Before stepping into the historic circle to make his Grand Ole Opry debut, Nigerian-born singer/songwriter, Blessing Offor, ended up crossing paths with two of country music’s biggest names – Dierks Bentley and former Rascal Flatts frontman, Gary LeVox.
On Tuesday, October 25, Offor had the opportunity to feel all the same emotions that LeVox and Bentley did when they first stepped onto the Opry stage during their early careers. Bentley was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 1, 2005, and six years later, LeVox earned the same honor as a member of the Rascal Flatts trio.
Following his introduction to the audience, Offor performed a stripped-down version of his track “Tin Roof,” before bringing the full band on stage to perform his Top 5 radio single “Brighter Days.” His impressive performance earned a standing ovation from the overjoyed crowd.
“The ground, sacred, the feeling, indescribable, the night, magical. The Grand Ole Opry. Can’t wait to do it again! Thank you all!” he wrote in an Instagram post.
A few days after the milestone event took place, Offor shared a series of photos from the night. Among the images, he posed with Bentley and LeVox backstage of the Opry.
His caption read, “Throwback to a week ago when I played the Opry with my whole Red Light family backstage, swipe to see the randos I ran into.”
Making his Opry debut tops off 2022 for Offor, who has truly experienced a breakout year. He earned a 2022 Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year” and released his debut EP Brighter Days, with the self-titled track peaking at #2 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart. Offor also made his national television debut on NBC’s The Kelly Clarkson Show.
The Voice Alum and multi-week No. 1 singer/songwriter will soon enter a new chapter of his career as he prepares to unveil his debut album, My Tribe, which features his latest single, “Your Love.” Offer recently announced that his highly anticipated full-length project will finally be available on all streaming platforms on January 13th.
“I’m immensely proud of this project,” Blessing shared in a release. “It’s been a winding road to get here, but it’s been worth every step. I’ve poured myself into these songs, and I hope that everyone who listens will be able to find something that they can hold onto. All my thanks to everyone who had a hand in it and who puts an ear to it – I would not be here without you!”
This project follows his Brighter Days EP, which introduced the themes for his album. Offor puts forth his most vulnerable self through 16 tracks that each hold their own bit of truth, swagger and authenticity. My Tribe serves as a love letter to his Nigerian roots and depicts the story of his unique journey to Music City in pursuit of his passion.
Offor is currently on the road this fall with Brandon Lake and Lauren Daigle, but in 2023, he will perform as a special guest on Zach Williams’ A Hundred Highways Tour. The trek will kick off on March 2 in Columbus, GA and continue throughout the country before wrapping May 12.