Chris Young was surprised during his Grand Ole Opry performance last night (Tuesday, August 29th) by Country Music Hall of Fame and Opry member Vince Gill with an invitation to become an official Opry member. The invite came just prior to Chris and Vince's performance of their chart-topping duet “Sober Saturday Night,” which they celebrated earlier in the evening backstage at the Opry. Chris will formally be inducted into the Opry on Tuesday, October 17th, just days before the release of his 7th album, Losing Sleep, which arrives at retail on October 20th.
Vince joined Chris on stage and joked that he’d never been paid for his work on the “Sober Saturday Night” session. He said, “I’ll make you a deal -- I’ll forgive the session fees if you’ll be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.” A shocked Chris eventually replied, “You’re getting triple scale at this point!” The two hugged and Chris lifted Vince up into the air.
After the show, Chris tweeted, "Tonight was so unreal! Growing up listening to the @opry, I never imagined that I would be invited to be a member!"