Thirteen years ago Martina McBride invited Charlie Daniels to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Charlie Daniels and His Opry Invite
The coveted invitation took place on November 19, 2007, on the iconic Ryman Auditorium stage. The country crooner was performing as part of the Christmas for Kids benefit. Daniels was emotional and genuinely surprised at the invitation.
“I cannot even begin to tell you folks … this is very emotional for me,” Daniels told the audience at the time. “I never ever in my wildest dreams, when I came to Nashville with my precious wife and son, dreamed that this would happen. To think that now my name will be added along with all these great country artists. Thank you.”
The crew pulled the curtains to reveal another surprise. The screen behind him showed the classic Opry barn backdrop. Additionally, a crew member brought out a classic Opry microphone stand. He finished his show in style with the backdrop and microphone stand.
Furthermore, Pete Fisher, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith inducted Daniels in 2008.
Watch the ordeal, below.
Returning the Favor
Daniels returned the favor by inviting a famous duo into the Grand Ole Opry. Besides getting to play the Opry, Montgomery Gentry was invited into the club by Daniels himself. He surprised Montgomery Gentry by interrupting their performance of “Roll With Me” at the Opry House in May of 2009.
“I have been chosen to do something very special,” Daniels told the duo and audience. “I have known you guys for a long time, and I am very proud of all your accomplishments. If you agree to it, on June 23rd you’re gonna be made members of the Grand Ole Opry!”
Furthermore, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were completely taken by surprise. Daniels finally had to tell them to say something and give him an answer. The pair accepted the honor. Just a month later, their official induction took place.
Finally, watch the surprise, below.