Greg Bates‘ biggest dream came true last week, when he played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in his career. Greg performed his single “Did It For The Girl” for the first time on the historic stage, a song that he co-wrote from his upcoming full-length album due out later this year. The single was the second-most added to country radio this week with 29 adds, behind only superstar Keith Urban.
“I have always dreamed of playing The Opry. Just to stand in that famous circle where so many legends before me have performed was an absolutely amazing experience,” said Bates. “Thank you, Pete for the incredible opportunity.”
The Opry crowd was full of Greg’s family and friends, who came out to support the Nashville native. As a thank you for the support, he dedicated his special song “Brothers” to his brother. Greg wrote the song about his brother.
His first single, “Did It For The Girl,” is available now. Check it out on iTunes here and let us know what you think about Big Machine’s newest artist. He’ll be releasing a full-length album later this year. His album was produced by Jimmy Ritchey. Greg plans to honor his musical heroes with the album, such as Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait.
Check out the pictures below from Greg’s Opry debut:
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Pictured (L-R): Grand Ole Opry GM Pete Fisher, Greg Bates & Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen
Pictured (L-R): Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen, Effusion Entertainment’s Martha Earls, Republic Nashville’s Mark Gray, Greg Bates, Stacy Blythe, Megan Knutson, Kelsey Chandler, Nikki Burns, Producer Jimmy Ritchey, and Effusion Entertainment’s Mike Molinar
(Photos Courtesy of Republic Nashville)