Chris Young was surprised during his Grand Ole Opry performance Tuesday night (Aug. 29) by Vince Gill with an invitation to become an official Opry member.
The invite came prior to Chris’ performance of his chart-topping single, “Sober Saturday Night,” which features Vince. Chris’ formal induction will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, just days before the release of his seventh album, Losing Sleep.
Before extending the invite, Vince joked that he’d never been paid for his work on the “Sober Saturday Night” session. “I’ll make you a deal,” Vince said. “I’ll forgive the session fees if you’ll be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Accepting the invitation to a standing ovation, Chris told Vince, “You’re getting triple scale at this point! Dang, you got me good! I love you guys. I love everybody here. I love this place.”
“As a friend and someone that’s been out here for 30 years, you will not believe the friendships, the relationships, and the heart that you will gain from being out here for the rest of your life,” Vince added. “It’s going to be really powerful to you, so congratulations.”
Earlier in the evening, Chris and Vince celebrated the chart-topping success of “Sober Saturday Night” with songwriters Brad Warren and Brett Warren inside Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry House. “Sober Saturday Night” marks the ninth No. 1 for Chris as an artist.
Watch Vince surprise Chris with an invitation to join the Opry below.
photos courtesy the Grand Ole Opry