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Vince Gill surprises Chris Young with an invitation to join the Opry, as the Tennessee native works to help with Hurricane Harvey

Chris Hollo/2017 Grand Ole OpryWhen Chris Young arrived at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday evening, he knew he’d be celebrating his latest #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” with his hero Vince Gill. He also suspected he’d be receiving the first platinum album of his career, for his debut, Neon.

But what Chris didn’t know was that Vince had something up his sleeve: an invitation to be the newest member of the Opry.

Even though the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native was marking a career high, his thoughts were still with the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

“I've got a house down there that was right basically where the hurricane landed and just wiped a bunch of stuff out,” he explained. “I have no idea what it looks like. And in the best way possible, I don't really care, because I'm worried about people. Everybody else is OKy that I know, and all of my friends and family are accounted for, and that's kind of the most important thing.”

So far, Chris’s GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $300,000 to help with the aftermath of the tragedy. One-hundred-thousand of that is Chris’s own money, and he plans to do more.

“There's just so much stuff going on right now that people are gonna need help with, not just now, but in the weeks and months to come,” he points out. “And so, I just wanted to do something at least to get a jump on it. I've got other things that I'm already working on, things that are gonna take time when we can actually get down there.”

Chris officially will be inducted into the Opry on Tuesday, October 17, before his seventh album, Losing Sleep, comes out that Friday.

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