Randy Travis honored for great career despite health issues: ‘What country music is all about’

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Randy Travis is one of the most famous country artists of all time, and the country music industry is ready to celebrate him while also raising awareness about a health issue that has radically altered his life.



Travis, noted for classics such as “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” “Deeper Than the Holler,” and “Forever and Ever, Amen,” will be honored with an event titled “A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis.”

Ahead of the October show, the singer spoke with Fox News Digital about his illustrious career, accompanied by his wife, Mary.
Randy, who has limited speech due to a major stroke in 2013 that left him with aphasia, said the idea that so many country singers are banding together to honor his career means “a lot” to him.
Mary primarily talks for her husband, and she elaborated, stating, “It is really important to him. I mean, just knowing that he created the music he did and that it has stood the test of time.





“And then to have tributes to you when you can’t sing the song, but somebody else will come in and step in for you, and some of the great musicians that do step in, you know, that says, ‘Hey, I want to be one of those that sings your music’ when they have a full library of their music. But it’s like, ‘I simply want to donate this time and energy to singing your song because it made a difference in my life,'” she explained, as Randy smiled and nodded in agreement.
Mary described Randy’s huge library as “the hymn of country music,” because “that’s what his songs do for people.” They transport people to a time and place that is meaningful to them.”




Randy Travis honored for great career despite health issues: ‘What country music is all about’

“So, to receive a tribute just implies you accomplished something correctly. Somewhere along the way, that had an impact. And we do not want to forget that.”
The tribute performance will be held in Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena in Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. While the performers have yet to be announced, a percentage of the evening’s revenues will benefit the Randy Travis Foundation. The charity focuses on raising awareness of stroke and aphasia, as well as promoting music education in schools.
Mary stated, “There’s nothing more heartwarming” than seeing Randy’s peers appreciate him in this way, and he grinned and answered, “Yeah.”




Randy Travis celebrates his 60th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry.

“They could all be busy doing something else,” she added. “They couldn’t connect with the music well enough to recognize the song. As previously said, they have their own song collection. “These people who are coming to sing a tribute to Randy… somewhere along the line, sitting on the foot of their bed, strumming their guitar when they’re 13 years old, singing ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’, ‘Digging Up Bones’, or ‘1982,’ it made a difference in their life.”




Randy started recording country music in 1978, but it wasn’t until 1985 that he began to experience significant popularity. “1982” was his first single to enter the top ten of the Billboard country charts. After that song became a hit, his record label re-released an earlier track, “On the Other Hand,” which rose to the top of the charts. His debut album included those songs, as well as “Digging Up Bones” and “No Place Like Home.”

He recorded four songs from his second album: “Forever and Always, Amen,” “I Told You So,” “Too Gone Too Long,” and “I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever),” all of which became country chart hits. Randy also won his first Grammy for best male country vocal performance with the album.




Randy Travis honored for great career despite health issues: ‘What country music is all about’

He proceeded to release hits throughout the rest of the ’80s and ’90s, eventually winning another Grammy for the album “8×10.” Then, in 2000, he made his debut in Christian country music with the CD “Inspirational Journey.” He would win three more Grammys for this type of music, as well as another smash tune, “Three Wooden Crosses.”
In 2009, he won his sixth Grammy for “I Told You So” alongside Carrie Underwood. Throughout his career, he has won five Country Music Association Awards, ten Academy of Country Music Awards, and ten American Music Awards.





Randy’s career was inspired by country music superstars such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams, Vern Gosdin, and Lefty Frizzell, according to Mary.

“Starting when he was 4 or 5 years old, his daddy had him listen to these songs, and he was playing them,” she said. She also pointed out that Travis “had all these great mentors and people that he loved and looked up to.”

She also mentioned a touching event shared on Randy’s TikTok account in June, when another country artist, Tim McGraw, serenaded Randy backstage at the CMA Fest with one of his songs, “On the Other Hand,” with Randy joining in near the end.



“This is what country music is all about,” she told me. “This is what music is really about. You know, it brings out the best in every one of us. And just kindness, tenderness, and heart. It’s all heart. And that meant a lot to us. We can’t thank Tim enough for that moment in time.”

Randy was only able to sing along with McGraw briefly since he had a medical mishap in July 2013 that would have a significant influence on his life in the future.
Following a respiratory infection, he acquired viral cardiomyopathy, a heart ailment that put him in severe condition. Days following his diagnosis, he suffered a massive stroke that necessitated surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain. Because of the stroke, he suffered from aphasia. While he clearly understands what is spoken to him, he struggles to communicate for himself and is frequently only able to talk or sing a few words at a time.



When asked how he’s feeling these days, Randy remarked, “Good,” and when informed he looked terrific, he laughed and said, “Thank you.”

He also agreed while Mary explained that their faith helped them through his health struggles.

“He’s very faithful,” she said. “We, you know, we leaned hard on God. It’s been 10 years now since the stroke, and that’s hard to believe… There’s really no words for it and there’s not a day that goes by that I just don’t thank God for his grace and his mercy.”

RANDY TRAVIS NEARLY DIED AFTER A STROKE

She stated that the first three years following the stroke were spent in rehabilitation and “wondering if we had another day on this sweet earth,” but Randy is now doing extremely well; he saw his cardiologist last week and was assured that everything looks fine. Now that his health has improved, they hope to undertake more charity work with the Randy Travis Foundation.





“We want people to understand strokes, stroke rehabilitation, and the fact that there is life after a stroke,” Mary told Fox News Digital. “We discovered that, of all the rehabs we went through, living was the finest. Simply get out there. Go back to what you were doing before. The world may wonder why you’re out here, but just go out there and, you know, dance like no one’s watching, sing like no one’s listening, and have fun. “It is truly the best therapy.”




Randy Travis honored for a great career despite health issues: ‘What country music is all about’

“And we want people to understand aphasia because aphasia, it’s a tough one… but one out of three stroke victims – I don’t call them victims. I call them survivors – but it’s one out of three. You’re affected by aphasia. It may be minor. It may be major. Randy’s happens to be major because of this side of the brain and the part of the brain that was affected. And it was a massive stroke because it was three days in detention.”




Randy Travis Foundation is also dedicated to ensuring that music instruction is available in schools, which Randy and Mary are passionate about due to Randy’s own school experience.

“Randy may not have been good in English and history and all these other subjects, but dang, where would we be without his music?” she blurted out. “Where would we be without this music?” So we want to ensure that children who learn from that side of the brain have access to all of the opportunities available in academia.”
Randy agreed, saying that not exposing students to music in school “breaks my heart because I think, ‘What would we do without these artists who sing the music?'” I mean, they’re the rhythm of our lives, is this music?”




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