UPDATE (Video): Randy Travis Stuns Hall of Fame Induction By Singing “Amazing Grace”
Sunday evening (10-16) saw the annual Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame inducting 2016’s newest members into the institution. Country music dignitaries such as Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and dozens of other Hall of Famers were in attendance to induct Charlie Daniels as the Veterans Era inductee, Fred Foster as the non-performer inductee, and Randy Travis as the Modern Era inductee.
Despite still attempting to gain the full ability to speak and walk after his devastating health setbacks of 2013, Randy Travis reportedly stunned the crowd when he sang a rendition of “Amazing Grace” for the assembled country music dignitaries. According to reports, hearing Travis sing “Amazing Grace” brought many in the Hall of Fame crowd to tears, and many in the crowd joined Randy in singing the song.
This is not the first time Travis has sung “Amazing Grace” since his health issues. He also sung the hymnal in February at a funeral for a close friend.
“It’s amazing to see stroke survivors who’ve lost the ability to speak suddenly produce accurate words when singing familiar songs,” says an article from the American Stroke Association. A speaking disorder resulting from a stroke, or “aphasia,” is caused when the left portion of the brain is damaged in the stroke. However singing is controlled by the right portion of the brain, meaning it can be less affected by a stroke than speaking. Through therapy and singing, stroke sufferers can sometimes learn how to speak again and communicate through the help of song.
Before there was Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, and the other big commercial powerhouses of country music in the late 80’s and early 90’s, there was Randy Travis setting the table for them all, revitalizing the neotraditional sound in country music, opening the door for a new era where country music would reach its commercial pinnacle, and playing a pivotal role in the history of the genre.
“Randy Travis cleared the whole way for the 80’s for guys like me and the class of ’89 to come through,” Garth Brooks said upon his own induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Garth believed Randy should have been inducted before him, and Garth was the one to formally induct Randy on Sunday night.
October 16, 2016 @ 10:50 pm
This means so much. In tears.
October 20, 2016 @ 8:07 am
Me too, when I’ve been numb to allot for a long time, this means so much to me.
The Lord is with Randy, no matter what happens.
I know he’s had issues despite his health but I know he has good heart.
Thank you for everything Randy and the Lord.
October 20, 2016 @ 8:11 am
I meant to say, “other than his health”. Sorry y’all.
October 17, 2016 @ 12:27 am
October 17, 2016 @ 8:06 am
Unfortunately that one has been removed. I added another up above that will likely be taken down soon. The Country Music Hall of Fame will do everything in their power to make sure video from the event gets removed from YouTube ASAP.
October 17, 2016 @ 8:18 am
October 17, 2016 @ 8:23 am
Control. I love the Hall of Fame, but just like The Opry and Garth Brooks, they come from the old 1990’s mentality that you can control the media and must limit the public’s access to information and recordings. You know something like this is going to come out, just as you know the Hall of Fame has footage themselves. So release it. It is a very inspiring and touching moment that people in country music and beyond want to share in. I can understand copyright concerns when it comes to certain videos, but that’s not in play here.
October 17, 2016 @ 6:13 pm
In that case, I’m really glad I watched the video now as opposed to waiting.
October 17, 2016 @ 12:29 am
So emotional, the great Randy Travis. I dont have the words to say, how amazing he is.
October 17, 2016 @ 4:46 am
Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing.
October 17, 2016 @ 4:50 am
So nice to read some good news on a Monday morning. Thank God for Randy Travis
October 17, 2016 @ 5:39 am
I wish Mr. Randy Travis a speedy recovery. Truly inspirational to say the least.
October 17, 2016 @ 7:37 am
When I’m blocked as a writer , I always throw on my Randy Travis playlist from his earliest hits to his most recent ( prior to his health issues ) for inspiration . That guy knows a great song , knows who writes ’em and ALWAYS does a song justice . An all-time fave . God bless RT and his gifts .
October 17, 2016 @ 8:03 am
The man who turned this metalhead chicano into a country music fan….God Bless Randy Travis and wishing him continued recovery.
October 17, 2016 @ 8:29 am
I heard about this on a local pop station (of all places) this morning, Alice 107.7. Some of the gals I work with like to play this station, so I listen even if it’s not my music. Apparently one of the hosts, Heather, began her career at a local AM country station in the 1980s. By her own admission, she hated country music when she started. But when Randy Travis came along, she always played his songs, just as she did for many of the big ’90s performers. She then told a bit of Randy’s recent history and even played audio of him singing at his induction. While her comments on the genre (specifically about songs being “catchy” and “contemporary”) gave me the impression that, if pressed, she would probably have nothing but praise for modern pop country, I’m nothing but grateful for her reverence. I can’t say for certain, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Bobby Bones and other “country” DJs didn’t even comment on this development.
I’m glad to see Randy is apparently doing well. I hadn’t much hope that he’d ever sing again, but he’s made great progress for three short years.
October 17, 2016 @ 8:35 am
October 17, 2016 @ 4:23 pm
This is proof that,if you use your talent God gives you,he blesses you with more.Randy sang great,and was a blessing.
October 17, 2016 @ 5:45 pm
Good for you Randy, the very best of so called “modern era”Randy showed so much respect
for those who came before him. No talk of “old farts and jackasses”, just real country music,
and a very humble, classy young man. Good luck Randy.
October 18, 2016 @ 9:35 am
Unbelievable. Well done Mr. Travis!
October 18, 2016 @ 12:55 pm
This put a huge smile on my face when I saw it yesterday! Love it! 🙂
Evie Carrol Hall
November 10, 2021 @ 5:01 pm
I will always love him!!! Amazing performer and an
fighter. I feel so bless to have had him in my generation.
Love you Mr Travis!!!