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Chrissy Metz of 'This is Us' Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

Chrissy Metz' dual identity as star of NBC's This is Us and as a promising country music artist reached its zenith on Saturday night (July 25) when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut.

For her two songs, Metz performed "Talking to God," her faith-filled debut as a country recording artist, and her more recent single "Actress," which is a breakup song driven by poetic wordplay.

During a Monday morning interview with Today, Metz sounded over the moon about her first time performing on Nashville's most hallowed stage.

"I'm still like, 'Was that me? Did I do that?'," Metz said. "It happened so quickly and in a flash, and you're just trying to soak up every moment. You know, it's a legendary stage and to stand in the circle where so many incredible artists and legends have stood, I'm like 'What?'"

When asked how she handled singing without an audience because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Metz pointed out that she's used to being on set where there's no fanfare after a good performance.  So, she approached performing for Circle TV with a similar mindset as as her main gig with NBC.

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The Opry's 4,934th consecutive Saturday night broadcast also featured performances by multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winner Tracy Lawrence and CeCe Winans, a 12-time Grammy award winner, member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the best-selling gospel artist of all time.

The Opry's Bobby Bones-hosted Saturday night program has gone without a live audience since March 14. In that span, guests have included Vince Gill, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini and the duo of Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

Opry broadcasts can be heard on opry.com, wsmonline.com and on SiriusXM satellite radio. You can also listen to Saturday broadcasts live on Grand Ole Opry and WSM Radio mobile apps, and on the the country radio station that started it all, 650 AM-WSM.

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