Frankie Ballard Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Today, Jan. 7, Frankie Ballard will perform at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. "I’m totally humbled by the invite to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time," Ballard says. “The opportunity to make my debut at the Ryman, on a stage where so many great country stars once played, is enough to make my knees knock a little!”
Ballard's career as a country artist was jumpstarted by Kenny Chesney after he won Chesney's regional singing competition, 'Next Big Star.' From that point, the Battle Creek, Mich. native was invited to open for Chesney at several of his Michigan shows. He signed to Reprise Records in Nashville in 2010 and soon found himself in the recording studio.
Ballard's single 'Tell Me You Get Lonely' has been a major breakthrough for the young guitarist and singer. The mid-tempo song debuted at No. 59 on Billboard's hot country charts, and has continued to climb at a steady pace. His upcoming album is being produced by Michael Knox, who has produced albums for well known chart-toppers like Jason Aldean.
Fans were able to share in Ballard's excitement over his Grand Ole Opry debut as he tweeted, "Holy s---! I am makin' my debut at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night! And the best part is ... It's at the Ryman. Thank ya Jesus!" Ballard will be joined on stage by fellow musicians Rodney Atkins, Chris Young and Dailey and Vincent.