There’s a new member of the Grand Ole Opry family, and he entered it just as one should…with friendly family ribbing. Hit singer and songwriter Chris Young is now the newest Opry addition, and his induction couldn’t be more auspicious.
“I couldn’t get them to change their minds.”
So many things about Young’s Opry induction were perfect.
First of all, Vince Gill delivered the surprise invitation.
And then, Brad Paisley asked to induct him. And Paisley did just what an elder family member does to a younger one: teases.
Young texted Paisley earlier in the day to thank Paisley for asking to induct him. But Paisley wasn’t about to let Young get a big head. In an interview, Young shared the story and Paisley’s response:
“Yeah, man, I called the Opry two or three times, but I couldn’t get them to change their minds, so I figured I might as well show up.”
But those weren’t the only highlights.
In a poetic twist of fate, October 17th was the induction date. October 17th was also the day Alan Jackson turned 59. Alan happens to be one of Young’s music heroes and one of the artists that Young listened to while growing up.
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Additionally, he just had a new album release. Losing Sleep is his seventh album, and he co-wrote all ten songs.
He described Losing Sleep in an interview with CMT: “[It’s] progression for me as an artist. But there’s stuff that’s more traditional that’s on the record, as well. There’s going to be more that’s in between that, and honestly, it’s just music that I love.” He also revealed that it would be available on vinyl.
If you want to hear Chris Young, there are certainly opportunities. He is part of Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know tour, and then will begin his own.
Of course, if you’re in Nashville, catch him on stage at the Opry with the rest of his family.