had a stroke.”

“Aphasia has taken away a lot of Randy’s speech and singing,” says Mary, who had to learn how it affects talking, writing, and getting things done. “A lot of people think Randy is rude or won’t talk, but that’s not true. Randy gets everything; he just can’t communicate as well as he used to. I want people to know this: Randy doesn’t not understand,”
Figuring out what God wants
Through the Randy Travis Foundation, Randy and Mary are now trying to teach others about aphasia, strokes, and how to spot a stroke before it does damage. The foundation is also committed to giving kids arts and music enrichment.

Mary says, “The Foundation has become our new goal.” “People tell Randy, ‘We’re sorry.'” We’re not sorry, though. That was part of God’s plan. Now we can touch lives we never would have before.

Mary thinks it’s important to accept God’s plan. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a famous country singer, a teacher, a police officer, or a stay-at-home mom, which is one of the best jobs ever. You make a change by deciding what difference you want to make. This is what Randy Travis does. We wouldn’t change anything.”Is Randy Travis going to make new music?
Many people are shocked and happy to hear that Randy and Mary are also working on a new album. She smiles and says, “There is a 100% chance that there is more Randy Travis music from the vault that has never been heard.” “I tell Randy, ‘Stay still with your music.'” It’s just not the same. Randy is still making music and changing lives and affecting those who come after him, even when he is quiet.

Mary even tells us that Randy’s longtime producer Kyle Lehning has already mixed a new record. “Everything is all set to go!”Never-Before-Heard Randy Travis Song Released | Hawaii's Real Country -  Honolulu, HI

A tribute to a famous person
Randy doesn’t act anymore, but he and Mary still like going to concerts, award shows, and special events. In October 2023, Randy joined the other Hall of Fame members at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony.

The Travis family is also looking forward to the second “A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis” concert, which will take place at the Texas Trust CU Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas, on November 15. The event will feature artists from the Lone Star state.


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