The multi-GRAMMY®-nominated Dove Award-winning The Isaacs, members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, were surprised on stage at the Grand Ole Opry tonight by Opry member Ricky Skaggs with an invitation to become official Opry members. The group will be formally inducted into the Opry family on Tuesday, September 14.This Friday, August 13, The Isaacs release their new album The American Face.
Isaacs members Becky, Ben, Lily, and Sonya were marking the release of their new album The American Face when Skaggs approached them on stage with framed artwork of the album. Reading an inscription in the framed material, Skaggs said, “PRESENTED TO THE ISAACS ON AUGUST 10, 2021 TO COMMEMORATE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW ALBUM ‘THE AMERICAN FACE’ AND TO CELEBRATE YOUR INVITATION TO BECOME OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY.” Then he followed with, “Do you say yes?”
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“Yes, of course we will marry you!,” Sonya said laughing. “I’m crying my lashes off. I’m celebrating 50 years of singing and performing music. This is the American dream,” shared Mom Lily to which Ben exclaimed, “I’m shaking so bad I can hardly talk but I’m crying my lashes off too.” And Becky closed with, “We will take the Opry everywhere we go and hope to make them proud.” The group then performed the title track off their new album.
“The Isaacs are musical treasures. They are family,” said Opry Vice President and Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “I think, ‘man, is our audience lucky tonight’ every single time they take our stage. We’re honored they love the Opry like they do, and I am excited about the prospect of them delivering their powerful songs from the Opry circle for years to come.”
ABOUT THE ISAACS:
The Isaacs, the multi-GRAMMY®-nominated family group with roots dating back to 1971, began in part with matriarch Lily Isaacs, who spent time as a folk singer recording for Columbia Records. Her three children Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, and Becky Isaacs Bowman join her in one of the most vocally compelling groups to hit the stage in many years. As 2020 Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees, this band of masterful vocalists, acoustic instrumentalists and hit songwriters offers a unique style that only family harmonies can create. Add to that their contemporary style and you have a group that appeals to a wide-ranging audience. Their remarkable sound has led to invitations from high-profile contemporaries, including Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, John Rich, Paul Simon and many more, to sing on numerous albums and stages. Additionally, The Isaacs are one of the most requested to sing America’s National Anthem at events ranging from professional sporting events to Presidential rallies and many other special occasions. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music such as country, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, contemporary, acoustic and gospel. Drawing from these influences, The Isaacs released their new album, The American Face, on August 13 via their House of Isaacs label. The American Face is a 12-song secular collection split between new material like the title track, released on July 2 as the lead single, and covers of classics like “More Than Words” by Extreme, “You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago, “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles and “Forever and For Always” by Shania Twain. A portion of proceeds from the album benefits The Bridge Ministry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Nashville, which exists to alleviate the suffering of underprivileged children, the homeless and the working poor by providing life-sustaining resources and a message of hope. Since 2018, the Isaacs, first line descendants of Holocaust survivors, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to bless Israel, specifically Holocaust Survivors, Israeli Defense “Lone” Soldiers, and orphans through their non-profit organization, The Isaacs Foundation. The Isaacs are frequent guests on the Grand Ole Opry, active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and perform over 100 dates a year to welcoming fans throughout the world. Having performed at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, The Isaacs have also entertained fans at CMA Fest and on the “CMA Country Christmas” special. The award-winning group has also performed on and been nominated for the GMA Dove Awards where they have earned seven trophies. Other award shows include the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, the National Quartet Convention Awards and the Inspirational Christian Country Awards. Two of their recent projects, executive produced by NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, received consecutive GRAMMY® nominations for Best Roots Gospel Album as well as a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Song. The Isaacs feel blessed to be able to travel and spread the message of hope and grace through song and story. On Friday, August 13, The Isaacs will release The American Face, “a creative departure for the award-winning family band (Deborah Evans Price, Sounds Like Nashville),” across all music platforms.
ABOUT THE GRAND OLE OPRY:
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