Dasha To Make Opry Debut: ‘Such An Honor’

The “Austin” singer will step into the Opry Circle for the first time on June 15.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 22, 2024


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Dasha at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas; Photo Courtesy ACM

Breakout star Dasha will have the opportunity to check another item off her bucket list when she steps onto the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time on Saturday, June 15. 

Dasha’s Opry debut will include a performance of her smash hit “Austin” and songs from her 2024 album, What Happens Now?.

“I’ve been thinking about the moment that I might get my chance to step into the Opry Circle since I came to Nashville for the first time when I was 13,” Dasha explained in a statement. “To be asked to be a small part of country music culture, where so many artists I look up to have stood, is such an honor.” 

Dasha - Opry Debut
Dasha – Opry Debut

An Opry star that Dasha recently had a chance to connect with is Kelsea Ballerini, who officially became a member on April 16, 2019. 

“She’s an icon. Kelsea is the sweetest person ever,” Dasha gushed during an interview with Country Now backstage before the ACM Awards. “She also has been an older sister to me, seeing her backstage at the CMT Awards and we’ve just had mutual friends for a while and so we connected over that and I don’t know, she just has such a kind heart and once again, just wants to see women around her succeeding and just wants to lift up any way she can.”  

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To date, the singer/songwriter has raked in over 10 billion views on TikTok and landed at No.5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart with “Austin.” Additionally, the song earned a spot in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 11, peaking at No. 28. The song is at country radio now. 

The country-pop star made headlines when she performed “Austin” in Austin, Texas at the CMT Music Awards last month, and turned heads on the red carpet at the ACM Awards just last week. 

Her official “Austin” music video has already been viewed over 5 million times. The cinematic clip brings the song’s dramatic storyline to life and takes viewers on a journey through a good relationship that goes south quickly.   

Dasha in the "Austin" music video
Dasha; Photo by Juan Flores Mena

“There’s such a visual story in the song that it made it really easy to have this vision come to life. When we were casting the lead role, I knew I wanted someone that I already knew but that it needed to be someone who could play that drunk, messed up asshole boyfriend and jxdn was so excited to play that role,” Dasha told us. 

The filming experience was quite surreal for the singer/songwriter, who made her acting debut in the clip. 

“When we were filming the bathroom scenes, jxdn and I were screaming at each other and it all felt so real – like my heart was beating so fast during that because it just felt like we were in that moment,” she later recalled. 

In addition to her upcoming Opry debut, Dasha is set to appear at CMA Fest, Lollapalooza, and more. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.