Lauren Alaina announced her Grand Ole Opry induction date in a nostalgic new post on social media. The American Idol alum shared a throwback photo from her Opry debut in 2011. Thinking back to her journey on that first appearance, the singer mused:
“I wish I could tell this sweet, young girl that stepped in that circle for the first time on June 10, 2011,” Lauren wrote, “one DEBUT will become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry, and that day is February 12, 2022. I’m. Not. Well. See you there”
Lauren burst into tears on the Opry stage in December when her mentor and friend, Trisha Yearwood popped on stage in the middle of her performance with a surprise invite. The singer will return to be part of Lauren’s induction.
“I have not cried like this in a really long time, I guess I needed it” she said after Trisha popped the question, so to speak. “I’m not kidding, I was backstage and I was like, ‘Can you please tell the Opry the only thing I want is to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’ Then I snott-ed on stage over it.”
“I usually can say a lot,” said Lauren, “but I’m speechless.
Lauren marked her 50th Opry appearance last Fall
The Opry was the first major stage 16 year old Lauren played just a week after she was named runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, making her Opry debut on June 10, 2011. She marked her 50th appearance on the Opry last Fall.
Trisha, who affectionately calls Lauren “Junior” duets with the singer on her song “Getting Good” from her recent album Sitting Pretty On Top of the World. The veteran country singer also wrote the foreword to her just-released self-help book Getting Good At Being You.
Also scheduled to perform on Saturday, February 12 are Breland, The Isaacs, Riders In The Sky, and more to be announced.
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