Thursday, September 18, 2008
– Craig Morgan was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Thursday during a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. The evening was a homecoming of sorts for the singer, who was stationed at Ft. Bragg from 1990 to 1992 during his 10-year active duty tenure in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Morgan will be formally inducted into the Opry on Oct. 25.
Opry member John Conlee surprised Morgan by walking on stage during Morgan's performance of Rose Colored Glasses, a song popularized by Conlee in 1978 and almost always on Morgan's set list.
Conlee said, "Craig, where are your rose colored glasses?" to which Morgan shared he must have left them at home. Then Conlee asked if Morgan knew where he was going to be on Oct. 25 and he replied "I don't know." "Well, I happen to know that you're going be on the Opry," said Conlee. "How would you like to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry?" Morgan then proceeded to break down on stage and exclaimed "Oh, God Yes. I do love the Grand Ole Opry. And I gotta tell you, it's cool to be invited right here."
"This was the perfect time and place to invite Craig to become the Opry's newest member," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "Craig consistently displays such a high degree of quality and integrity in all he does, from serving our country, to making great country music, to his frequent performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Whether at a military installation or on the Opry stage, audiences admire his character and love his music. We look forward to welcoming him into the Opry family on Oct. 25th."
Morgan's hits include Almost Home (named "Music Row" Song of the Year in 2003), the chart-topping summer anthem Redneck Yacht Club, and That's What I Love About Sunday, which spent five weeks at number 1 in 2005. Morgan is set to release his fifth CD, "That's Why," on Oct. 21. The first single is Love Remembers.