Randy Travis is a country and gospel singer, actor, and writer from the United States. Travis has sold over 25 million albums and had over 20 number one songs, including “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Too Gone Too Long,” “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” “Forever Together,” and “Whisper My Name.”
Randy’s studio albums include “Storms of Life” (1986), “Always & Forever” (1987), “Heroes & Friends” (1990), and “Around the Bend” (2008).
Travis has acted in the films “The Rainmaker” (1997), “Baby Geniuses” (1999), “Texas Rangers” (2001), “The Long Ride Home” (2003), and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” (2007), as well as the television shows “Sesame Street” (1991), “Matlock” (1992–1993), and “Touched by an Angel” (1994–2003), and the miniseries “Texas” (1994). Randy is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which he joined in 2016.
Illness in 2013
- Travis was taken to a Dallas-area hospital on July 7, 2013, with viral cardiomyopathy following a viral upper respiratory infection.
- His situation was deemed critical.
- Travis had a severe stroke three days later and had surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain.
- Travis was awake and attentive on July 15, 2013, after undergoing brain surgery, his heart was pumping without the use of machines, and he was on his way to recovery.
- On July 31, 2013, he was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas, and entered a physical therapy facility.
- Travis suffered from aphasia after his stroke and used a cane for more than a year, despite therapy.
- According to his then-fiancée Mary Travis, he was healing by November 2014, could walk short distances without assistance, and was relearning to compose and play guitar.
- In 2016, it was revealed that he had regained his voice and was able to perform again after three years of rehabilitation and therapy. On October 16, 2016, he played “Amazing Grace” at his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Despite the 2016 rumors, Travis was clearly not recovered at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Travis admitted in 2017 that he had suffered lasting injuries, including a paralyzed right hand, limited speech, and a badly harmed singing talent. Travis no longer sings, despite his public appearances.
- In June 2017, he shared the stage with Michael Ray for a cover of “Forever and Ever Amen,” to which Travis supplied the final “Amen.” On May 4, 2019, he did the same at the Grand Ole Opry’s 60th birthday party.
- Travis announced his return to touring in September of this year. James Dupré is the lead vocalist on the tour, singing the repertoire with Travis’s backing band, with Travis appearing in a restricted capacity, similar to his one-off appearances since 2017.
- It was originally announced as a 12-city tour, but it was reduced to three concerts shortly before it began in October “due to unexpected production and technical issues related to the elaborate content of the show,” with the intention of rescheduling the canceled shows once the technical issues are resolved.
- In 2020, Travis released “Fools Love Affair,” a new song. It was recorded early in his career, although it was his first radio single following his stroke.
Travis Continues to Make Music and Is a Tik Tok Celebrity.
Travis’ baritone voice, which endeared him to the world, is unlikely to return, but the music remains a vital part of his life. He travels to Nashville on a regular basis and occasionally attends gigs by performers from his hometown of Tioga, Texas. Randy’s enthusiasm for music was discussed by Mary with Saving Country Music:
“He is a music fanatic. We go see folks who are playing nearby or wherever we happen to be. Every moment we hear music, our hearts skip a beat. Of course, he enjoyed singing and playing the piano and will continue to do so in the future. We now like going to see other musicians perform since music is his soul. That’s what he left the world with. And the world now enjoys returning it to him.”
Randy released his first single since suffering a stroke in the summer of 2020. The song, Fool’s Love Affair, was well-received, racking up millions of streams and dominating radio stations. Randy wrote the song before his stroke, and Mary says there are more songs from different periods of Randy’s career on the way.
Randy has discovered the ideal medium for interacting with his followers through TikTok. Randy loves singing duets with his fans. Randy sang Hey Good Lookin’ with GB of GBandMe, which was one of his nicest duets. Randy couldn’t hide his delight as he sang Hank’s renowned song’s lyrics. Randy also shared a duet with Alexandra Kay, which received a lot of attention and a lot of likes. On TikTok, Randy has 2.4 million followers.
Randy Is Still Recovering, but His Wife Acknowledges that He Goes Into a Funk Now and Then.
Mary tells Randy’s story in the documentary More Life that physicians wanted her to switch off Randy’s life support. Randy cried and squeezed Mary’s hand in response to the question. He indicated that he wanted to fight with his remark.
Randy went to treatment sooner than Mary expected. Relearning the procedures that his brain had forgotten, on the other hand, proved exhausting and aggravating. Randy shut down, Mary told Ability Magazine:
“Randy had pretty much shut down at this time.” He didn’t want to go, but I forced him to, and we’d get there and he’d just sit there. He was no longer functioning. “When it reaches that stage, they need a break,” the therapist said. And it’s exhausting; I can only imagine what it’s like to be in their shoes and have to start all again.”
Due to the struggle, Randy and Mary cherished every sign of improvement. Mary and Travis had never dealt with a stroke or aphasia before, so his recuperation was an eye-opening experience for them. Mary used to think that people who didn’t respond to her didn’t have anything to say.
Randy’s experience, she told Ability Magazine, helped her understand that those who don’t speak up might not be able to accomplish it:
“Now that we’ve gone through this, I’ve heard people walk away and say, “Well, I guess he doesn’t have anything to say to me.” And you say to yourself, “Oh my my, he really does, but he’s got aphasia.”
Randy’s 35-year membership in the Grand Ole Opry was honored in December 2021. Randy was in attendance and appeared happy as musicians and fans applauded his accomplishments.
Randy had a great year in 2021, as he was named Artist of a Lifetime by CMT. He also released a remastered version of his debut album, Storms of Life, on the 35th anniversary of its publication, which included new music.
Randy will keep fighting for his health. In More Life, Mary observed, “He’s stubborn.” “I don’t know if you’re aware of that.”
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 4, 1959 (63 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession:||Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Singer, Songwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|