what happened to randy travis
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Country music is as American a music form as any can be. Its superstars have sung songs over the past many decades and brought to life the hopes, dreams, pain, and joy of the Americans who live in non-urban areas. Singing of the simple life and the great spaces that living in the countryside gives them country music is not just a critically acclaimed music form it has been phenomenally successful as well. One of these superstars who has helped make the genre popular is country music leading light Randy Travis. Before his illness in 2013 Randy Travis was as big a superstar in country music as any and even today his songs continue to light up the firmament.

Who is Randy Travis?

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Born on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, North Carolina, Randy Travis is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitar player, and actor. He has sung many gospel music songs as well. He first burst into the limelight in the mid-1980s when his album Storms of Life became a massive hit eventually selling more than four million copies. He started his music career in 1978 and since then has released more than 20 studio albums and has chalked up more than 50 singles on the respected Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Travis is famous for his deep baritone voice and has a string of multi-platinum albums to his credit over the years.

What Happened to Randy Travis?

 

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After contracting a viral upper respiratory infection Travis got admitted to a Dallas hospital on July 7, 2013, where his condition was categorized as critical. After three days Travis suffered a massive stroke and surgery was done to relieve the pressure on his brain. Within a week his condition improved and he was taken off machine support and was better. However, he was not unable to speak or sing and had to walk with the help of a cane. Within a year he was able to walk a little without any support and he started to play the guitar and try to sing again.

Randy Travis after Stroke

 

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People have been asking questions like – What is wrong with Randy Travis, and even Is Randy Travis still alive. First of all Randy Travis is very much alive and just as passionate about music as he has ever been. Since 2016 he has recovered his voice after three years of rehabilitation and therapy and can perform again. He attended the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony where he was inducted and even sang the song “Amazing Grace.” He then sang at regular intervals over a few years before announcing that he would return to touring in September 2019. In 2020 he released an old song he had recorded at the beginning of his career titled “Fools Love Affair.”

An Outpouring of Love & Hope

 

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While his fans are praying for Travis being fit and healthy enough to tour full-time again Travis is also working hard to make his fans’ wishes come true. However, he is not ready yet to sing full time again and has problems with playing the guitar as well. It will probably take some more time and a lot of therapy before Travis is fully fit to hit the road again. Randy Travis’ stroke halted an exalted career that had made him a country music superstar. He has given so much to a genre that gives happiness and succour to millions of fans and has done it all based on his talent, passion, and hard work. While he may not be singing much these days Randy Travis remains a loved figure in his fans’ hearts!

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