In 2013, country singer Randy Travis suffered a debilitating stroke caused by a viral infection. The Grammy-winning artist, known for his distinctive baritone vocals, underwent numerous surgeries while in critical condition.
After six months in the hospital, Travis fought back and recovered. Miraculously, he gained his voice back — though he still can’t speak in full sentences.
Travis, 57, was inducted into the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame. During the medallion ceremony in Nashville, TN, he unexpectedly broke into a rendition of “Amazing Grace” while standing at the podium.
No one expected it, and everyone was speechless.
“Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked,” his wife, Mary Davis-Travis, announced to the crowd. “Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you.”
Garth Brooks was one of the many artists who honored this year’s inductees. He also stood beside Travis onstage while he accepted the award.
Travis is the first country artist whose debut album went platinum in the first year it was released.