On May 11 during the 8:30 – 9:00 PM slot, Carrie Underwood took the Grand Ole Opry stage after Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs and Old Crow Medicine Show started off the night to celebrate her 10 year anniversary as a member of the Opry. Underwood belted out her new song, “Cry Pretty,” and shared a special moment with Randy Travis.
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Underwood was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry in March 2008 by Travis, and only a couple of months later, on May 10, 2008, she was inducted by Garth Brooks. “The induction award they gave me says ‘Hey, you’re part of the family.’ It means a lot to me because it’s the heart of country music, the church, the sacred place, the super-elite club that says you love this music,” reads a quote from Underwood on the Grand Ole Opry website.
By 2017, Underwood had already managed to play the iconic Nashville stage over 100 times, including performances with two of her role models: Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. On May 11, the meaningfulness of the performance as a culmination of all of the years Underwood has taken the Opry stage was written all over her face as she let her emotions ring through the venue.
Though the new album isn’t due out until September 14 via Capitol Records, the record’s title track “Cry Pretty” already has a popular official music video and talked about performances, such as her standing ovation-worthy show at the ACM Awards. Written by Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Underwood, the song showcases the American Idol winner’s powerful vocals that could easily fill a room without a mic.
With five studio albums under her belt and one on the way, Underwood is playing a few international music festivals in September along with a string of appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in mid-August.