Craig Morgan Invited to Become Member of the Opry

Thursday, September 25, 2008

When people ask me who should be a member of the Opry, Craig Morgan's name always comes up immediately. I can't say it enough how happy I am to see him be invited to the Opry. Its where he belongs, no doubt.

Sony BMG recording artist Craig Morgan was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening during a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Opry member John Conlee surprised Morgan by walking on stage during Morgan’s performance of “Rose Colored Glasses.” Conlee asked if Morgan knew where he was going to be on October 25 and he replied “I don’t know.” “Well, I happen to know that you're going to be on the Opry,” said Conlee. “How would you like to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry?" Morgan then proceeded to break down on stage and exclaimed "Oh, God Yes! I do love the Grand Ole Opry! And I gotta tell you, it’s cool to be invited right here."

Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits, among them “Almost Home” (named “Music Row” Song of the Year in 2003), the chart-topping summer anthem “Redneck Yacht Club,” and “That's What I Love About Sunday,” which spent five weeks at #1 and was “Billboard's” Most Played Country Song of the Year in 2005. Morgan is set to release his fifth CD, That's Why, on Oct. 21. The album's lead single, “Love Remembers,” is rapidly climbing the charts.

1 Comment:

Tracy said...

"I can't say it enough how happy I am to see him be invited to the Opry. Its where he belongs, no doubt."

Kirk, Craig's fans are in total agreement with you. He is SO deserving. He's given so much for so long to the Opry, loved it so dearly all his life.

The last induction was a bitter pill to swallow, because the individual had just literally blown onto the country music scene, and was invited in almost immediately. I think that was purely a business decision on the part of the Opry, to "pretty up" and "young up" the membership. I LOVE Josh Turner--he's country to the core in every way, and very committed--but I think his invite came too early, too.

I'm glad management put their heads back on straight and, this time, invited 'The Real Deal'. Craig's reaction was absolutely priceless, and as Mr. Conlee said so well, "This is exactly what we'd expect from him."