Luke Combs surprised his longtime friend and co-writer of “Forever After All,” Drew Parker, with the invite of a lifetime.
Parker shared the emotion-filled invite video via Instagram on Thursday (July 29). In the clip, Combs and Parker are seen sitting next to each other chatting on a tour bus in Nebraska before Combs shocks Parker with an invite to make his Grand Ole Opry debut later this year.
“My buddy Luke Combs surprised me by telling me something I only ever dreamed of!” Parker captioned the clip on Instagram. “I’ve always dreamed of playing the Grand Ole Opry and now I get to make that dream come true. Making my GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT September 14th! Hope to see y’all there (Sorry but not sorry about the crying)”
“Really another high five-able moment is when on September 14, you make your Grand Ole Opry debut,” Combs told Parker during the clip’s opening.
“What?” Parker replied confused and in shock.
“That’s going to be another high five-able moment,” Combs said to Parker, who was in disbelief and replied, “You’re kidding me?”
“Not kidding pal,” Combs said, with Parker continuing to questions Combs, “What? You kidding me?”
“I’m not pal,” Combs clarified to Parker in the video.
Parker quickly got emotional, bent over crying tears of shear joy of being invited to perform at the pinnacle of country music. The singer thought he was filming a video with Combs to chat about “Forever After All,” a single that Combs and Parker co-wrote together.
“That’s really what this is for, It wasn’t for this at all, it wasn’t for ‘Forever After All’ at all. Oh buddy, you’re going to do great.” Combs revealed to Parker, who was in tears in a state of disbelief.
“Oh my God, I hate y’all,” Parker said overcome with emotion, before adding, “Are you freaking kidding me?”
“Out here crying in Nebraska,” Combs joked. “Tears in Nebraska we’ll write that one. Congrats dude,” Combs added before concluding the clip saying, “Oh man, that’s going to be awesome pal.”
Drew Parker is set to make his Opry debut on September 14, 2021.