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Randy Travis Returns to the Grand Ole Opry

More than two years after the medical crisis that almost took his life, Randy Travis made his return to the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night (Sept. 25).

The country legend suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, and has been slowly making his way back to health ever since. Public appearances have been sporadic, and the singer has not spoken in public since his stint in the hospital. Travis did not perform at the Opry on Friday evening, but the pictures above from the Opry’s Facebook page show him enjoying the show, and also standing alongside Tanya Tucker.

Travis made an appearance at the ACM Awards in April, standing and acknowledging the cheering fans after being introduced by Lee Brice, who performed his classic song, “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

The singer was so touched by the outpouring of support that he posted a heartfelt letter on his website, saying, “It has been a hard fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago. I have gained a greater understanding of God’s grace and how quickly events can change us.”

He says he is working toward the goal of performing for his fans again.

“As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way,” he writes.

The singer won’t be alone as he works toward that goal. In April he confirmed that he married his longtime love, Mary Davis, who has stood by his side throughout his health struggles.

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