Mandy Barnett Surprised With Invitation To Join the Grand Ole Opry

by Samantha Whidden

Last week, country singer and stage actress Mandy Barnett revealed she was officially selected to join the Grand Ole Opry. The organization’s invitation came the same day she was celebrating her 46th birthday.

In a birthday card addressed to Mandy Barnett, the invitation reads, “Wishing the happiest of birthday from all of us at the Opry to one of our favorite voices to have ever taken this stage!”

Grand Ole Opry also acknowledged that Mandy Barnett made her “Opry” debut nearly three decades ago and has played the show “magnificently” more than 500 times. “You felt like family since we first met. And on this, your special day, we’re honored to invite you to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry!”

The Grand Ole Opry also announced that Mandy Barnett has been invited to become its newest member by Connie Smith. The two took the stage to announce the exciting news. 

“This is the happiest day of my life,” Mandy Barnett declared. According to Taste of Country, Barnett has been on the Grand Ole Opry stage since 1994. “Billy Walker had me on the show. There were so many great supporters, like yourself Connie, that just rooted for me and [have] been nice to me. And I just appreciate it.”

Mandy Barnett notably has eight albums and charted three singles on the Billboard country charts. She has held the titular role in the musical Always… Patsy Cline. The musical is based on the life of singing legend Patsy Cline. It opened in 1994 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. Barnett has notably performed the role in nearly 500 performances over the course of 20 years. 

Mandy Barnett Opens Up About Her Album ‘Strange Conversation

During a 2018 interview with The Boot, Mandy Barnett opened up about her album Strange Conversation and how it stands out from the rest of her albums. 

“I purposely wanted to do something different,” Mandi Barnett explained. I’ve done classic country for the last 20 years. So I didn’t want to work in that world. I wanted to work with some different people that had a different point of view, different background. That sort of thing.”

Mandy Barnett also discussed working on Cowboy’s Work is Never Done duet with John Hiatt. “I’ve always looked up to John Hiatt,” Barnett stated. She also said the collaboration with him was really a dream come true. “When I was a teenager, I was on Capitol Records. I recorded quite a few of his songs at that time. So to be able to do a duet with him was really great.”

In regards to having new styles to explore after Stanger Conversation, Mandy Barnett added, “I think it helps you grow. You discover new things about yourself. It’s important for your future. And the longevity of your career.”