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Randy Travis celebrated for legendary career after health struggles: 'What country music is all about'

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Randy Travis's recordings have sold over 25 million copies globally. He has seven Grammys, 11 CMAs, and ten ACMs. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Taylor Swift is returning to nasCity. 

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Randy's wife, Mary, discussed his health following a devastating stroke in 2013. He was diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disease that limits his ability to talk.   

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Travis, a talented vocalist, is currently struggling with communication. "It means a lot to him," Mary said of so many country singers paying tribute to his career.  

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"I mean, just to know that he made the music that he made and that it stands the test of time." Randy smiled and nodded in response to Mary's words.  

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"And then to have tributes to you when you can't sing the music, but someone else will come in, step in for you, and some of the great artists who do step in, you know, that say, 'I'm sorry, I can't sing the music,'"  

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Travis was born in Marshville, North Carolina in 1959 and learned to play the guitar from his father. Travis moved to Nashville after graduating from high school to pursue a music career.  

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Travis was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1985. "Storms of Life," his debut album, sold well in 1986. "1982," "On the Other Hand," and "Diggin' Up Bones" were album successes.   

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Travis had a string of hit records in the 1980s and 1990s. "Always and Forever," "No Defense," and "Full Circle" all peaked at the top of the Billboard country charts.   

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