5-Facts About Troubled Country Music Legend Travis

Randy Travis stunned everyone by singing “Amazing Grace” at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. Travis, who had a life-threatening stroke three years earlier, recovered miraculously. Fans hope the man who gave them so many unforgettable tunes will sing full-time again.

Randy Travis' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame 2016 Medallion Ceremony was poignant as he sang “Amazing Grace”. Travis had a stroke in 2013 and lost his singing voice. Mary Davis-Travis, Travis' wife, described the several surgeries that saved him. 

Travis spent six months in the hospital after a viral illness triggered his stroke. Voice restoration required years of rehabilitation and therapy. The double Grammy winner was a top-selling country music performer until his health declined. Visit our Randy Travis wiki page for details!

Travis was born in Marshville, North Carolina to Bobbie Tucker and Harold Traywick on May 4, 1959. Mother was a textile industry worker, father a horse breeder, turkey farmer, substitute school teacher, and construction business owner. Travis' father, a country music lover, encouraged him to play music early on. 

A Teen Delinquent

Travis constantly apologises for his past transgressions and legal issues. He released Randy Traywick in 1978 after finally getting his act together. He soon became close to his manager and patron, Elizabeth “Lib” Hatcher. Every country record label rejected Travis in the early 1980s. 

His Act Together

Travis' breakthrough album, Storms of Life, sold over four million copies! After that, no turning back. Travis released hits like “No Place Like Home,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Travis won 1988 and 1989 Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.


Travis then appeared in Westerns. He kept singing, recording, and releasing new country music since it was his first love. In the 1990s, Travis had hits with “Out of My Bones,” “The Hole,” “Spirit of a Boy,” “Wisdom of a Man,” “Angels,” and “I Told You So.” 

Run of Hit

Travis divorced Hatcher in 2010 after 19 years of turmoil. Travis went off the rails and got into trouble soon after. He was arrested multiple times for being intoxicated and naked. He entered a Tiger Mart inebriated and nude, demanding smokes from the cashier. Not Randy Travis' best moment.

The Nightmare Year

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