(Photo by Chris Hollo for The Grand Ole Opry.)

Formal Opry Induction to Take Place January 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 15, 2016) – Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance this evening by Opry member Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her sister, Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago on the Ryman Auditorium stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at age 16.

Underwood surprised the sold-out Opry at the Ryman crowd by joining Gayle on the smash hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Seconds after finishing the duet, Underwood turned to Gayle and said, “You are an inspiration to so many of us. 

Crystal Gayle Grand Ole Oprey

You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”

Accepting her friend’s invitation with a hug, Gayle said, “I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special.”

“For more than half of the Opry’s 91 years, Crystal Gayle has been lending her signature vocals to Opry shows and connecting with Opry audiences as well as with everyone backstage,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “She is family, and we are very excited that she’ll become an official Opry member early next year.”

The Cole Miner's Daughter herself will be in Newberry on Saturday, December 17 for 2 shows at 3:00 & 8:00 P.M. Tickets are available on our website or by phone by calling the Box Office at 803-276-6264. Known for her long locks and the youngest of eight children, Crystal is a platinum selling singer and a world-class entertainer. Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Her enduring career signature song is "Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Country, folk, pop, rock n' roll, Broadway show tunes, and gospel have all found an equal place in her heart.