Opry Entertainment Group and the Grand Ole Opry yesterday (1/6) announced that Iowa-born, Nashville-based country artist Hailey Whitters is 2021’s inaugural Opry NextStage artist. The Opry NextStage platform was created to invest in the discovery and development of new artists, and features collaborations such as live performances, strategic marketing support and short-form documentary-style storytelling created by Opry Entertainment’s award-winning content team.

“The Grand Ole Opry is a holy place to me. Its story and circle are something I’ve dreamt of being a part of ever since I was a little girl,” shared Whitters. “To be named an Opry NextStage Artist is an honor and comes at a time in my career where their investment in my career makes a difference.”

Whitters made her Opry debut in 2019 and is set to return this Saturday, June 5th, at 8 p.m. CT. Her performance will be included on Circle Network’s weekly Opry Live broadcast and livestream.

WATCH THE JOURNEY WITH HAILEY WHITTERS PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZcFq786ew (60 second clip)

Last month, Whitters earned her first-ever CMT Music Awards nomination in the “Breakthrough Video of the Year” category for “Fillin’ My Cup” (feat. Little Big Town) from her critically-acclaimed deluxe album LIVING THE DREAM. The 2021 CMT Music Awards broadcast airs in the USA on Wednesday, June 9th at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT, with a five-channel simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

Whitters also announced she will return to the road later this year to support Midland on THE LAST RESORT TOUR. The tour kicks off on October 7th in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Nashville, Chicago, Boston, New York and more. Additionally, Whitters will also be performing at Windy City Smokeout, Tortuga Music Festival, and the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival this year. Find a full list of tour dates at HaileyWhitters.com.