Vince Gill Helps Celebrate a Couple’s Engagement Before His Opry Anniversary
Vince Gill celebrates a major milestone this year. The country legend has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. On Saturday (Aug. 13), he performed two shows at the iconic venue with many of his longtime friends and musicians sharing the stage with him in celebration of this honor.
“This is a pretty sweet night,” he said, reminded of his induction 25 years ago on Aug. 10, 1991.
But before his set, he helped a couple have their own magical night when the young man proposed to his girlfriend. Jalyn Cotton shared on Facebook that her boyfriend, Ben, proposed to her during a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry as Gill was in the middle of soundcheck. When Gill noticed Ben on one knee, he invited the couple to join him in the famed circle as he serenaded them.
"I am just still in awe that not only am I going to be marrying my best friend, but one of country music's finest got to be a part of our special day. It was literally a dream come true and an experience we will NEVER forget," Cotton writes on the social site.
Later that evening, Gill shared the stage with family and close friends including Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn, Bill Anderson, Jenny Gill, Paul Franklin and Charlie Worsham. Songs performed included “One More Last Chance,” “When I Call Your Name,” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” among others.
“This evening is filled with people I hold more than dear," Gill said as he opened his set. "They have made my entire life."