Martina McBride Recalls Her ‘Monumental’ Opry Debut [Exclusive Premiere]
Martina McBride recently discussed her "Full Circle" moments at the Grand Ole Opry. In a four-minute video clip the singer recalls her Opry debut, her Opry induction, and the moment she surprised Charlie Daniels to invite him to become a member of the Opry.
"The Opry is so important to the heritage of country music," McBride says. "I love the way there are heritage artists, there are legends right alongside brand new, baby acts. When I first started coming here, I had artists like Jeannie Seely, Jeanne Pruett, Jan Howard, Connie Smith that really reached out to me and made me feel welcome and I still see that going on today."
On May 23, 1992, McBride made her Opry debut and she recalls being "so nervous."
"I remember I sang 'The Time Has Come,' which was my first single. I had a little short skirt and cowboy boots," she says with a smile. "It was overwhelming and so wonderful to finally be here."
While she admits it was a total blur, she says it was a moment that was "so monumental it really becomes surreal."
Three short years later, McBride was asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and says that her Opry induction was "a dream come true."
"That night was magical. I wore a long, white dress and I can remember standing in that circle," she says. "It was actually part of a televised broadcast, it was an anniversary of the Opry. Loretta [Lynn], when I asked to come do the induction, she was so sweet. Her husband was really sick at that time and she was at his bedside 24/7 but made the trip to come and induct me into the Opry, which I was so touched by and we've remained friends ever since."
Watch the video above to learn more about McBride's Opry moments. Earlier this year she released Reckless, her first studio album of original material in five years.
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