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SONGSTRESS CAITLYN SMITH MAKES GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT AT THE HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM
Tenn. – Singer/songwriter Caitlyn Smith made her Grand Ole Opry debut
to an emotional full house at the Historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday,
Nov. 5. The “bucket list moment” was one Smith had dreamed of since
she began her musical career as a young teen, choosing to use her
college fund to finance her first album in <<YEAR>>. In the
audience, Smith’s father watched his daughter, along with her husband
Rollie Gaalswyk on guitar and producer Paul Moak on bass, make her debut
on the stage where so many of Smith’s idols have stood before her.
have visited Nashville many, many times over the years, but this is our
first show at the Opry,” noted Smith’s father, XX. “Caitlyn has always
wanted our first Opry experience to be her Opry debut, because she knew
she would be on this stage one day.”
The “virtuoso vocalist capable of torch, twang and a whisper-to-a-scream range” (Rolling Stone Country) delivered a passionate performance featuring two of the released tracks from her upcoming album Starfire:“Before
You Called Me Baby” (co-writen by Matt Jenkins and Smith) and “Tacoma”
(co-written by Smith and Bob DiPiero). The energetic audience of more
than 1,500 folks applauded Smith as she exited the stage after the first
of two performances on Saturday. The evening’s host and Country Music
Hall of Famer, Connie Smith, commended Caitlyn saying, “She’s a good
songwriter, but a great singer.” A flattering compliment considering
Dolly Parton once said of Connie, “There’s only three females singers in
the world: Streisand, Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The rest of us are
was an absolute dream come true to step onto the Ryman stage AND make
my debut at the Grand Ole Opry on the same night,” said Caitlyn Smith.
“There’s something holy about that place and you can feel it in the air.
A night I will never forget for the rest of my life.”
was recently inducted into the 2016 class of CMT’s Next Women of
Country, which has included Brandy Clark, Sheryl Crow and Kacey
Musgraves in past years. Smith’s songwriting credits include Hot AC No. 1
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (Meghan Trainor and John Legend) and the
RIAA-Certified Platinum song, “Wasting All These Tears” (Cassadee Pope).
She’s received cuts by Nashville icons including Garth Brooks, Dolly
Parton, Kenny Rogers and more. Since releasing five tracks from her
upcoming album Starfire, Smith has garnered more than 5 million
streams on Spotify and has been tapped by Bobby Bones to tour with the
Raging Idiots this fall.
Photo Credit: Chris Hollo
Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry