Alex Miller has played over 1,000 shows since the start of his country music career. But he has yet to set foot on the Grand Ole Opry stage. All of that will change now that Luke Bryan pulled some strings to land the Kentucky native the dream of a lifetime.
Fans may recall, Bryan surprised Miller after his journey on Season 19’s American Idol came to a close. The 2021 ACM Entertainer of the Year and “Idol” judge got a hold of the 17-year-old singer/songwriter via Zoom to let him know that he “made some calls to my good friends… and they agreed to let my buddy Alex Miller come perform at the Grand Ole Opry.”
So far, no official date has been set for Miller’s debut appearance at the ‘Opry,’ but the rising talent, who visited the beloved venue back when he was 9-years-old, says he already feels like he has come full circle.
“When I was little, I did get to tour the Opry….and I remember walking through the back, and I loved country music as a kid. I was always learning the information and stuff, just loved the old stuff,” Miller said while guest-starring on Connect with Country Now – a show on CTRL_Music_ on Twitch. “Touring the Opry was such an awesome experience, and the fact I’m going back and not touring it and being part of a show is an even greater honor.”
“I try not to think about it too much because honestly, I wouldn’t get much sleep,” he admitted. “But I’ve been trying to think about other things. The Opry has been a dream and goal ever since I was a little kid. I was looking at a little thing I did not too long ago when I was a little boy, and I wrote down what my dream was in life, and I wrote down that I wanted to play the Grand Ole Opry, and that’s true it’s been the dream ever since I was a little boy. The fact it’s coming true is just life-fulfilling.”
Miller, who recently released his new single, “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me,” also shared that he is looking to have Bryan on-hand for his Opry debut. And although it is unclear if the two will duet on a song together, Miller says he may take up a few dance lessons to prepare for the special moment since Bryan is known to incorporate hip-shaking movements into his shows. However, don’t expect Miller to imitate the “Wave” singer’s signature dance moves.
“You should get to see a little Luke Bryan and a little of me, and that’s great to me!” Miller said. “ I can move some, but I’m not the best dancer. I can do a slow dance and a two-step, so I might learn some new moves.”
If Bryan does join Miller inside the famous circle, it won’t be the first time the two performed together. The artists previously tested their onstage chemistry during Miller’s American Idol audition, which saw them jamming out on their respective guitars to Merle Haggard’s “Big City” hit.
“I’d say my favorite part was the audition process,” Miller said of his time on ‘Idol.’ “That’s the most nerve-racking part of the whole thing. You prepare, and you prepared yourself for all of this, and you wanna see how things will go over. I had no idea the judges would react the way they did, and the fact they did was the crazy part about it. That had to be my favorite part, all the judges standing up and saying I did a good job and told me to keep going. That was a motivation for me.”
And although Miller’s journey on the show came to an end, he did let Country Now in on a piece of advice that Bryan gave him.
“He just said to keep doing me, and I’m doing that the best I can,” Miller said. “I think my parents and everyone around me can agree.”
American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.