Randall King Makes Emotional Opry Debut, Releases Debut Album, ‘Shot Glass’
It’s been a week full of career milestones for Randall King. Not only did the rising star step into the iconic…
Randall King; Photo by Chris Hollo
It’s been a week full of career milestones for Randall King. Not only did the rising star step into the iconic circle on the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time ever, but he also released his debut album, Shot Glass.
Just days ahead of the release of his album, King made his Opry debut performing “Roger, Miller Lite and Me” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The singer/songwriter was overcome with emotion prior to his performance of “I’ll Fly Away” and earned a standing ovation from the packed Opry house crowd.
The Texas native reflected on his Opry debut later in the week on Instagram, calling it “an amazing night on an amazing week.”
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“I am on a-whole-nother level of a record high,” he wrote. “I can never thank the @opry enough for this moment. A moment to honor my sister, Leanna, to honor my family, my team, and above all my Lord and Savior who has blessed me so much in this incredible life He’s given me. THANK YOU to everyone who has believed in me.”
He went on to thank his family and his team for their unwavering support.
“THANK YOU to @vera_vasiley for workin her ass off on this beautiful jacket, to my team for puttin me in the positions they have, to my family for driving 1000’s of miles to be here and all they’ve down to support me, for BABY for Lovin this old Honkytonker and makin me a better man, for my mom for driving me back n forth to guitar lessons, and for my father for buildin this dream with me. A 9 year old’s dream just came true last night y’all,” he concluded.
King’s 11-track debut record is available everywhere now. The album includes 11 tracks, seven of which were co-written by the Texas native. The album is centered around a night out at a bar, with each song representing a different point of view from this in the room.
“This record is four years in the making, and there are a lot of things I’ve gone through in those years,” said King. “Heartbreak, love, loss, fear, anger, peace. You hear all of that through this record. It’s a piece of me that I love and can’t wait to share with the world, for it to resonate and hit folks right where they need. There are songs I’ve written over the last five years on this record, some I’ve played out and some nobody has heard yet. I’m excited to drop it and let it off the chain!”
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.