The country songstress performed two songs during the 7:30 p.m. segment of the show – “Awake” from her new EP that was released in January and “Fight Like A Girl,” the 2016 single that first got her noticed in country music.
“Stepping into the circle before the show was one of the most emotional experiences of my life. In Nashville, you work so hard for all these little successes, then you maybe drink a glass of champagne and move on to the next thing on the to-do list. This was something completely different. It felt like a Friday night, game-winning touchdown to qualify for State,” Kalie said. “There was a Lorrie Morgan quote in my dressing room about her Opry debut that said ‘I thought- this is what I’m doing for the rest of my life’. It really hit me then that all I’ve ever wanted to do was write and sing country music- and here I am, doing it on the most important stage country music has. I’m so thankful to the Opry for this incredible honor and I already can’t wait to do it again.”
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When I first came to Nashville when I was seventeen, I walked out of the airport and the first thing I said was “the air here feels like amazingness and sparkles”. It was a big moment for me. I had never been there before, but it felt like coming home. I knew I was where I was supposed to be and I didn’t have to keep worrying about it. Last night, I stepped into that sacred @opry circle and it felt just like that day almost exactly seven years ago when I first came to this magical city. I love Nashville. I love country music. And I love that I have the opportunity to sing on so many beautiful stages. No offense to the rest of them, but this one was my favorite. #OpryDebut
After her performance, Kalie was joined by Opry member and country music legend Jeannie Seely for “Girl Talk” in the “Welcome To The Family” dressing room where the two went live on the Opry Facebook page to talk about Kalie’s debut.
Kalie will be wrapping up the CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour this week, then will travel to the northeast for a run of solo performances, including a show at the Opry City Stage in New York City at the end of April.
Check out highlights from Kalie’s Grand Ole Opry debut below: