Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographer
NASHVILLE, TN (August 2, 2021) – At just 17 years old, Nashville’s most talked about new artist CALLISTA CLARK took the stage for her Grand Ole Opry debut. On Friday night (7/30), the rising young entertainer fulfilled a lifelong dream as she stepped inside the iconic wooden circle and received a heartwarming welcome from the genre’s most faithful audience.
“The Grand Ole Opry has always been a dream venue for me to play,” Callista shared. ”There is no feeling on earth like stepping onto that stage for the first time! It was truly amazing.”
Opening her set with the title track of her debut collection “Real To Me,” Callista flexes her heart-in-throat vocal delivery with the poignant and relatable melody before wrapping with the song she says has changed her life – “It’s ‘Cause I Am.” Her fast-rising debut single has been embraced by Country radio, making Callista the most successful new artist debut of 2021 and the audience seemed to echo that sentiment.
Coming off of a whirlwind few months since the release of Real To Me, the Georgia native shows no signs of slowing down as Rolling Stone exclusively announced today she will be joining Mult-platinum entertainer Chris Young on his “Famous Friends Tour 2021” this Fall. Tickets are on-sale beginning Friday, August 6 at chrisyoungcountry.com.
Blending her love for authentic, timeless classics with the sounds of her Georgia roots, Callista “arrives with confidence and verve” (Billboard) on her debut collection. Gearing up for the release, she collaborated with many of Country music’s leading songwriters and the proof that she can hold her own among Nashville’s most prominent is evident as she was recently named the next iHeartCountry On The Verge Artist. Callista recently performed “It’s ‘Cause I Am” for the first time on national television during a Live with Kelly & Ryan . Her inspiring videos with which Scooter Braun (SB Projects) and Scott Borchetta (Big Machine Label Group) took notice, have amassed over 130 million views across all socials + YouTube. Follow along with Callista’s journey on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.