GRAMMY-nominated artist T Graham Brown was surprised by Opry member Vince Gill with an invitation to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation came in front of a live SiriusXM studio audience as Brown welcomed Gill as the guest for a taping of his SiriusXM show “Live Wire.” 

After Gill made his invitation, Graham said through tears of joy, “Awww, man. That’s amazing, Vince. Oh my goodness. Please tell me you’re not kidding me. This is the greatest thing. You don’t know what that means to me. I so wanted this; you just don’t know. I’m so proud of the Opry. I’m just so proud to be there every time. I’ve never taken it for granted. It’s just amazing.” 

“They love you,” Gill said. “That’s a special place, and you’ll be a valued part of that place. I didn’t mean to make you cry. Congratulations!” 



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The CMA award-winner who has toured extensively since the early '80s has performed on the Opry more than 300 times. Brown’s signature hits include the bluesy “I Tell It Like It Used To Be,” “Hell And High Water,” “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again,” “Don’t Go To Strangers,” and “Darlene” as well as his gripping “Wine Into Water,” which introduced him to the Christian audiences. “Wine Into Water” has gone on to be recorded by over 100 artists including the legendary Loretta Lynn on her critically acclaimed project, Full Circle.

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