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Randy Travis: I'm 'damaged' following near-fatal stroke

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Alfredo Watts | 10 February, 2017, 02:48

Dozens of country music's biggest stars assembled in Nashville for a night of music and memories dedicated to Randy Travis.

"We've come a long way now", Mary Travis said.

Travis lost the use of his right side, as well as the ability to read, write and speak. Although he still has difficulty walking and speaking, the fact that he survived the ordeal was described by numerous night's performers as a "miracle".

STRICKLAND explained how honored he was to have worked with TRAVIS his entire career before presenting RANDY and MARY with a plaque commemorating TRAVIS' 25 million-plus in album sales. More than 30 top-notch performers, including Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Travis Tritt, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, Kane Brown, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, William Michael Morgan, Josh Turner, and Nashville's Charles Esten, turned up to pay tribute at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. In the next three decades, he charted 16 No. 1 songs and his traditional country baritone rang through hits including Forever and Ever, Amen, Deeper than a Holler and On the Other Hand.

The musical community in Nashville honored Randy Travis Wednesday, as country stars came out to sing his classic hits.

Many artists talked about how Travis opened the door for a neo-traditionalist wave in country music in the late '80s with his unmistakable voice.

"I knew then he wasn't ready to quit fighting", she says. But Travis was far from done with singing for the night. Each of the political officials noted that YESTERDAY (2/8) was declared "RANDY TRAVIS DAY" in the state of TENNESSEE.

With help from his wife, he made his way to the center-stage microphone and performed "Amazing Grace" in its entirety, alongside the night's other performers.

You'll recall "Amazing Grace" is the song Randy sang at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony previous year, which was the first time he'd sung in public following the health battle that almost took his life.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks did his hero's hit, "Forever and Ever, Amen". A portion of last night's proceeds will benefit the Randy Travis Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for stroke research and rehabilitation.