Congratulations Carly Pearce! Dolly Parton surprised Carly with an invitation to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry family.
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It was a full-circle moment for Carly who worked as a performer at Dollywood as a teenager.
Although the invite happened off the Opry stage late last week, the public announcement was held until Pearce’s Opry appearance tonight so she could experience the moment at her favorite place to be, in front of a live Opry crowd. Pearce will be officially inducted on Tuesday, August 3.
Carly believed she was taping a promotion for the Dollywood theme park. But Parton surprised her by delivering the news with her iconic style
As Pearce took her mark for the shoot, Parton said she’d heard Pearce was filming a promo for Dollywood, she continued chatting about how Pearce had played the Opry over 80 times, joking, “You’d think they’d make you a member…”
Before Pearce could respond, Dolly said, “And they are! They’re asking you to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry!”
“Dolly is not only one of America’s greatest living songwriters, vocalists, entertainers and superstars,” Pearce said. “She represents all of the values country music holds for me. She has the grace of a woman in full, a heart that is all love, the grit to get it done, the courage to stand up for herself and just enough glitter to be everyone’s fairy godsister…”
“And the Opry? It’s been the greatest love of my life since I was a young girl listening with my grandparents. All of the greatest writers, legends and pioneers have been on that stage, and I feel them in my bones anytime I walk in the stage door… To actually be asked to join the Opry family, there are no words.”
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