November 2, 2011 - Guy Penrod brings his brand new Country single, "More Power To Ya" directly to Country fans at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, November 11. The Veteran's Day performance is his debut appearance at the Opry as a solo artist; he will be accompanied by musicians Jason Ahlbrandt and Jonathan Crone along with the Opry Band. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. (CT), and will be held at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, known worldwide as "The Mother Church of CountryMusic." Fans can also listen online at www.wsmonline.com.
The evening is an important one for Guy, who shares the bill with one of his Country music heroes, Charley Pride. "I've got his GREATEST HITS CD playing in my truck right now," Penrod says. It is also Veteran's Day, and Guy understands what an important day that is for those who have served our nation. "My Dad was an Air Force veteran who served in Korea," Penrod states. "He has a military marker at his grave, and I have the flag from his funeral hanging in my home. We need to salute not only those who have served, but those who continue to protect and defend the United States of America."
Penrod, who rose to fame as the powerhouse lead vocalist for The Gaither Vocal Band, was raised in West Texas and, while his local radio station didn't carry the Opry, there was plenty of good Country music to be heard. "I grew up listening to some great artists," Guy says. "Pride, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, George Jones and Tammy Wynette ruled the airwaves then, and their music is just as impactful today. I am proud to follow in their footsteps at The Ryman."
Guy's debut solo CD, BREATHE DEEP, was released worldwide in 2010. The best-selling disc generated critical acclaim and earned Guy a Dove Award nomination, chart success and recognition as a stand-alone artist. BREATHE DEEP was the biggest-selling New Southern Gospel album of 2010. He recently entertained the sold-out crowd at the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Show where he was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. Penrod has performed over 170 shows on his "Breathe Deep Tour" in 2010-2011, including three days as part of Dollywood's Gospel Celebration and various stages around the world.
In November, Guy returns to the studio to begin work on a new CD. The upcoming HYMNS disc has generated an early buzz within the industry and among his fans. He will continue to record through December, and in January heads out on the First Annual Snowbird Tour of Florida.
ABOUT GUY PENROD
During his 14-year tenure with The Gaither Vocal Band, Guy logged over 3,000 hours of television airtime and generated CD/DVD sales of over 20,000,000 units. With The GVB, Guy won four Dove Awards and one Grammy; performed at legendary venues, including: Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center; Sydney Opera House and more. Penrod has performed in front of more than six million fans and appeared onstage in Germany, Norway, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Israel, South Africa and Australia. He was inducted in to the Texas Gospel Hall of Fame in 2011. Guy and his wife Angie have eight children and they live just south of Nashville, TN.