Carrie Underwood Celebrates 15 Years As An Opry Member
Carrie Underwood will celebrate her 15th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with a two-shows at the Opry Saturday, May 13. Carrie made her Grand Ole Opry performance debut on June 10, 2005, just two weeks after winning American Idol.
Underwood’s love for the Opry started as a child. She grew up watching and listening to the show, dreaming of performing there and even becoming a member herself. She was officially inducted into the Opry family on May 8, 2008, by fellow Oklahoman Opry member Garth Brooks.
A few years ago, in an interview, Carrie told me about her love for The Opry. “I love the whole concept of the Opry. I love that it is a part of country music history, country music presence, and country music future. It’s the heart and soul, the center of country music. And while the members, there are people who have been around forever, and then there are people like me who are just babies in the family, and it’s is a family, and that’s a really cool thing to be a part of.”
As a kid, Underwood said she wasn’t too familiar with the Opry. “I think even before I knew what it was, I liked it. As I got older lust realizing how important it was to country music and the amount of respect that everybody has for it, it’s like, ‘This must be something very special.'”
Other artists set to appear on the show to celebrate Carrie’s Anniversary include Deana Carter, Michael Ray, and more. Tickets are on sale now at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com. Fans unable to attend in person can tune in for a one-hour portion of the night’s first show. It will air live at 9/8 pm CT and re-air at 12 am/11 pm CT as Opry Live on Circle Television.
Underwood recently completed her 43-city U.S. arena tour, “The Denim & Rhinestones Tour,” and will return to her ongoing “REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency” in June.