Randy Travis Pens Emotional Letter: ‘When My Last Silent Prayer Is Said, I’ll Thank God for Garth Brooks In My Life’

The newly crowned CMT Artist of a Lifetime, Randy Travis, just penned an emotional tribute to his longtime friend Garth…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 18, 2021


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Garth Brooks & Randy Travis; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

The newly crowned CMT Artist of a Lifetime, Randy Travis, just penned an emotional tribute to his longtime friend Garth Brooks.

Travis shared a series of photos of himself alongside Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and his wife, Mary, with a lengthy caption dedicated to Brooks. 

“When my last silent prayer is said, I’ll thank God for @garthbrooks in my life,” Travis began. 

He went on to reflect on his life and his relationship with the fellow superstar, writing: 

Our lives are like a mountain range — each a separate mountain, a different elevation, a different climb to the top, with different views — but it takes them all to make a range. The higher you go, the more you see, the greater the rush, the harder the fall. I’ve had my share of it all. Now, I have the chance to glance back on ones that made my climb better, easier and more worthwhile.

Garth Brooks came along right behind me and kept cheering me on as he climbed his own ‘taller’ mountain! I’m so glad one was near the other. I’m on the other side of my mountain, so we don’t see each other as much; but, never a day goes by that I doubt Garth is still there for me — telling the world now, what he told me back then.

It took us all to get us where we are — to see what we saw, and do what we did — and what a beautiful range we made! Thank you, Garth, for the time you always take from your climb, to check on me and share your kind words with the world about what I meant to you. I may have helped bring our genre back to life, but you taught it how to live!

He closed the touching note with a message to Brooks and Yearwood.

“God bless you and @trishayearwood, always, as y’all have blessed multitudes, daily,” he shared. “I love ya’, Brother.”


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The emotional letter comes just days after Brooks presented Travis with the Artist of a Lifetime honor at the star-studded 2021 CMT Artists of the Year special. 

“I said this before, and I’ll say it again, Randy Travis single-handedly saved country music,” Brooks declared.  

He went on to admit, “I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for Randy Travis.”

As Travis and his wife, Mary, looked on, Brooks shared, “Every artist that takes the stage over the next hundred years should bow to this man and thank him for his contribution… Artists like this guy only come once in a lifetime.”

Randy Travis & Wife Mary; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Randy Travis & Wife Mary; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT

Travis made his way to the stage with Mary by his side. He officially accepted the trophy as Mary shared a touching message on his behalf. 

“As Randy would say, and I think he said it before, It’s a pretty good night for me,” she said. 

“After listening to these artists tonight and these artists tonight and these uplifting songs and the great sounds that are coming from them. Thank you so much for following in the footsteps because we fully expect to see y’all up here one day, celebrating you as Artist of a Lifetime,” she told the artists in the room. 

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As she continued to speak for Travis, who nodded along throughout the speech, Mary said, “The stroke may’ve taken the voice, but it didn’t take the man, and it didn’t take the heart. 

You know what else it didn’t take? The music, well have that forever and ever, amen.”

Closing the speech, Mary thanked God, the city of Nashville, Warner, Kyle, his writers, his team and his fans. 

Past recipients of the Artists of a Lifetime honor include Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.