Country music legend Randy Travis has been overcoming major hurdles for years. His wife Mary has been by his side all the way.
Travis suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, which caused him to drop out of the public eye. But there was an occasion in 2016, when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, that he made extra special.
A lot of time and work was done in order to get Travis ready for a surprise performance of “Amazing Grace.”
In a new interview with veteran newsman Dan Rather, Mary Travis talks about the process of getting Randy Travis in singing shape.
Mary Travis said “Amazing Grace” had “always been so special to (Randy).” He sang the hymn in May 2013 at the funeral of country music legend George Jones.
She goes on to say that “the words all came back to him.”
Randy Travis Spent Two Months Getting Letter A Down
“We spent about two months on the letter A,” Mary Travis said, “but when we got A down, then the next letters and vowels seemed to come exponentially.”
Before his October 2016 appearance, Randy Travis would spend six hours per day preparing for singing “Amazing Grace.”
Just a few people knew what was going to happen that night. One of them was Travis’ wife Mary.
“I asked him, probably about 30 minutes before the induction started — I said, ‘Honey, do you feel comfortable doing it?'” Mary Travis said. “And he looked at me, and he said, ‘Yup!’ …
“When I put that microphone in his hand, he just became Randy Travis again,” Mary Travis said. “It was absolutely beautiful.”
Travis Appears On Josh Turner Cover Of Classic Song
There have been a few times since that 2016 appearance that Randy Travis has been seen in public. One of the most touching moments was when country singer Josh Turner did a cover version of Travis’ classic “Forever And Ever, Amen.”
Turner recorded the song and made a video of it. He is seen performing at Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar in Nashville. Travis is streamed in virtually with Mary by his side. Turner sings the song until, at the very end, Travis sings his legendary “Amen” to close it out.
Travis returns to recording music in this video for the first time since his stroke. “Forever And Ever, Amen” is just one song on Turner’s album, “Country State of Mind.”
Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams all receive tips of Turner’s cowboy hat on the album. Their influence played a big role in Turner’s musical life.
“I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” Turner said. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”
H/T: Taste Of Country