2019 will be a year that celebrates one of Dolly Parton’s more impressive career achievements, and that is saying a lot considering she is the most honored female country performer of all time.
January 4, 2019 will mark Parton’s 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Opry is celebrating with a week-long party—Nashville style. The global superstar’s anniversary event will see Parton returning to the hallowed stage that welcomed her 50 years ago. Dolly took to Instagram to express just how excited she is.
“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” recalls the Tennessee native. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe next year I will celebrate 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes – the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’ – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!”
Dolly Week will be held in October of 2019 and will celebrate Parton’s impact on music, film and culture all over the world. She’ll then cap off her Opry anniversary with a performance on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Other artists performing for this special series of Opry shows have not been announced, but names are soon to come within the next couple of months. Tickets for the shows are already sold out.