Randy Travis, with lifetime sales of more than 25 million copies, is one of the largest multi-genre record sellers of all time, and was recently inducted into the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame.
His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Country Music Awards Music Figurines, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, seven Music City News Awards, eight Pigeon Awards from the Gospel Music Association, and five Honored by the Country Music Association. In addition, his three performances won the CMA Song of the Year Award: “The Other Side” (1986), “Amen Forever” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has topped the 23 singles charts, reached the top 10 31 times, and made more than 40 appearances in feature films and TV shows.
His four albums are gold records. Four are platinum. One is double platinum. One is triple platinum and the other is five times platinum. In 2004, Randy received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and honors on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1986, he has been an actor of Great Opry. In 2017, Randy received a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Nashville.
Since the almost fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and strict physical therapy, Randy’s ability to speak, walk, and of course sing has continued to improve. With the help of writer Ken Abraham, he published his critically acclaimed memoir “Forever, Amen” in 2019.
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In October 2016, Randy Travis became one of three new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame, leading the revival of the new tradition after his commercial breakthrough in the 1980s. During the part of the event he participated in, he did something completely unexpected and sang the verse of “Strange Grace”-even though his voice was basically silent after a stroke three years ago.
Through recovery, persistence, and the unremitting support of his wife Mary, the “Forever, Amen” singer continues to make incredible progress. Stroke causes aphasia, a condition that hinders the brain’s ability to understand or express language, but Travis and his wife continue to be interviewed. Rolling Stone Nation spoke with the couple, who are spending the pandemic at their home in Texas.