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Charlie Daniels Invited to Become the Newest Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Martina McBride Extends Surprise Invitation During Daniels' Christmas For Kids Benefit Show
Legendary country superstar Charlie Daniels was surprised with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening. Daniels was hosting his annual Christmas For Kids benefit show at the historic Ryman Auditorium when Opry member Martina McBride delivered the surprise Opry invitation. After McBride walked on stage with what appeared to be a Christmas gift for Daniels, she opened the small box she was holding to reveal a Christmas card reading:

“Peace, joy, love, and wishes fulfilled.
These are the timeless treasures of Christmas.
Thank you, Charlie, for all you’ve done to make Christmas wishes come true for thousands of children through the years.
Now it’s time to make a wish come true for you, too.
You’re officially invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Merry Christmas!”

Daniels backed away, overcome with emotion while the crowd exploded with applause.

“I can not even begin to tell you folks…this is very emotional for me,” said Daniels. “I never ever in my wildest dreams when I came to Nashville with my precious wife and son dreamed that this would happen. To think that now my name will be added along with all these great country artists. Thank you.”

Following the Opry invitation, the Ryman’s stage curtains were pulled to reveal the Opry’s classic barn backdrop, and an Opry microphone stand was added center stage. Daniels performed the rest of the benefit show in front of the famous backdrop. Daniels will be officially inducted into the Opry during an Opry at the Ryman performance later this winter.

“Charlie Daniels’ songs and musicianship are nothing less than legendary,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “He’s known worldwide as one of country music’s true icons, and all of us with the Opry are excited to welcome him into our family of new stars, superstars and legends.”

Daniels has been a music icon for more than 40 years. Born in Wilmington, N.C., he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, rhythm & blues, and country music from the radio, including Nashville’s 650 WSM. During his career, Daniels has been awarded a Grammy, three CMA awards, the ACM Pioneer Award, and the TNN/Music City News Living Legend award for his musical contributions. His signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” topped both country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim.

The artist’s current Blue Hat/Koch Records CD release, Deuces, is his first duet album and features guest artists Brad Paisley; The Del McCoury Band ; Gretchen Wilson; Earl, Gary & Randy Scruggs; Bonnie Bramlett; Travis Tritt; Dolly Parton; Brooks & Dunn; Marty Stuart; Darius Rucker; Brenda Lee; Vince Gill; and Montgomery Gentry.


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