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Randy Travis stuns at Country Music Hall of Fame with 'Amazing Grace' performance

by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY

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Country music legend Randy Travis is no stranger to standing ovations, but the one he earned Sunday was a long time coming.

As the "Forever and Ever, Amen" singer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he took the mic and stunned the crowd with a moving performance — three years after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Travis stood at the podium next to wife Mary Davis-Travis at the medallion ceremony and sang "Amazing Grace" while the audience quietly sang along. It was a rare treat for fans and peers who were gathered to celebrate the 57-year-old artist.

Randy Travis sings 'Amazing Grace' with wife Mary Davis
Randy Travis sings "Amazing Grace" with wife Mary Davis-Travis at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Rick Diamond / Getty Images

"Today is the greatest day of Randy’s celebrated music career," his wife said. "Randy wants to thank you for listening and loving him. Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked."

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Randy Travis with Garth Brooks at the ceremonyRick Diamond / Getty Images
Duane Allen, William Lee Golden,Joe Bonsall, and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys perform onstage with inductee Randy Travis
Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys onstage with Randy Travis. Rick Diamond / Getty Images

In 2013, while already hospitalized for a viral heart infection, Travis had a stroke that left him fighting for his life.

Although speaking remains difficult for the country crooner, Sunday's performance proved he can still sing.

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The singer is a country music legend who has extended his reach to film and television.

"Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you," Davis-Travis told the crowd.

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