Do you remember what you were doing 10 years ago? Luke Bryan made his debut with the Top 5 single, “All My Friends Say,” Kenny Chesney spent five weeks at No. 1 with “Never Wanted Nothing More,” the Dixie Chicks won three Grammy Awards, the Eagles released their seventh album, “Long Road Out of Eden,” which topped both mainstream and country charts and sold more than seven million copies and George Strait released “22 More Hits,” and still his hits kept on coming.
It was a really big year for Carrie Underwood, too. She scored a No. 1 hit with “Wasted,” from her debut album, “Some Hearts,” then released her sophomore album, “Carnival Ride,” and grabbed another chart-topper with “So Small.”
Monster milestones, for sure, but before all of that, she reached an even bigger milestone.
Carrie shared a Grand Ole Opry post on her Instagram page on March 15 and reminded us that, in March of 2007, she was invited to become a member of the iconic Opry.
“This makes me cry every single time,” she writes. “Thank you for welcoming me into the family 10 years ago. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤”
Taking the Opry stage that day a decade ago, Carrie performed what would be the follow-up No. 1 to “So Small.” As she was graciously accepting the Opry audience’s applause, one of her musical heroes, Randy Travis, snuck up behind the Oklahoma country star, obviously surprising her.
“I thought they were standing up for me,” she commented about the crowd’s ovation.
Randy explained that he was asked by Opry management to ask Carrie if she would like to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. She jokingly replied, “Let me think” before her eyes began watering and she leaned into Randy, tears spilling over.
Afterward, Carrie posed backstage for pictures with Randy and the now late Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens. She also said, “It’s what we used to watch when I was little, and where I learned about the past and the present and newcomers coming in singing, and it’s just something that’s been a huge part of country music. And it’s wonderful to think that I’m going to be part of it, an official part of it, not just showing up and singing every once in a while.”
Carrie was officially inducted in May of 2007 by fellow Okie Garth Brooks and then Opry general manager Pete Fisher.
Of course, Carrie’s star has continued to soar and shines even brighter now than it did in 2007, and the future continues to look amazing for the sweet little girl from Oklahoma whose dreams were just beginning when she won “American Idol” in 2005.