The Grand Ole Opry, the biggest stage in country music, has been the home to countless artists over the years. It first started in 1925 and continues to hold significance to both fans and artists everywhere.
A new group from Hendersonville, Tennessee is now being welcomed into the Grand Ole Opry family. Last night, The Isaacs was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Opry members Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. You can go ahead and mark September 14 day as “The Isaacs Day” as well.
The Isaacs are a multi-Grammy-nominated family group consisting of Becky, Ben, Lily, and Sonya. In addition to being a part of the Opry now, the group is also in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The family sings bluegrass Southern gospel music. They started all the way back in 1971 when Joe and Lily Isaacs became a bluegrass band. Over the years, there have been different shifts in who exactly is a part of the group. When their son and daughters became old enough, they joined the band.
You may recognize their popular songs like “For Those Tears I Died,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout Them Good Old Days),” “Stand Still,” “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” and “Daniel Prayed.” They released an album in 2021 called “The American Face.”
Last month, the group was actually surprised by an invitation to join the Opry from Skaggs. “When we think of all the people there are in the whole world, we feel we must be the most loved by God because this is such a wonderful night,” said Sonya Isaacs, according to a press release.
Reaction to The Isaacs Joining The Grand Ole Opry
The entire family was quick to share their gratitude and happiness over this massive career accomplishment. “The Isaacs are so much better at giving than receiving so this night is so humbling,” said Becky.
The Isaacs performed an emotional set at the Opry House. The set closed out with “It Is Well With My Soul” and then there was an all-cast performance of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time the family has paid a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. They have been visiting the stage for 25 years and can now call themselves official members.
“The Isaacs have brought so many great performances and so much joy to the Opry over the course of the 25 years they’ve been visiting us. Whether they are sitting in the auditorium, standing on stage, or watching from the wings, every single person here tonight is thrilled they’ve come home to the Opry to stay,” Dan Rogers, the Opry Vice President and Executive Producer, said.
Over this time period, The Isaacs have fostered a lot of powerful connections in the music world.
One of them is Dennis Quaid, an influential actor as well as a country artist. He said, “The Isaacs have the voices of Angels. The sounds of harmonies they produce are modern and ancient at the same time. They are masters of the craft. Ben Isaacs is producing my forthcoming Gospel album and I’ve gotten to know him as a respected producer, musician, artist and now, I’m honored to call him and his family, friends. Congratulations.”