Multi-platinum selling artist Mark Wills was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. His good friend and fellow member, Craig Morgan, officially welcomed him and handed him the Opry trophy on stage. And to perform his first official song as a member, he changed into a black, sparkly jacket that he borrowed from the closet of the late George Jones. Opry legend Jeannie Seely introduced him on stage, just as she had done for his debut appearance in 1997.
Mark said, ” I can honestly tell you I don’t think I would have appreciated this as much in the late nineties as I do in 2019. I’ve seen how this is truly a family. I’ve seen how we support each other. And when somebody’s sick, we rally around them or when somebody needs something. When Vince Gill can’t sing, and he looks at me and says ‘come sing for me’… it’s a family. And I think I appreciate it more now than I would have then. Much more appreciative.”
Mark Wills’ first hit was “Jacob’s Ladder” in 1996 and his song “19 Somethin'” was a six week number one hit in 2003.