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Can Randy Travis sing anymore? What happened to the gospel singer?

Iram Sharifah Khan April 1, 2021
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Can Randy Travis sing anymore? Hall of fame country and gospel singer Randy Travis has been out of the limelight after suffering a massive stroke in 2013. Recently, fans have rediscovered his TikTok account, where he sometimes posts clips of himself singing.

While happy to hear their favourite musician again, some fans are expressing concern for his health and voice. We explain what is wrong with Randy Travis’ voice and what happened to him since his stroke.

Who is Randy Travis?

Randy Travis is well known as a neo-traditionalist country and gospel singer. He has been active in his career since 1978 and got his big break when he signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1985. In 2013, following a massive stroke at the age of 54, Travis went off the industry radar to focus on his recovery.

His first single, released in 1986, was titled On the Other Hand, and it made number one on Billboard’s country music chart. From there, he quickly rose to fame.

Randy Travis continued recording and releasing songs into the 2000s. He even recorded two more albums which were released after his stroke, in 2013 and 2014, titled Influence Vol 1 & 2: The Man I Am.

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Can Randy Travis sing anymore? What is wrong with his voice?

The American country and gospel singer suffered a stroke in 2013 and was admitted to a Dallas hospital on 7 July 2013. After suffering an upper respiratory infection, he had a stroke which meant he needed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Travis left the hospital on 31 July 2013 and needed physical therapy as part of his recovery as his condition meant he was unable to sing, speak, write or walk, leaving the singer essentially wheelchair-bound.

After 3 years of recovery, Randy Travis made a tentative return to music with a rendition of Amazing Grace at the Country Music Hall of Fame Awards.

Travis’s wife, Mary Travis, helped him prepare for the performance with rigorous hours of training beforehand. During the appearance, many fans had taken note of his impairment speech and singing, leading some to wonder if Randy Travis can sing anymore. What was wrong with his voice?

Since his stroke, Travis rarely makes public performances anymore but has recently released a new song titled Fool’s Love Affair. The song was recorded much earlier in his career but was the first one to be released on the radio since the musician’s stroke.

Twitters reacts: What happened to Randy Travis?

Many of his fans were shocked to learn what had happened to Randy Travis. The singer is now active on Tik Tok, interacting with fans, some of who post their own covers of his songs.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.