Known for his seemingly unstoppable string of hits throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Randy Travis has become a staple of country music and a legendary artist. In 2013, the country superstar suffered a stroke that caused him extreme difficulty walking and unable to sing or speak.
Recently, Randy has made significant progress through his recovery efforts and even sang at a funeral. Now, the singer is moving more into the public eye – attending a ceremony to honor one of Nashville’s living legends.
Jim Ed Norman has been in the music industry for over four decades. In the ’70s Norman began his career as an arranger and musician for acts like Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. Just a short while after, he moved to Music City and became the head of A&R for Warner Bros. and Reprise Records, later to become president of the Nashville division. Norman became the recipient of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award this last week during a ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium and many of his colleagues and music partners were in attendance to share the special moment.
The evening benefitted the Opry Trust Fund which has supported members of the country music community in need for more than 50 years. Full of performances, the famed Opry stage was graced by both classic and modern artists alike.
Among the performances were Big & Rich, Crystal Gayle, Don Henley, Mo Pitney, Lee Brice, and a surprise appearance by Randy Travis! The legendary singer was last seen singing at a funeral to honor a longtime Texas friend just a few weeks ago!
We can’t wait to see more of Randy as his health continues to improve and he undoubtedly will be appearing in upcoming events!
Watch the country star singing his legendary “Forever and Ever, Amen” from his time working with Norman at Warner Bros, in the video below!
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