Ashley McBryde Says Becoming An Opry Member Is One Of The Biggest “You’ve Made It” Moments Of Her Career

“That is literally country music as an entity putting its arms around you and saying, ‘You belong here.’ It is,” McBryde admitted.

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Posted on August 24, 2023

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Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Ashley McBryde became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2022, and it’s one of the proudest accomplishments of her career.

Means The “Whole World” To McBryde To Be An Opry Member

During an appearance on Apple Music Country’s Trailblazers Radio with Fancy Hagood, McBryde discussed the honor, sharing that it means “the whole world” to her.

“That’s the whole damn world tied up in a bow … I still get teary about it because being at the Opry is kind of a family feel,” she said. “You know how it is. It’s a family feel anyway. But when I walk in and they say, ‘Ashley, here’s your mail’ — I literally get mail there? That’s home. That’s what that means.”

Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry
Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

McBryde continued, “And my name is on the wall on the plaque, and my face is on the wall in the room, which means I am now one of the bricks that are put in the wall to build country music. And that means absolutely everything to me. That is literally country music as an entity putting its arms around you and saying, ‘You belong here.’ It is.”

“And I know sometimes that we can let it feel cheesy or it can sound cliché to people that don’t quite understand it, and that’s okay too, because that’s part of our tradition as well, telling Hee Haw jokes and being corny and, and wearing overalls, things like that,” she added, “But that is one of the biggest ‘You’ve made it kiddo’ moments.”

Invited To Join The Opry By Garth Brooks In October 2022

Ashley McBryde was invited to join the Opry by Garth Brooks, who surprised her during her appearance on CBS Mornings in October 2022. Brooks appeared virtually from the Opry, joking that he was “here for a proposal.”

“This is part of a family that keeps growing. You know where we’re at. We’re at the Grand Ole Opry,” he said. “I’m standing in the circle of wood right now where you stand. Miss Ashley McBryde, on behalf of the Opry and myself as an Opry member – I’m gonna try not to cry – we would love for you to consider becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Tearing up, McBryde responded, “It would be the great joy and the great honor of my life.”

Eric Church, Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry
Eric Church, Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Inducted By Longtime Friend Terri Clark

Her official induction ceremony took place on December 10, and the Arkansas native was inducted by her good friend Terri Clark.

“To me, the Opry is about family. It is a family,” Clark told McBryde during the evening. “As my sister, you have earned your place at the table, more than anybody that I know. I know that I, along with all of your fans and all of your peers and your mom and your dad and your family — everybody that’s here tonight, have been patiently waiting to hear the words, ‘Congratulations, Ashley McBryde. You are officially a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”

Ashley McBryde, Terri Clark; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry
Ashley McBryde, Terri Clark; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

New Album, The Devil I Know

McBryde is currently preparing to release her latest album, The Devil I Know.

Arriving on September 8 via Warner Music Nashville and produced by Jay Joyce, The Devil I Know will feature 11 tracks, including the previously released tunes “Made For This,” “Learned To Lie,” “The Devil I Know,” and “Light On In The Kitchen,” which is currently in the Top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

The Devil I Know Tour

Furthermore, the GRAMMY-award winning singer will support her new album with her headlining The Devil I Know Tour, which begins on October 7 in Mobile, Alabama.

After time in the United States, McBryde will head across the pond, with the tour wrapping in Ireland on January 28. She will be supported by Kasey Tyndall, JD Clayton, Zach Top, Bella White, Will Jones, Corey Kent and Harper O’Neil on select dates.

Additionally, Ashley McBryde will join Jelly Roll on select dates of his Backroad Baptism Tour. The country hitmaker and Arkansas native will also serve as support for Dierks Bentley at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado before returning to Middle Tennessee for Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin on September 24.

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For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit her official website at AshleyMcBryde.com.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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