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In Her Own Words: Emily Ann Roberts Takes The Grand Ole Opry Stage

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In Her Own Words: Emily Ann Roberts Takes The Grand Ole Opry Stage
Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography

Fans will know Emily Ann Roberts’ name as she placed as the runner up on NBC’s The Voice in 2015. Since her stint on reality television, the Knoxville, TN native moved to Music City to pursue music full time. In just three short years, the songstress made her musical debut with her first original song, “Stuck On Me + You,” followed by the fervent “I’ve Got Forever.” Taking a note from her latest single “Someday Dream,” Roberts continues to pursue her dreams of country music with it coming to fruition once again on Saturday, August 24, when she made her way back to the Grand Ole Opry House to perform on the famed stage for the third time. During her time, she kept a detailed diary to share with fans exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville. Here, in her own words, is her account of the special day.

Hey Y’all! My name is Emily Ann Roberts and I’m from Knoxville, TN. Last Saturday night I had the incredible opportunity to sing at the Grand Ole Opry! The last time I sang at the Opry was in November of 2018 so when I got the phone call to come back and sing I was beyond excited. Back when I was in middle school, my parents took me to see a show at the Opry and they might as well have taken me to Disney World. I remember soaking up every single moment, song, and story that was shared that night and by the end of the show I was sure that there was something magical about that special auditorium. I left so inspired and wanting nothing more than to share my heart on that stage someday.

Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography
Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography

Last Saturday wasn’t the first time I had the honor of stepping into in that sacred circle, but it was almost just as special as the night I made my Opry debut. It was the first time I was able to sing my new song “Someday Dream” in the place I always dreamed of singing. “Someday Dream” is the title track of my new EP and if I get to do anything with the platform God has given me, I want to inspire others to chase their biggest dreams. I got the idea for “Someday Dream” from how often I found myself saying, “Someday when I get to move to Nashville” or “Someday when I go on tour” or “Someday when I release my music” then I’ll be living my dreams. I realized I was so focused on where I was trying to get to that I was missing where I was in the moment. This song gave me so much perspective and a new way of looking at this journey I’m on while I’m pursuing my dreams. I was getting to write songs everyday, sing them on the road all over America, and record my music. I was living my Someday Dream, and middle school Emily Ann sitting in the nosebleeds at the Grand Ole Opry would have never believed it if you had told her what her life was going to look like in a couple of years. “Someday Dream” is all about owning your biggest dreams today and not waiting around to live in them. Standing in the circle Saturday night I got to encourage every person in the audience and listening on the radio that if this simple girl from Knoxville is able to live out her biggest Someday Dream, then anyone can.

Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography
Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography

As if all that didn’t make the night special enough, I had the honor of being in the women of country dressing room, which is hands down the most STUNNING dressing room I have ever seen. It was so surreal looking around at all the photos of the legendary women that inspire me everyday to be authentic, bold and passionate every time I step up to the microphone. I’m so thankful I got to share the evening with my family and friends who have supported me every step of the way and I’m sure it was a night I will never ever forget.

Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography
Emily Ann Roberts; Photo credit: Summer Simmons Photography

Keep up with Emily Ann Roberts via emilyannroberts.com. See more from her night at the Opry in the video below.