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Lainey Wilson Appears as Surprise Guest



Front Row: Garrett Nichols (Alumni Restless Road), Ella Langley, Madeline Edwards, Anne Wilson, Wesley Hall, Adam Gallegos & Jonthan Saenz of Flatland and Alumni Tenille Townes Back Row: Colton Pake and Zach Beeken of Restless Road, Chase Matthew, Wyatt Flores, Jelly Roll, Jason Albers, Celto Cordero & Reid Dilllon of Flatland and Alumni Ian Munsick photo by Catherine Powell

FRISCO, TX. (May 15, 2024) – The Grand Ole Opry held a sold-out “Opry NextStage Live From Texas” show today from the Lava Catina in Frisco, Texas. The event was hosted by leading ACM Award nominee Jelly Roll and featured a surprise performance by Lainey Wilson. The special Opry event precedes the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards happening tomorrow and featured Opry NextStage Class of 2024 Artists: Anne Wilson, Chase Matthew, Ella Langley, Flatland Cavalry, Madeline Edwards, and Wyatt Flores and Opry NextStage Alums Restless Road and Tenille Townes

Lainey Wilson & Jelly Roll Photo by Catherine Powell

“Opry NextStage Live From Texas” was live streamed on the Opry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel for fans who were not able to attend. 

Since 2019, the NextStage program has introduced new talent to new fans and featured artists such as Riley Green, Parker McCollum, Tenille Townes and Lainey Wilson, who all went on to earn ACM New Male and Female Artist of the Year trophies the year following their NextStage inclusion. Other NextStage alums include Priscilla Block, BRELAND, Callista Clark, Travis Denning, Niko Moon, Restless Road, Jameson Rodgers, Elvie Shane, Conner Smith, Nate Smith, Morgan Wade and Hailey Whitters. 

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About Opry NextStage

Developed by Opry Entertainment Group and the Grand Ole Opry, Opry NextStage invests in the discovery of new artists with featured original content, an Opry performance and support across the brand’s platforms to help tell their stories and expand their audiences. For nearly a century, the Grand Ole Opry has created opportunities for artists throughout the Country music spectrum to make strong connections with fans and fellow artists – on its stages and across its channels – from terrestrial radio to the digital universe. The Opry has helped launch the careers of countless artists, including Roy Acuff, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and Dolly Parton, to name a few. Award-winning group Little Big Town made its very first public appearance as a group on the Opry stage in 1999, and Carrie Underwood cemented a place in Country music with her first Opry appearance less than two weeks after having been named American Idol in 2005. Audiences around the world look to the Opry to showcase the very best in Country music, and it was with this tradition that Opry NextStage was created.

About the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is the home of country music where artists and fans gather, in person and virtually, to celebrate and be part of country’s past, present and future. Founded in Nashville in 1925 and today the longest-running live broadcast show in the world, the Opry strengthens its roots by constantly evolving. The Opry’s members are country’s most emblematic artists, and the show regularly showcases country music’s top new talent. The Opry welcomes legions of fans to visit the Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – Music City, USA – to experience one of the 3-5 live shows it hosts per week; take a backstage tour; listen to live broadcasts on and, SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, or its flagship home WSM Radio; and watch Opry Live on Saturday nights and Opry content all week long on Circle Country. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) and part of a strategic investment with Atairos and NBCUniversal.

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