On March 14 in Nashville, the budding country star entered the circle for the first time with the backing of his family.
1. My preferred method of decompressing before a big night is to ride my Harley around the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, where I was born and raised.
2. There is no way of knowing how many luminaries have entered the Grand Ole Opry stage’s historic circle. A few months before my debut night, I visited the location and purposefully waited for my turn to enter that area. At soundcheck, exactly what I had said to the circle that I would do was return for it.
3. When I was a young child, my Mamaw has been one of my biggest supporters. I knew I wanted her to experience walking into the circle with me when she surprised me backstage during soundcheck, so she joined me on stage before the performance started. One of my favorite moments of the evening was when we both stopped to enjoy the moment.
4. We conducted a few interviews regarding my journey to the Grand Ole Opry stage in my favorite dressing room backstage, Roy Acuff’s old room, which is currently used by Vince Gill whenever he performs on the show. This was done just before I went onstage for my performance. Even though it was a difficult path to get here, I am very glad I did.
5. My grandparents came to my dressing room because I was feeling uneasy and we said a quick prayer before I entered the stage.
6. It was now time for the show. I had to close my eyes and experience the spirit of the space right now. I won’t ever forget that situation.
7. I couldn’t help but give thanks to the Lord for getting me this far in the middle of my performance. He deserves all the credit.
8. I’m still in disbelief that this night truly occurred, but it’s over. The past week was a reality check. Don’t give up if you’re on the same route as someone else out there. Continue to pursue your goals and have faith in yourself.