Garth Brooks has invited Ashley McBryde to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
McBryde received the surprise invitation during “CBS Mornings” on Thursday, October 6, as the singer-songwriter was in New York City discussing her new album.
“I’m here for a proposal,” Brooks says from the Opry stage in Nashville via satellite. “Miss Ashley, this is part of a family that keeps growing. You know where we’re at. We’re at the Grand Ole Opry. I’m standing in the circle of wood right now where you stand.”
“Miss Ashley McBryde, on behalf of the Opry and myself as an Opry member — I’m gonna try not to cry — we would love for you to consider becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry,” he continued.
McBryde tearfully accepted the invitation, saying, “It would be the great joy and great honor of my life. Thank you, Garth. Goodness.”
Brooks added, “Pretty cool. It’s the longest living family in music history. You belong in it. We need you. You’ll make it stronger for decades to come. I love you! Congratulations! Couldn’t happen to a sweeter person.”
“Winning Grammys and being a member of the Opry are the two greatest things that could ever happen to you as an entertainer. I’ve always said I would earn it. This is a surreal moment,” McBryde said.
(Photo: Warner Music Nashville)
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