Republic Nashville artist Sunny Sweeney has reason to celebrate this week after playing her 30th show at the Grand Ole Opry since her 2007 debut on Saturday night. Each performance is still a big moment for the Texan singer, who, over her career, has opened up for acts like Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Darius Rucker. She wrapped up a headlining spot earlier this month on the Country Throwdown Tour. Sunny explains why each Opry night is still so special to her:
“I love, love, love to play The Grand Ole Opry!! Every time I play there it feels like the first time and I cannot get enough of being there. I’m in awe of its history and how gracious all the members are to new, young artists like myself. This time, Larry Gatlin introduced us and we had a blast!!” said Sweeney.
Sunny is busy writing and working on her follow-up to her 2011 album “Concrete.” The singer-songwriter penned 10 of the 11 tracks on “Concrete,” which included the highest debut for a female country solo artist since Taylor Swift for “From A Table Away.” Sunny will be having a busy summer ahead of her, with festival dates opening for superstars Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and many more of today’s hottest country acts.
Check out the picture below of Sunny raising a glass for the occasion after her 30th Opry performance below. As always, click the image to see it full-sized.
(L-R) are: Fitzgerald-Hartley manager Steve Emley, Grand Ole Opry VP & General Manager Pete Fisher, Sweeney and Grand Ole Opry Group President Steve Buchanan. Photo Courtesy of Fitzgerald-Hartley.