Sally Williams, General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment, Craig Morgan and Dan Rogers, Director Marketing, Communication and Artist Initiatives, Grand Ole Opry (Photo Credit: ©2018 Grand Ole Opry Photos By Chris Hollo)
Craig Morgan celebrated his 10th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with an appearance on the Opry last night at the Grand Ole Opry House performing some of his biggest hits including “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and a new song “Whiskey,” among others.
Morgan was inducted into the Opry family on October 25, 2008 by Opry member John Conlee who had also introduced and brought Morgan to the stage when he made his Opry debut on April 21, 2000. On his induction night 10 years ago, Conlee said “…it was plain to me that no one loves the Grand Ole Opry more than this young man right here. He loves it as much as he loves his country, and he’s proven that with his service to his country before.”
Morgan was invited by Conlee to become an Opry member during a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina on September 18, 2008. That evening was a homecoming of sorts for the singer, who was stationed at Ft. Bragg from 1990 to 1992 during his ten-year active duty tenure in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
Last night, as Morgan stood on stage celebrating his 10th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry his love of country and ties to the military community were still evident as he asked all military veterans and members in the audience to stand, bringing one person from each branch of the United States Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp., Coast Guard) to the stage in the circle to the audience’s standing ovation.
Morgan closed his set with “International Harvester” and continued his celebration backstage with his family, friends and Opry family.
Coming to the Grand Ole Opry this month. On the heels of the Opry celebrating its 93rd birthday this past weekend with two back-to-back two star-packed nights and an Oct 6 Saturday night Opry partnering with American Red Cross to assist those affected in the Carolinas by Hurricane Florence, the Grand Ole Opry partners once again with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to celebrate Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® during a special show Saturday, October 20 and includes superstar group Alabama. Throughout the show, photos and videos of inspirational moments from Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® will be shared, and a St. Jude patient will take the stage as a special guest announcer for the night. The month at the Opry will end with the 10th Anniversary of Opry Goes Pink with Opry member and superstar Carrie Underwood, Anita Cochran, Ronnie Milsap and more raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
About Craig Morgan: A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four week #1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”
Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. Morgan remains an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and has made 15 overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and in 2018 was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to our military men and women around the world.
In 2017 Craig debuted The Gallery at Morgan Farms, a family-owned and operated farm-to-home business in his hometown of Dickson, TN. The store features a variety of artisan items handmade by Craig and his family and shoppers can also order his custom blended Old Tattoo Cabernet Sauvignon, in partnership with Lot18.com.
About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December and Wednesday shows beginning June 13. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.http://www.countryschatter.com/2018/10/craig-morgan-celebrates-10th-anniversary-as-grand-ole-opry-member/Grand Ole OpryPress ReleaseCountry Cares For St. Jude Kids,Craig Morgan,Dan Rogers,Grand Ole Opry,Old Tattoo Cabernet Sauvignon,Sally willams,The Gallery at Morgan Farms