One of the greatest honors to be bestowed upon a country artist is induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2016, Randy Travis took his place in the hallowed hall. It was a star-studded event as some of the genres biggest stars came out to honor the men. Trisha Yearwood, Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, Brandy Clark, Jamey Johnson, Dolly Parton sang for the event. Other attendees included Brenda Lee, Vince Gill, Roy Clark, Ralph Emery, and Charlie Pride.
The event’s most touching moment came when Garth Brooks stood behind the podium and inducted Randy Travis into the Hall of Fame. Travis’s wife, Mary, took a moment to share Randy’s story and paid tribute to Randy’s father who passed away one week ago.
“He was the spark that ignited the flame in Randy early on. We lost Harold this week. I guess he wanted to watch the ceremony from Heaven’s window with his momma. I know I want to, and I think y’all want to thank Harold today for giving us Randy Travis and his music,” Mary said as the crowd applauded.
As the ceremony concluded, Randy Travis surprised everyone watching as he took the microphone and sang “Amazing Grace.” The crowd sang along until many were too overcome with tears to continue. As Randy finished the song, those in attendance gave him a standing ovation and cheered, making his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony one that will be talked about for years to come.
Randy’s impromptu performance was his first since suffering a life-threatening stroke in 2013. It was yet another victory for the singer whose family was told he had virtually no chance of survival. Doctors told his wife, Mary, that if he did survive he would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But, Mary had faith when no one else did.
Going against the doctor’s advice to take her husband off life support, Mary fought for Randy’s life. The road to recovery was a long one, but the couple has held strong and it simply thankful for the progress that has been made.
“I think our goal… is to remain hopeful and keep our heads up high and not throw in the towel and be happy with wherever God has us,” Mary said. “If it’s back up on that stage singing, hallelujah.”
Watch Randy Travis’s touching performance of “Amazing Grace” in the video below.