During the 2015 ACM Awards, the country music community celebrated 50 years of ACM history. But the history of the organization wasn't the only thing to be celebrated. Among all of the artists honored that night, Randy Travis was one who stood out in in the crowd. Due to his devastating stroke in 2013, Randy hasn't been in the public eye for quite some time. The audience in the sold out AT&T Stadium couldn't have given him a warmer welcome, yet another sign of how much this country legend has been missed.
To show his appreciation, Randy wrote this heartfelt letter that was posted on his website after the awards show.
Hello, my friends. It was an amazing gift to feel all the love from you in Dallas at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It has been a hard-fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding of God’s grace, and how quickly events can change us.
Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed. The kind cards and heartfelt letters of testimony and encouragement brought me through the darkest of days. Mary read each and every one of them to me, and I felt the love and concern being sent my way; and, I gathered strength from this. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me, and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me. Writing songs was always a passion of mine, and I still have a lot to share with you. It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans … my friends, who with God’s amazing grace, have brought me this far. As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way.
I wish you each — good health, a kind word, a song in your heart, and a friend that has your back trough thick and thin.
My gratitude & love, “Forever and Ever, Amen”
Randy attended the 2015 ACM Awards with his longtime fiancee and now wife, Mary Davis. Although he has been silenced by the stroke, there is no doubt about how much love Randy has for his fans. We love you, Randy!
Also, check out the videos below of Randy accepting an ACM award in 1987, and performing "Forever and Ever, Amen" live at the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. Enjoy!
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