Legendary country singer Randy Travis stunned the crowd on Sunday night when he took the stage to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
The moment that brought many in the audience to tears came when Travis, 57 — who suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013 that initially left him without the ability to speak, walk or sing — suddenly started belting out “Amazing Grace,” the Huffington Post reported.
The singer, who still can’t speak in complete sentences, but is gaining back his vocabulary with time and treatment, captivated the audience with the impromptu performance — one that has been going viral over the past 24 hours.
Watch Travis sing the popular hymn below:
Davis-Travis said her husband “stared death in the face, but death blinked.” The situation was so dire, in fact, that doctors had little hope Travis would survive, though the singer has defied the odds, as the Tennessean reported.
The moment so captivated onlookers that Billboard said Travis “might have delivered his most unforgettable performances.” While the singer clearly isn’t back to where he was before the stroke, the outlet reported that the moment showed his determination, especially in light of his progress thus far.
Travis and his wife wed in 2015 just two years after he suffered the stroke, with Davis-Travis sticking by his side throughout his recovery process; she also offered up comments about her husband’s robust music career during Sunday night’s event.
“Today is the greatest day of Randy’s celebrated music career,” Davis-Travis said from the stage, while standing alongside her husband. “Randy wants to thank you for listening and loving him. … Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you.”
And this apparently wasn’t the first time in recent months that Travis has publicly performed “Amazing Grace,” as his wife told USA Today that he sang the song at a friend’s funeral earlier this year, despite not feeling prepared to do so.
Clearly, he’s an inspiration.