Every country artist remembers the first time they stepped into the Circle. And some musicians are asked to join the Grand Ole Opry’s rank. Carrie Underwood got a surprise visit from Randy Travis in 2008.
Three years removed from her “American Idol” win, Underwood wowed the country music world with her debut. Underwood’s first album “Some Hearts” transformed her from music competition contestant to country star. The album featured some of Underwood’s most known hits like “Jesus Take the Wheel.”
Having first played the Opry in 2005, Underwood returned to the stage to sing a powerful cover of Travis’ song “I Told You So.” It was also one of Underwood’s favorites growing up.
“This next one I’m going to do has always been one of my favorites growing up,” Underwood said during the performance. “It was a song I loved so much by a person I love so much. His name is Randy Travis. This song was pretty big for him, and I’m so glad he let me sing it.”
Randy Travis Surprises Carrie Underwood
They often say never meet your heroes. But whoever said that didn’t realize how cool Randy Travis is. The country legend surprised Underwood on stage. He also had nothing but good things to say.
“That was great. That was wonderful,” Travis said. “I was going to do that song tonight. After hearing that, no way. The first time I heard Carrie’s version of that song, here’s what I said, ‘That song is far better suited for your vocals than mine. That’s a better performance than I’ll ever do of that song. Thank you, I’m honored.'”
But he was there to honor Underwood. On stage, he invited the country singer to join the Opry and their ranks. A few months later, Underwood was inducted officially into the Opry by Garth Brooks.
“The induction award they gave me says ‘Hey, you’re part of the family.’ It means a lot to me because it’s the heart of country music, the church, the sacred place, the super-elite club that says you love this music,” Underwood said, according to the Grand Ole Opry website.
Since then, Underwood has played the stage over a hundred times in her career.