Erin Kinsey Makes Opry Debut: ‘It Meant The World’
Rising country star Erin Kinsey fulfilled a lifelong dream on Saturday, April 23 when she stepped into the iconic circle…
Erin Kinsey; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Rising country star Erin Kinsey fulfilled a lifelong dream on Saturday, April 23 when she stepped into the iconic circle on the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time ever.
The Texas native performed for a full house, including several friends and family members during her Opry debut, making for a moment she won’t soon forget.
“I don’t really have the words for this, and don’t know if I ever will. But thank you so much to the Grand Ole Opry for giving me a chance to share my music and my story on the biggest stage in country music,” shared Kinsey on socials. “The weight of that circle and the legends that have performed in it, is so real and I feel so honored to have been able to feel it. Can’t wait to show y’all all of the behind the scenes, but for now I’m still taking it alllll in. Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday night freaking out with me… it meant the world.”
Kinsey performed songs from her just-released debut EP, 40 East, including “Hate This Hometown” and her current single, “Just Drive.”
Fans can keep up with Erin Kinsey on Instagram.
Lauren Jo Black
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.