Jon Pardi was surprised on Friday night (4/29) when he was playing Stagecoach in his native California. His friend Guy Fieri directed him and the attention of his thousands of cheering fans to a video. The video was of Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson officially inviting the California native to become the newest member of the Opry.
Jon said after the invitation from the stage, “I moved to Nashville chasing a dream at 22 years old, and now I’m here. I love you guys, and I love country music. Thank you, everybody. This is an amazing night. I’ll never forget it.” He added, “I always wondered how this might happen if it was going to. I never imagined anything this great. That was incredible.”
Dan Rogers, Opry executive producer, told the crowd after he sat the Opry mic stand down in front of Pardi, “That mic stand represents the future of country music as well as its incredible history. This night will go down in history, too, both because Jon is the first artist invited to join the Opry on this stage and because he’s the first native Californian to get that call. What a great night!”
Rogers added backstage, “For nearly a decade now, Jon Pardi has been adding something great to the show every single time he plays the Opry. For personally, I’ll never forget the big sounds he brought to the Opry stage during the pandemic. And the way he connected with audiences around the world via our live stream. I have no doubt there are good times ahead for all of us with Jon as a future Opry member.” An official induction date will be announced soon.