Vince Gill Shocks T. Graham Brown With Invitation To Join Grand Ole Opry

Brown was left speechless and began to cry.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 20, 2024

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Vince Gill, T. Graham Brown; Photo Courtesy of The Grand Ole Opry

Vince Gill just surprised T. Graham Brown with an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and the unexpected moment left Brown in a puddle of tears. 

Vince Gill Invites T. Graham Brown To Become A Member Of The Grand Ole Opry

On Tuesday afternoon, during a live recording of T. Graham Brown’s Live Wire for SiriusXM, Gill told Brown, “I was asked to come here by the Opry to invite you to become the next member.”

Brown was left nearly speechless over the unexpected invitation and didn’t initially believe Gill was telling him the truth. 

Vince Gill, T. Graham Brown; Photo Courtesy of The Grand Ole Opry
Vince Gill, T. Graham Brown; Photo Courtesy of The Grand Ole Opry

“Aww boo…no,” he shouted. 

Gill clarified, “Maybe you’ll sing that song, on that night.” 

Realizing that this dream was in fact becoming a reality, Brown was overcome with emotions and began to cry. 

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“They love you,” Gill said in reference to to the Opry. “It’s a special place and you will be a valued part of that place.”

Brown was left without words and got up out of his seat to hug Gill.  

“I didnt’ mean to make you cry,” Gill said. 

Gill Says It Was All A “Set Up”

The “One More Last Chance” singer then revealed that the entire day was “all a set up.” He began to laugh and tole Graham, “Every question you asked me today, I lied like a dog!”

Photo Courtesy T. Graham Brown
Photo Courtesy T. Graham Brown

Opry member Mark Wills was one of the first artists to share their excitement over welcoming Brown to the Grand Ole Opry family, writing, “A HUGE congrats to my friend T. Graham Brown on being invited by Vince Gill to join our Grand Ole Opry Family. His addition is so welcomed!”

Fans Declare, “It’s About Time”

Fans also reacted to the news on social media. One Instagram user declared, “About damn time,” while another shared, “He’s so appreciative! I love this! So deserving!”

T. Graham Brown has yet to release an official statement regarding his Opry invitation and a date for his Opry induction has yet to be revealed. Hours after the surprise invitation, Brown opened up the Grand Ole Opry show.

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Where Is T. Graham Brown From?

The 69-year-old is originally from Arabi, Georgia. He relocated to Nashville in 1982 and began singing jingles for corporate companies (his voice has been heard in advertising campaigns from McDonald’s, Disneyland, Coca-Cola, and more). Two years later, in 1984, he signed to Capitol Records to begin his career as a recording artist. 

His debut single was “Drowning in Memories,” which became a Top 40 single. His next release, “I Tell It LIke It Used To Be,” proved to be a chart success, climbing all the way to No.1.

Shortly after, he followed up with more hits, including the self-penned track “Hell And High Water,” marking his first-ever No.1 song. Success continued with subsequent releases like “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” and “Don’t Go To Strangers,” all of which soared to the top of the charts.

Photo Courtesy T. Graham Brown
Photo Courtesy T. Graham Brown

He later raked in No.1 hits gospel and blues, proving his talent could cross genres. 

How Many No.1 Singles Does T. Graham Brown Have?

In all, T. Graham Brown has released 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. Brown has collaborated with artists such as Vine Gill, The Beach Boys, Tanya Tucker, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridges Boys and more. 

To this day, he maintains a busy touring schedule, gracing prestigious stages like the Grand Ole Opry and appearing on television shows such as Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. He also appears in the new film, A Nashville Wish, alongside Lee Greenwood. 

T. Graham Brown’s unmatched talent and charisma have solidified his status as one of today’s most cherished and iconic performers. 

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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.