Chris Young invited to join the Grand Ole Opry
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Country star Chris Young was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill on Aug. 28, according to The Tennessean.

Chris Young and Vince Gill celebrated the success of their hit  ”Sober Saturday Night” at the Grand Ole Opry House before the show. Young was presented with his first platinum album, signifying that Neon has sold more than one million copies. The single “Sober Saturday Night” earned a gold album for sales of

Gill surprised Young by asking him to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The crowd cheered. Young lifted Gill off the stage, exuberantly giving him a big bear hug.

It has been eleven years since the baritone debuted on the Opry stage. He has played there 78 times since his debut. He will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct 17 and will become a member of a family of more than 60 members. At the age of 32, he will be the youngest among the members.

Becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry has been a dream of Young’s since he was a kid, according to a quote on the Tennessean. Young stated “I love the history of country music. I love the Grand Ole Opry.”

Young will release his seventh album, Losing Sleep, on Oct. 20. The album’s lead single and title track are currently on country radio.

The singer has pledged $100,000 and the proceeds from a GoFundMe page to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.