Randy Travis is revered as a renowned figure in the field of American country music. Over the course of his career, which has spanned over three decades, he has issued twenty albums recorded in a studio setting.
On the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, sixteen of his more than fifty tunes peaked at number one. He has five number-one hits overall. In total, he has racked up more than fifty hits. Travis found himself in a position of popularity after his album “Storms of Life,” which sold more than four million copies.
Travis’ level of popularity has never waned, although he enjoyed significantly less success on the charts in the 1990s. He has been awarded many accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, and more than 25 million copies of his records have been sold worldwide. In 2016, Randy was given the distinction of being inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Travis had a stroke that seriously impaired his ability to communicate verbally and musically.
In the summer of 2013, Randy Travis was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, which caused him to stop breathing, but doctors brought him back to life. Despite this, he remained in a coma, and a few days later, the physicians found evidence of a previously undiagnosed stroke in him.
Travis needed to remove a section of his skull so there might be more room for the swelling. After five and a half months of treatment in the hospital, Randy was ready to begin his rehabilitation and was released from the facility. After discovering that Travis suffered from aphasia, it was unlucky for Randy and his wife, Mary Davis, to suffer another setback. The syndrome is very common among those who have survived a stroke.
To aid Travis in regaining his singing ability, Tracy, who has recently earned a degree in music, went to his home daily. She started off by giving him an explanation of Amazing Grace. It took Travis two months of intense effort before he could draw the letter “A,” but as soon as he did, the rest of the phrases came to him quickly.
Some stroke victims, like Travis, can regain their capacity to sing more quickly than they can usually regain their ability to talk. This is because different parts of the brain regulate singing and speaking. Randy was able to rehabilitate to the point that he could sing a brief passage of Amazing Grace without any assistance during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Mary Davis made the following statement in The Big Interview with Dan Rather:
“We probably practiced the song for six hours a day, trying our best to understand the lyrics and sing all four verses,” said one band member. When he received the microphone from me, I believe he reverted to his previous identity of Travis. It was stunningly beautiful in every way.
Travis is still putting out music and has become a TikTok sensation.
Although it is unlikely that Travis will regain the baritone voice that captured people’s hearts worldwide, he will always have a soft spot in his heart for music. He goes to Nashville regularly and spends his time in Tioga, Texas, going to random musical acts put on by local musicians. As Mary revealed to Saving Country Music, Randy is a music fan who enjoys listening to music. We make frequent stops to see folks perform in the immediate area or wherever we happen to be. When we hear music, our hearts beat faster than usual. Naturally, he will continue to appreciate singing and performing music in the foreseeable future. Because music is fundamental to who we are, we take pleasure in attending concerts given by other performers. That is precisely what he bestowed upon the world. It is now very satisfying for the world to give it back to him.
In the summer of 2020, Randy performed his first song since suffering a stroke for the first time. The song Fool’s Love Affair, which was also extremely popular on the airwaves, generated millions of downloads and streams. Randy wrote the song before he suffered the stroke, and according to Mary, he has additional songs from various stages in his career that will be released soon.
Randy believes that TikTok presents the best possibility for him to connect with his audience and interact with them. Randy takes great pleasure in performing duets with his fans. The rendition of Hank Williams’s “Hey Good Lookin'” that Randy did with GB of GBandMe is widely regarded as one of the most appealing duets Randy has ever performed. Randy couldn’t help but crack a grin as he sang the familiar tune to Hank’s well-known song.
Additionally, Randy posted a song that he had collaborated on with Alexandra Kay, which went viral after receiving many likes. Randy has 2.4 million followers on the TikTok platform.
Randy is still in the process of getting better, but his wife does say that he can be distant at times.
In Randy’s DVD titled “More Life,” Mary discusses how the medical professionals requested that she turn off Randy’s life support system. Randy bawled his eyes out and comforted Mary by squeezing her hand while responding to the inquiry. The response gave the impression that he desired to get into a fight.
Mary wasn’t prepared for how quickly Randy enrolled in the counseling program. However, relearning the processes that his brain had forgotten was a taxing and frustrating experience for him. Mary informed Ability Magazine that Randy had refrained from:
There was a moment where Randy had, for the most part, ceased responding to what was going on. After some time, he reached the point where he flat-out refused to go, but I insisted that he go anyway, and once we got there, he would just sit down. He had come to a standstill. Even the therapist has agreed that the client(s) require a break once it reaches that stage. I can’t even begin to fathom how exhausting it must be for them to try to start again after something like this.
Because of the challenge, Randy and Mary emphasized any indication of progress. His recuperation was eye-opening for Mary and Travis because none of them had ever suffered from a stroke or aphasia. Mary used to believe those who did not respond to her had nothing to contribute to the conversation.
She stated in an interview with Ability Magazine that Randy’s situation had caused her to question whether or not those who do not advocate for themselves have a chance of achieving their goals:
“Now that we’ve been through this, I’ve heard people walk away and say, “Well, I guess he doesn’t have anything to say to me,” if they speak to Randy or attempt to have a conversation with him, but he doesn’t respond. This happens when they speak to Randy or try to converse with him, but he doesn’t respond. You may think, “Oh my goodness, he actually does, but he has aphasia,” at this point.
In December 2021, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated to honor Randy’s 35 years of service as a family member. Randy was present and visibly thrilled throughout the celebrations that artists and fans held in honor of his achievements.
2021 was a fantastic year for Randy, especially after CMT honored him as an Artist of a Lifetime. In addition, to coincide with the occasion of the album’s 35th birthday, he issued a remastered edition of his first album, which was titled Storms of Life.
Randy is going to keep working hard to improve his health. Mary observes in More Life that “He’s obstinate.” That is one of his characteristics, and I’m not sure you’re aware of it.”