Country artists get the opportunity to celebrate all kinds of milestones in the course of their career: the first time they hear themselves on the radio, their first No. 1 single, their first album release, their first headlining show. Being part of the Grand Ole Opry offers its own array of milestones from their first time at the Opry, to being inducted. Trisha Yearwood is marking an even bigger one, though. On March 12, she’ll be recognized for the 20th anniversary of her Opry induction.
Trisha was actually invited to join the Opry on January 16, 1999, by veteran member Ricky Skaggs. She was then officially welcomed into the Opry family a couple of months later on March 13, 1999, by the flash and dazzle that was the legendary Porter Wagoner. It had been eight years since the release of her self-titled debut album, which featured her first single, the No. 1 smash, “She’s In Love With the Boy,” but during her induction, she performed Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.”
Before Trisha was welcomed into the historical institution, she had already proven a great love and respect for the country icons who came before her. In fact, while a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, she worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as a tour guide. And even before that, she proved her vocal prowess in 1988 as a contestant on the reality competition series “You Can Be a Star.” To no one’s surprise, she was just as impressive then as she is now.
Twenty years of Opry membership and appearances will be celebrated when Trisha visits the landmark stage on March 12th for a special night of music that also includes performances from Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and recent Opry inductee, Mark Wills.