Country Now Artist to Watch Tyler Braden fulfilled his lifelong dream of performing on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday (Jan. 8) when he stepped into the circle for the first time ever.
Making his debut performing his fan-favorite tracks “Better Off” and “Try Losing One,” Braden had the Opry audience on their feet throughout his performance.
Following his Opry debut, the rising star and former firefighter took to social media to reflect on the career defining moment.
“I can’t really put the feelings that I felt and am still feeling into a caption. Surreal is the only word that comes close,” he shared. “A mix of fact and fantasy. It happened but it’s still a dream. I played the stage, I stood in the circle, and I did what I love most, but more importantly I performed with my best friends and I felt supported beyond my wildest dreams from everyone I love. I’ll never forget last night.”
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After the performance, Braden also shared, “There are so many dreams, so many goals, and so many firsts in this industry, but that one was it. That was the one. There’s nothing like standing in that circle, and just when I thought it was everything I possibly thought it could be, I got to look around and see everyone I love. There’s no way to say it without sounding cliché, but I’ll never forget that moment.”
The country newcomer recently wrapped his time on the road with Brantley Gilbert on The Worst Country Tour Of All Time.
He’ll soon visit Atlanta’s Terminal West (1/20) and Savannah’s Saddle Bags (1/21) and has a full list of tour dates planned for the new year.