Sara Evans Jokingly Declines Invitation To Become A Grand Ole Opry Member From Bill Anderson: “No… No Way I Would Say No”

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Soon to be your newest Grand Ole Opry member.

Last night during Opry at the Ryman, Sara Evans was deservingly asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Not just asked but asked by the newly titled longest-serving Opry member, Bill Anderson.

Bill was honored to ask Evans to join the esteemed number of country artists that hold membership to the Opry, as he saw Evans perform in the early years of her career. He recalled seeing her play in a warehouse right before the release of her debut album Three Chords And A Truth because she recorded a cover of his tune “Walk Out Backwards.”

Anderson has been a support of her career from the start, so what a full circle moment for these two.

“It’s a long way from that warehouse to selling out the Ryman.”

Anderson said once he was on stage, gearing up to extend an invitation. He asked Evans two questions. the first being if she would perform her rendition of “Walk Out Backwards.”

“The second question is from me and Lady A, Carly, and a bunch of other people. Would you like to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry?”

Evans begins to grin from ear to ear in disbelief at the words that were just spoken.

After the crowd dies down from cheering so much, Evans gives her response.


She can’t keep a straight face for long as she quickly says she is kidding and would be honored.

“There is no way that I would say no. First of all, I’ve been waiting to be asked to join the Opry for a long time, and it’s always been a dream of mine. 

I am so honored that you’re here to ask me that question.”

She begins getting choked up as she finishes her statement.

“Thank you, it means everything to me.” 

Evans has a roster full of hits since her debut album in 1997… a long-awaited dream come true.

Congratulations, Sara, this is more than deserved.

@ladiesofcountrymusic Congratulations, @Sara Evans on your @Grand Ole Opry invite last night in #nashville! So well deserved! #tennessee #america #countrymusic #country #instagram #womenofcountrymusic #ladiesofcountrymusic #women #music #radio #countryradio #saraevans #sudsinthebucket ♬ original sound – Ladies Of Country Music

Just for fun, check out the cover of “Walk Out Backwards” from her debut album.

She made Bill Anderson proud with this one.

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