Texas Hill will cross another item off of their bucket list in early 2022, when they make their Grand Ole Opry debut as a trio. The group, made up of former The Voice contestants Adam Wakefield and Craig Wayne Boyd, and American Idol alum Casey James announced the exciting news on social media.
“Getting to perform on the [Grand Ole Opry] is a true honor and we couldn’t be more excited to step into the circle for our Opry debut as a trio on January 22nd! Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10 AM! January’s gonna be a big month.”
Getting to perform on the @opry is a true honor and we couldn’t be more excited to step into the circle for our #OpryDebut as a trio on January 22nd! Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10am! January’s gonna be a big month 🤠🤠🤠 pic.twitter.com/hmXOZqxvO5
— TEXAS HILL (@texashill) November 15, 2021
Texas Hill’s Grand Ole Opry debut will take place one day after their first full-length album, Heaven Down Here, is released.
“All three of us were thrust into situations where millions of people made snap judgments on our talent and ability in 90 seconds, and that’s why this project has been so cathartic for us,” Wakefield says of the upcoming project “There are so many things we’re proud of on this record. I think the one I’m most proud of is how diverse and raw it is. At a time where new music coming out of ‘Music City’ can be formatted and predictable, we let the music lead; and it took us to a lot of different places.
“There are elements of blues, R&B, country, southern rock and even Latin influences on this mama-jama,” he adds. “I think there’s something for everyone on here.”
Texas Hill formed in 2020, thanks to an idea Boyd had about the kind of music he wanted to make moving forward.
“I was sitting in my garage thinking about what I wanted to do in my own personal career,” Boyd told Everything Nash. “I felt beat up a little bit, and I just wanted to get back to the love of music. And one of those things for me was singing harmonies and singing in a group. In talking with my wife, who is the brilliant one, she asked who I would want to sing with. And both of these guys are my first choices. This is who I would see if I had my dream vocal group. I like their voices. I’m a fan of both of them, so I called them up.”
Once Boyd reached out to Wakefield and James, the fellow singers quickly latched onto the idea of combining their talents.
“We all saw the benefit of bringing three different audiences together from a touring perspective, but none of us were committed to the band until we sat down and actually started making music together,” James explained to Billboard. “The first day that we really worked up a few songs to test the waters really sealed the deal for us. Hearing our voices blend together was something that got us all excited and, from that point on, we have all been 100% resolved to make it happen.”