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Garth Brooks invites Scotty McCreery to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. (Photo By Chris Hollo // provided by Schmidt Relations // ┬ęGrand Ole Opry)
Garth Brooks invites Scotty McCreery to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. (Photo By Chris Hollo // provided by Schmidt Relations // ┬ęGrand Ole Opry)

Scotty McCreery invited to become member of Grand Ole Opry


Mon, Dec 4th 2023 11:20 am

Press Release

Multi-Platinum-selling country artist Scotty McCreery was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday by Opry member Garth Brooks. McCreery was surprised onstage during his spotlight artist performance at the “Opry Country Christmas” show.

“Merry Christmas,” Brooks said walking onto the stage handing McCreery a wrapped gift. 

“This is a Christmas present to the Grand Ole Opry,” he later continued. “We would love to invite you to be the newest member of the Opry.”

“Holy cow. Yes, I would love to,” McCreery replied. “I grew up listening to your records, Garth, and you’re a part of what made me want to do this for a living – and didn’t think that dream would become a reality, but it is because of all of y’all sitting in this house tonight. God bless y’all.”

McCreery continued, “When I got started doing this, people asked, ‘What are your goals?’ ” His voice cracking with emotion, McCreery said, “And I’d say, ‘One day, I’d like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’ ”

He then bent down and touched the circle of wood in the Opry’s center stage where so many of his heroes and peers have stood.

McCreery’s induction date will be announced soon.

All “Opry Country Christmas” shows air on WSM Radio as well as WSM and Opry digital platforms. Remaining “Opry Country Christmas” dates are Dec. 7, 10-11, 14, 17 (matinee) and 18. Hosted by Grammy-winning Opry member Larry Gatlin, each “Opry Country Christmas” show will also feature Opry members The Gatlin Brothers, Riders In The Sky, Mandy Barnett and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy. Set to round out this year’s series as “Spotlight Artists” are Trace Adkins, Chris Young, Lady A, Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Janson.

For tickets or more information on the full Opry schedule, visit opry.com

More About Scotty McCreery

McCreery has been a household name for nearly half his life, ever since making history in 2011 as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified “Clear as Day,” at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The 30-year-old has sold more than 4 million albums and achieved five consecutive No. 1 hits: the RIAA Platinum-certified “Damn Strait,” the RIAA Gold-certified “You Time,” the RIAA Gold-certified “In Between,” the RIAA Platinum-certified “This is It,” and the RIAA triple-Platinum-certified “Five More Minutes.”

His new single, “Cab in a Solo,” which McCreery wrote with Frank Rogers and Brent Anderson, is from a forthcoming album due out in 2024.

The North Carolina native was awarded “Pandora Billionaire” status in 2021 in recognition of his music achieving more than 1 billion streams on Pandora. His song, “Five More Minutes,” inspired two popular holiday movies that aired on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network: “Five More Minutes” in 2021 and “Five More Minutes: Moments Like These” in 2022.

He released his first book, “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream,” in 2016.

McCreery’s most recent album is “Same Truck: The Deluxe Album.” For more information, visit ScottyMcCreery.com.

More About the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is the home of country music where artists and fans gather, in person and virtually, to celebrate and be part of country’s past, present and future. Founded in Nashville in 1925 and today the longest-running live broadcast show in the world, the Opry strengthens its roots by constantly evolving. The Opry’s members are country’s most emblematic artists, and the show regularly showcases country music’s top new talent.

The Opry welcomes legions of fans to visit the Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – Music City, USA – to experience one of the three to five live shows it hosts per week; take a backstage tour; listen to live broadcasts on opry.com and wsmonline.com, SiriusXM “Willie’s Roadhouse,” or its flagship home WSM Radio; and watch “Opry Live” on Saturday nights and Opry content all week long on the Circle Network.

For more information, visit opry.com.

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