Opry NextStage celebrates a ‘vibrant, diverse future’ in country music

Ninety-seven years into its history and the Grand Ole Opry — via its groundbreaking NextStage program — is three years into ensuring that country music’s future continues to expand the idea that the genre is accessible enough to be enjoyed by all.

“The Opry is trying to offer country music credibility to bold artists with unique backgrounds and life experiences whose originality comes to the forefront under the spotlight,” said Jordan Pettit, the Director of Artist Relations and Programming Strategy for Opry Entertainment Group.

“We’re attempting to speak to a broader array of audiences about [country music’s] vibrant, diverse future across the Opry Entertainment Suite brands.”

These brands count WSM 650 AM, the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium among a dozen national holdings. 

So far, three artists: BRELAND, Elvie Shane and Morgan Wade, have been named for the 2022 iteration of Opry NextStage. They’re joining an already impressive crew of 11 previous NextStage performers who are now on the cusp of achieving dynamic success.

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