One of country music’s best-loved singers of recent decades, Trisha Yearwood, is to celebrate her 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with an appearance at the famous venue and radio programme on 12 March.
The artist, known for such No. 1 hits as ‘She’s In Love With The Boy,’ ‘XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)’ and ‘Thinkin’ About You,’ was inducted into the Opry on 13 March 1999 by one of the greatest names in country history, the late Porter Wagoner.
Among her many accomplishments, Yearwood regards being a member of the Opry as one of the most significant achievements of her career. In the Opry Family Album, she confides: “My mother came here on her senior class trip from South Georgia. She wrote in her diary about seeing Hank Snow, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and all those people.
“When I was inducted as a member of the Opry in 1999, she brought her diary and got Hank Snow to sign it. So it’s not only about me, it’s also about my whole family.”
Along with Yearwood, the Opry concert of 12 March is due to feature other such notable Nashville stars as Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and the most recent inductee of the famed institution, Mark Wills.
Yearwood’s last studio album of new material, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, was released by Big Machine as long ago as 2007. In 2016, she released the holiday album Christmas Together with her husband, Garth Brooks, and last December brought a new solo album, the Frank Sinatra tribute Let’s Be Frank.
In recent years, the singer has focused more on her culinary interests, writing three cookbooks, two of which hit the New York Times bestseller charts; since 2012, she has also been the host of the Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, which in 2013 won a Daytime Emmy Award, along with another series on the network, The Best Thing I Ever Made, for Outstanding Culinary Programme. She also has the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection of furnishings and accessories in many stores across the US.