The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.
“Just to be here and be a part of country music history is so awesome. I’m going to get to stand in the circle where legends have stood,” Kristen Kelly said moments before she took the Opry stage for the first time on May 5.
And here’s a name you might want to get to know. She’s currently tied with superstar George Strait for the No. 1 Most Added Song to country radio with her debut single “Ex-Old Man,” just took the Opry stage for her debut on the world-famous show, is headed back this Saturday alongside artists like Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, and Brad Paisley – with whom she’ll be touring as one of three artists on the Virtual Opry Stage starting next week. She’s had quite the couple of weeks, and trust us, she’s noticed it too.
“I can’t thank country radio enough for making this past week of my life a huge week,” Kristen said. “To have my song debut on country radio and be tied with George Strait as the No. 1 Most Added Song, I’m just like that just happened. Being out on the radio tour, I knew that there were several stations that said ‘Yes, we’re going to play this,’ but I don’t think that I really grasped that on the day it was going to hit radio, they were all going to show up like they did and it was going to be such a big deal. I just thought, there are this many stations that say they want to play my music, and eventually they will, and that’s awesome. But I can’t thank radio enough.”
And about that big-name tour she’s headed on? It’s kind of like winning the lottery.
“I am super excited about going on tour with Brad Paisley,” she said. “I feel like I’ve won the lottery, you know? My single hit radio and it did really well, and now I get to play the Opry, and then I get to go on tour with Brad. Life is good for Kristen Kelly right now.”
Among others, she’ll take with her the two songs she performed on the Opry stage, “He Loves To Make Me Cry” and her debut single “Ex-Old Man,” one that has a true story behind the song.
“The song is called ‘Ex-Old Man,’ a song I co-wrote with Paul Overstreet,” Kristen said. “It’s a true story about the fact that I have an ex-husband and an ex-best girlfriend. You know, life happens and it’s okay to say it hurts when it hurts and it’s okay to say it’s great when it’s great. I feel like Paul and I took a not-so-great situation and we wrote a fun song and the crowd definitely reacts to it, and I have a fun time singing it. What else can you ask for?”
Click here for tickets to see Kristen this Saturday, May 12.