Carrie Underwood invites Crystal Gayle to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Crystal Gayle has been an integral part of country music for over 40 years. On top of her biggest hit country-pop song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” the Kentucky native has had 20 no.1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s, and became the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales for her 1977 album We Must Believe in Magic.
On Nov. 15, during her performance of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" in the Grand Ole Opry’s Ryman Auditorium, Carrie Underwood surprised the audience by joining Gayle in the song. After the wonderful duet, Underwood gave another surprise; she invited Gayle to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
“You are an inspiration to so many of us,” Underwood told Gayle on stage. “You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”
The official Ceremony will take place on January 21, where Gayle’s sister Loretta Lynn will oversee her induction. In the meantime, for our Opry Performance of the week, we are celebrating Gayle’s invite. Watch the video below of Gayle’s special moment.
Gayles next live performance will take place on November 19 at the Seneca Allegany Casino Hotel in Salamanca, New York.