It’s official! Crystal Gayle has been chosen as the first new member of the Grand Ole Opry in over two years. Carrie Underwood broke the news on stage during Gayle’s Nov. 15 performance at the Opry on Nov. 15. It was a special night that celebrated Gayle’s almost 50-year-long career.
Gayle, Loretta Lynn’s youngest sister, is best known for her 1977 pop-country hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Underwood was in Nashville between tour stops when she popped in to perform the song with Gayle. But once the song ended, Underwood surprised both the audience and Gayle by asking her if she wanted to be an official member of the Opry. Her induction will take place on Jan. 21, 2017.
“I was so excited when Carrie wanted to sing ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ with me, because I’m such a big fan of Carrie,” Gayle gushed to Rolling Stone Country. “And when she asked me to be a part of the Opry family, I was speechless, beyond words. I’m so happy, so honored, and I’ve always felt a part of the Opry, but this makes it official.”
Gayle’s induction seems like a long time coming. Born Brenda Gail Webb in 1951, the singer has seen huge success in her music career. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” earned her a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Song of the Year. In 1977, she made history for being the first female country artist to have an album (We Must Believe in Magic) go platinum.
The last time the Grand Ole Opry inducted new members was Little Big Town in Oct. 2014.