Country’s rising sound
Opry NextStage brings up-and-coming artists — ones with stories to tell and music that needs to be heard — into the spotlight in a way that only the Grand Ole Opry can. Discover your favorite new artists through live performances, digital, radio, and television broadcasts. Years from now, you’ll be able to tell your friends that you’ve been a fan since the beginning.
the Class of 2022
Opry NextStage spotlights exceptional artists who are on the brink of the next chapter of their music career. Discover a new artist every month while we explore their music, journey and how they make they’re making their mark in country music.
This is the place to find the new era of country music.
Morgan Wade didn’t start writing music to become part of the NextStage Class of 2022. She started writing music to reach kids like her — misfits, rebels, Elvis Presley fans. Her raw and painstaking lyrics paired with her gritty vocals and unapologetic attitude have taken her from performing with a band built on Craigslist to playing center-stage at the Opry. The wide-eyed singer has had what The Boot and Taste of Country called a “once-in-a-decade debut.”
According to Billboard, Elvie Shane is “making the case for a new mainstay in country music.” The small-town Kentucky native’s picture-based lyrics, electric personality, and groovy southern-rock sound has landed him the opening slot for top country artists like Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn and Lady A. And he’s just getting started.