Country artist Mark Wills will be the newest addition to the Grand Ole Opry. Wills was invited by Vince Gill to join the Opry during his performance on December 21.

Gill surprised Wills with the invitation, saying, “We at the Opry would like to ask you to become the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. This boy has been the greatest supporter and proponent of what the Opry stands for.” Upon hearing the news, Wills dropped to his knees and said emotionally, “I would love to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Wills formal Opry induction will take place on January 11th.  He has earned eight Top 10 hits since launching his career in 1996, including “19 Something,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Don’t Laugh at Me.”

Mark Wills Invited To Join Grand Ole Opry


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