Read Randy Travis’ Emotional Letter to His Fans

After a surprise appearance at this year’s ACM Awards, Randy Travis publicly shared his appreciation for his fans’ support after a devastating stroke.

Randy Travis wrote a heartfelt and candid letter to his fans following his surprise appearance at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The singer, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, was acknowledged at the ceremony by Song of The Year award presenter Lee Brice. Travis received a standing ovation from the 70,000 artists and fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium.

After the award show, Travis published the following letter to his fans on his official website.

“Hello, my friends. It was an amazing gift to feel all the love from you in Dallas at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It has been a hard-fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding of God’s grace, and how quickly events can change us.

Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed. The kind cards and heartfelt letters of testimony and encouragement brought me through the darkest of days. Mary read each and every one of them to me, and I felt the love and concern being sent my way; and, I gathered strength from this. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me, and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me. Writing songs was always a passion of mine, and I still have a lot to share with you. It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans … my friends, who with God’s amazing grace, have brought me this far. 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.

I wish you each — good health, a kind word, a song in your heart, and a friend that has your back trough thick and thin.

My gratitude & love, ‘Forever and Ever, Amen'”

Travis attended the ceremony with his wife Mary Davis, who he married on March 21.

“Randy’s history with the ACM awards goes back over two decades,” Davis told People after the ceremony. “With the awards in Dallas and celebrating 50 years, it’s something Randy and I would not miss.”

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Read Randy Travis’ Emotional Letter to His Fans