Luke Combs Goes ‘On the Record’ To Officially Accept Opry Invitation

On Tuesday evening, Luke Combs received the invitation of a lifetime when he was asked to become the newest member…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 12, 2019


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Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy Facebook

On Tuesday evening, Luke Combs received the invitation of a lifetime when he was asked to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

In a video shared by the Opry, Combs was noticably overcome with emotion when he recevied the invitation from Grand Ole Opry members Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and John Conlee. He could barely compose himself as tears rolled down his face while the packed Opry house erupted with cheers.

Taking time to soak up the news, Combs took to Facebook Wednesday afternoon to share a heartfelt message about his emotional Opry invitation and officially accept the offer to join the hallowed institution.

“This is the absolute feather in my cap for me as far as career goals,” he began. “It is the absolute No. 1 thing for me. It cannot be surpassed. It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I made my debut. It’s such a storied thing. I was like, ‘I will do whatever it takes to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’ I just can’t believe it. It doesn’t feel real.”

“When I saw Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and John Conlee walk out, I thought, “This is how they invite people to become member, but I don’t deserve that yet.’ I believed them when they said they were coming out to sing with me,” he continued. “You just never think this is going to happen. When they asked, I literally couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even know what to say. There’s nothing to say but yes, and I didn’t even say yes. I just cried the whole time. Let me go on the record and say, ‘Yes.’ I don’t know what else to say to the Grand Ole Opry except ‘thank you.’ I’m so humbled by this opportunity.”

Combs’ official Opry induction will be set for later this year.

Re-live the incredible moment in the video below.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.