Lady A Honors Randy Travis with ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ Performance at Grand Ole Opry

by Joe Rutland

Lady A remembers those who came before them in country music. They paid tribute to Randy Travis by performing “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Lady A sang the classic as part of NBC’s “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” special that aired on Sunday night.

The trio have been around the country music scene for a number of years, including earlier performances on the Opry stage. When they performed the Travis song, it was just after Lady A officially received an invitation from Darius Rucker to join the Grand Ole Opry.

“Well, that was the most unexpected surprise, we are so honored, speechless truly, and Randy Travis we hope we do you justice on this one,” band member Hillary Scott said.

Travis himself took note of Lady A’s performance and sent out congrats through Twitter on Sunday night.

Now Lady A filmed their part for the “Opry” special back in January. That’s when Rucker surprised them with the invitation to join the historic lineup of country music singers. At the time, the band expressed their happiness and surprise on social media.

“This is the best surprise we could ever ask for!!” the band starts off on their official Twitter. “Today while filming for an upcoming Opry special, Darius Rucker invited us to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry.”

“To say we are honored is an understatement,” Lady A said as a band. “We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing family.”

Hillary Scott of Lady A Almost Recorded Underwood Hit

Hillary Scott almost found herself in a recording studio singing “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Now that song is more connected to country music singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood.

Yet Scott of Lady A admits she almost did the song as part of her solo career.

Scott recently recounted a time before she joined the popular trio and was working on her solo career. She had a development deal in Nashville. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was pitched to her as a possible song for her to record.

However, Underwood’s star was on the rise and Scott didn’t get a chance to record the song. In fact, Scott never released any songs as part of that development deal.

“It was one of my favorites, and then that was all right in the time (Carrie Underwood) was on ‘American Idol,'” Scott said. “She was a country artist on ‘American Idol,’ which was amazing, and that song really spoke to her.”