Earlier this month, Randy Travis’ comeback began a whole new chapter. Travis, a country music icon, suffered a scary, life-threatening stroke in July of 2013, which had rendered him unable to perform. During his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, however, fans were able to hear the unmistakable sound of his voice once again.
After being formally inducted by another country music legend in Garth Brooks, Travis took to the stage with his wife, Mary Davis, who spoke of the long road they have traveled over the past three years. In a spine-tingling moment, Travis then sang a short, poignant rendition of Amazing Grace. As can be seen in a video posted by Rare Country, it was received with a standing ovation from an emotional audience that also helped sing along.
In an exciting announcement, it appears as though Travis will be returning to the stage yet again — and very soon. According to Parade, the 57-year-old country music legend has now been added to the lineup of performers for the upcoming CMA Awards. Previously, it had been announced that a tribute had been planned for Travis.
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Travis is known for a number of country classics, including, but not limited to, “Deeper Than The Holler,” “On The Other Hand,” “1982,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses.” He has always been recognized for his unique vocals and traditional brand of country music. A man of many talents, Travis has also acted in Hollywood movies, starring alongside actors such as the late Patrick Swayze in the 1998 film Black Dog and Rob Lowe in the 1995 western Frank & Jesse.
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According to Billy Dukes of Taste of Country, even though Travis’ stroke claimed his ability to speak and restricted his mobility, he vowed to one day return to the stage. However long the odds may have been, he has now achieved that goal.
Understandably, when Travis performed his rendition of Amazing Grace, his one-of-a-kind voice may not have quite been what it once was. It was described by Katie Mettler of the Washington Post as “shaky and slightly garbled.” That being said, the classic tone of his voice was still eminently recognizable. It also marked a major milestone for just how far he has come in only a few short years, and it now appears that there is more in store for Travis’ comeback.
The upcoming CMA Awards will be the 50th show in the event’s history. As Parade also points outs, plenty of other stars will be in attendance when the next chapter of Travis’ comeback is written as well. Per Parade, fellow 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels will now be making an appearance, as will many others.
“Joining the already stellar lineup are CMA Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark; former CMA Awards host Clint Black; CMA Award winners Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride; 2016 CMA Awards nominees Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton; and Elle King, Pentatonix, and Dwight Yoakam.”
Parade also detailed the breakdown of the previously-announced performers. Indeed, it is a lineup that already featured plenty of recognizable names.
“Other superstars, including Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait and Keith Urban, will take the stage, among others. And, of course, co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will perform during the telecast.”
Travis’ comeback may be one of the most inspiring stories in the entertainment world this year. The extent to which he will be able to perform remains to be seen, but it is certainly exciting to hear that his comeback will continue at the 50th annual CMA Awards.
The CMA Awards can be seen on ABC on November 2 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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