The milestone moment happened when fellow members Little Big Town invited Ballerini to sing with them on “Girl Crush.” It was then that the band’s Karen Fairchild changed the lyrics to sing, “Kelsea Ballerini, will you join the Opry?” The moment both stunned and shocked Ballerini, who quickly began to cry.
“Do you want to join the Opry,” asked Fairchild again, who received a resounding “yes” from the shocked singer.
“We are thrilled at the thought of Kelsea Ballerini joining the Opry family,” said Opry General Manager Sally Williams in a press release. “So many of us at the Opry have been fans of her recordings, her songwriting, and her live performances since she played the Opry for the very first time. Having grown to know her personally in the years since, we love and respect her just as much as a person as an artist. We look so forward to her Opry induction in April and to all the years of great music we’ll share.”
The news comes as Ballerini continues her run opening for Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Tour. She’s also appearing as Clarkson’s adviser on season 16 of The Voice. Country fans will catch Ballerini this summer when she performs at CMA Fest. and embarks on her own headlining Miss Me More Tour.
Ballerini’s formal Opry induction will take place on April 16.