Watch ERNEST debut at Opry, play “Flower Shops” with Morgan Wallen
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter ERNEST made his Grand Olé Opry starts on Saturday January 8.
Joined by house band Opry, the burgeoning country singer and artist of 2022 Music Mayhem To Watch kicked off the monumental evening with his song “American Rust”.
“Thank you all,” ERNEST said before welcoming his longtime friend and collaborator Morgan Wallen to the stage.
“Well, do you all care if we play you a song?” I released this song last week, we did it together. It’s called ‘Flower Shops’, it’s my first single on country radio, ”added ERNEST.
The Nashville native was later joined by Wallen, who made his Opry debut in July 2017, to perform “Flower Shops”. The song is ERNEST’s first single on country radio and was written by ERNEST alongside Ben Burgess and Mark Holman.
Watch their performance of “Flower Shops” below.
Rising country star Tyler Braden also made his Opry debut earlier in the series.
Henry Cho, Jeannie Seely, Riders In The Sky, Matthew West, Connie Smith, The Frontman of Country and Opry Square Dancers also appeared on Saturday’s Opry show.
Produced by Joey Moi, “Flower Shops” was released on New Years Eve (December 31).
“‘Flower Shops’ is a song that is neither too written nor too complicated,” ERNEST explained in a press release. “It’s a sad song with a wink; an honest song about spoiling a good thing and lacking in forgiveness. I wrote it with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman after playing a kick in a George Jones / sad Country song. “
ERNEST continued, “I didn’t have a hard time going because I know very well what it’s like to run out of excuses, and even though the flowers are never going to fix it, it’s pretty much. nearly all you can do sometimes. This is one of my favorite songs, if not my favorite song, that I have written to date. The response on social media and from fans has been incredible, especially for being an unreleased song so far. I’m excited he’s out in the world and even more excited to have one of my best friends Morgan ride on it and sing it with me. I’m a big fan of country music by being honest no matter what the tone. And it’s as honest as it gets.
– Grand Ole Opry (@opry) January 9, 2022
His debut at Opry comes days after another defining moment in his career, when he first heard himself on radio.
Although he was used to hearing songs he wrote on country radio, having written a handful of hits, including “More Than My Hometown” by Wallen, “I Love My Country” by Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt’s’ 90s’ Breaking Up Was Easy in ‘, Chris Lane’s’ Big, Big Plans’ and more, he got a new kind of excitement when he hit the 103.3 WKDF of Nashville.
He documented the unforgettable moment on Instagram with a video, which he captioned, “crazy.”
The clip finds the singer / songwriter all smiles as he listens and sings along with the track. During the clip, he says “Hello Radio” before shouting happily “Let’s go!” “
“Flower Shops” is set to make an impact on country radio on January 24.
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