Randy Travis is no longer able to communicate to the public with words, so he has his lovely wife, Mary, there to let us know all he’s feeling.
In this new clip from the Country Music Association, Mary sits beside Randy and talks about him winning the CMA Award for Album of the Year in 1987 for his project, “Always and Forever.” That’s the one that included Randy’s signature song, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” as well as other singles “Too Gone Too Long” and “I Told You So.”
“It’s not just one song that happened to grab people’s affection,” Mary says. “It was a whole album, and his albums were so full of great hits. It wasn’t fillers. I know when I listened to his albums, I’ll hear one song and say, ‘Oh, that’s my favorite.’ And then the next song plays, and that’s my favorite. The whole album is that way. So, I think Album of the Year is incredibly special for him.”
That’s when Randy confirms Mary’s comments with a simple, “Yeah.”
The clip also includes footage of Randy accepting the trophy and thanking everyone who helped him make the project.
Randy says, “Mom and dad and thanks to you a lot for all the help over the last 28 years. A lot of great songwriters have written some of their best songs and let us have some of their best songs. I appreciate that a lot.”
Another artist will go home with the coveted Album of the Year trophy at the 50th Annual CMA Awards coming up at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.