Country icon Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday in Music City style Saturday night (May 4th). He took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for a rousing – and emotional – only-in-Nashville moment.
In honor of the special day, country artists (and Travis fans) Josh Turner, Charles Esten and Charlie Worsham all appeared on the night’s show singing their favorite Travis tunes. Fellow ‘80s-country star Ricky Skaggs was also on hand, and so was songwriting legend Don Schlitz – who had a hand in penning many of Travis’ indelible hits.
At the end of the night’s performances, Travis appeared on stage with Schlitz, Skaggs, Turner, Esten and more as they sang Travis’ 1987 smash “Forever and Ever, Amen.” But things took a heart-filling turn when Travis – who is still recovering from a devastating stroke suffered in 2013 – took the mic to deliver the song’s final “amen.”
Since Travis’ stroke, the Opry member and neo-traditional legend has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and made a few select onstage appearances – he even sang a few bars of “Amazing Grace” at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony – but he is still working to regain his ability to perform. After joining in on “Forever and Ever, Amen,” the sold-out Opry crowd sang Travis “Happy Birthday.”