Janelle Arthur made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday. It was definitely a “pinch me” moment for the American Idol Season 12 alum, as she entered the circle for the very first time.
She opened her 3 song set with a heartfelt cover of Hank William’s classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Next, she performed a song, “Young and Reckless,” that her uncle (she told a lovely story about the guitar he made for her while she was on American Idol) co-wrote with Bill Owens, who just happens to be the uncle of Dolly Parton. Ever the musician, Janelle said she loved the hook, but played around with the verses so the song would suit her.
After closing her set with a worship song, Janelle got a sweet surprise when fellow Idol alum, Kree Harrison took the stage to congratualate Janelle on her debut. Kree knows the thrill–she had her own first Opry performance just a few weeks ago. “Ya’ll better be standing up for Janelle Arthur,” said Kree as she took the stage, “I’m so proud of you!”
Listen to the performances below