Next Stage

Country’s rising sound

Country Music discovery has been part of the Opry for over 95 years, launching the careers of generations of superstars including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, and more.

Hearing that first sound that makes you eager to hear more, or the strum of a chord that you can’t get out of your head, the Opry stage connects you to the best artists across the country music spectrum from the audience, to broadcast radio and television to the digital universe on livestream and socials.

the Class of 2021

Opry NextStage spotlights the most exceptional talent on the forefront of their careers. Explore our class of 2021 talent, their stories and their music as we unveil a new artist every month.

October 2021


Stemming from the UK, Yola’s musical vision has been in the works since she was four years old. Now she brings us her sound that she describes as a “fluid genre,” weaving elements of symphonic soul, mellifluous pope melodies, disco grooves, rootsy rawness, and ecstatic gospel power into a package with instant appeal.

September 2021


There is a new moon over country music. Niko Moon is rising as an adventurous artist, writer, musician and producer. His music and live shows contain an enduring optimism and a not-so-common flair for challenging boundaries.

August 2021

Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson has quickly become one of Nashville’s most buzzed about newcomers thanks to her fiery live show and prolific songwriting. Wilson’s on-stage swagger garners attention and her memorable storytelling makes her a mainstay on countless artists to watch lists.

July 2021

Parker McCollum

Parker is what Rolling Stone calls “a no-holds barred, confessional singer-songwriter who excels at relatable tales.” The Texas native brought us the only debut single to peak at #1 in 2020 with “Pretty Heart.”

June 2021

Hailey Whitters

Hailey creates music on her terms and brings her uniquely modern sound with a nod to the classics after spending more than 10 years in Nashville finding her place in country music.