Dustin Lynch officially becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry last night (Sept. 18). Inducted into the hallowed institution by iconic entertainer and Opry member Reba McEntire, the moment came as a complete surprise to Lynch. He later shared, “I wouldn’t have wanted to be inducted by anyone else … Reba’s the top of my list. She could have been anywhere in the world today and chose to be here. That means so much to me.”
Lynch was praised for bringing a tasteful sense of modern energy to his well-documented love of traditional Country, and welcomed into the Opry’s permanent cast by a packed house of fans, friends and family. Realizing a lifelong dream, the Tennessee native could barely contain his emotions as he stepped into the Opry’s famous onstage circle for the first time as a full member.
“I told everybody before I came out here I’m a crybaby, and I get it from my dad,” said Lynch. Thanking his friends, family, bandmates, and everyone who plays a part in his career for sharing in his dreams, he continued, “This is one of those dreams right now … Thank you for allowing us to live the dream.”
Lynch’s grooving current single “Good Girl” is making its way up the Country radio charts. Up next for Lynch is a high-profile performance at the all-genre iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday (9/22), and he’ll team up with Cole Swindell and special guest Lauren Alaina for the REASON TO DRINK … ANOTHER TOUR beginning October 4 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Since releasing his PLATINUM-certified debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Lynch has “steadily built one of the most consistent recording careers in modern country music” (Billboard) with five consecutive #1s, three Top 5 albums, PLATINUM-level certifications and tours with the genre’s biggest names (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley). Racking up over 238 million views on YouTube/VEVO, scoring one billion streams, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter, and selling 4.5 million digital tracks, the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry brings a fresh combination of traditional influence and edgy intensity to the genre. Lynch’s “sexy” (CMT), “intoxicating” (Taste of Country) third studio album, CURRENT MOOD, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in Fall 2017. Produced by Brent Anderson, Mickey Jack Cones, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, and Will Weatherly, the boldly adventurous project features the GOLD-certified, #1 single “Seein’ Red” and PLATINUM-selling, multi-week chart-topper “Small Town Boy,” and aims to push the musical envelope even further. With accolades rolling in – including Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and CMT Music Awards nominations – Lynch made his mark with high–profile appearances on CMA Fest, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ACM Awards, Good Morning America, TODAY, and many more.
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