It’s official – Carly Pearce is the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The “Next Girl” singer was officially inducted into the hallowed country music institution on Tuesday evening (Aug. 3) by longtime Opry member Trisha Yearwood.
Pearce was inducted after her official intro from her friend and fellow Opry member, Jeannie Seely.
“Carly has all the obvious wonderful traits, but she has that one extra thing, determination,” Seely shared. “She has the sincerest dedication and strongest work ethic of anyone I’ve ever known in my life. And she never strayed from her path of wanting to be a member of the Opry.”
Pearce then took the stage to perform her chart-topping hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” as well as a duet with Trisha Yearwood on “How Do I Live.”
Then, Pearce’s crowning moment came as Yearwood declared, “This is a very special place, and when you are invited it’s an invitation to the family. So, with much pride and joy, Carly you are now an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Pearce gushed over the opportunity to join the Opry family and explained what it means to her.
“What makes this family something special to be a part of is you can have hit records and sell out shows, but all of that can fade and this is something I will have forever,” she shared. “It’s a stage to sing on, a circle to stand in and a forever family. This is super special to me. All I ever wanted to do was sing country music. This isn’t another accolade or feather in my cap but a promise that I will do my due diligence to make sure the circle is never broken.”
After Pearce shared a performance of “Dear Miss Loretta,” she joined Yearwood and Seely for a performance of the Kitty Wells classic “Making Believe.”
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Following her Opry induction, Pearce took to social media to share her excitement over the evening, calling it the “greatest moment of my life.”
Carly Pearce was surprised with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry in June by longtime Opry member Dolly Parton.