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Travis thanks fans following ACM appearance

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Following a surprise appearance on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music awards, Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke two years ago, posted a thank you to his fans for their support.

Travis received a standing ovation from the crowd in Arlington, Texas and appeared stiff in his movements.

In the posting, Travis wrote, "It was an amazing gift to fell all of the love from you tonight in Dallas...It has been a hard fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding og God's grace and how quickly events can change us."

"Words can never explain 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."

Mary is Travis' wife, Mary Davis, who he apparently married last month.

The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me. Writing sons 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."

Travis suffered a stroke in July 2013 after being treated for viral cardiomyopathy.

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