The Grand Ole Opry has announced its initial artists for its Opry NextStage Class of 2022: Elvie Shane (May), Morgan Wade (June) and Breland (July). More artists are set to be announced throughout the year.
The artist discovery program spotlights country’s rising talent and highlights one artist per month with featured original content, an Opry performance, and support across the Opry Entertainment platforms, including the Opry, the Ryman, WSM Radio, Ole Red and Circle Network.
“My Boy” singer Elvie Shane made his Grand Ole Opry debut just over a year ago and will return to the Opry stage May 7 to mark his inclusion in the NextStage Class of 2022.
“The Opry has been at the forefront of keeping country music alive and well since its inception,” says Shane. “I came from a place both literally and musically built on the same values and experiences. To be recognized by the country music congregation that is the Opry is a huge honor.”
The program has cemented a strong track record in just three short years, featuring budding artists such as Parker McCollum, Lainey Wilson, Riley Green and Tenille Townes, who all went on to earn ACM New Male and Female Artist of the Year trophies following their Opry NextStage debuts.
“Opry NextStage truly represents the depth of country music and the future of the genre, and you’ll see that reflected in the composition of this year’s class—starting with these first three extremely talented artists who all come with their own unique artistry, perspectives, and backgrounds,” says Jordan Pettit, Director of Artist Relations & Programming Strategy for Opry Entertainment Group. “We are so excited to invest in this next generation of Opry performers who will help to shape the future of country music and the Opry for many years to come.”