NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Massachusetts-born singer/songwriter Joel
Crouse grew up listening to all genres of music, but it wasn't until
years later that he realized his favorites all had one similarity--the stories.
It was at that moment, at the ripe age of 14, that Crouse first discovered his
passion for country music. He immersed himself with the lyrics with one goal in
mind: to be heard on the same country radio he grew up listening to. Little did
he know someday one radio program in particular that he loved, Grand Ole Opry
on 650 WSM AM, would feature his voice. Fast-forward to Saturday, May 11,
2013--one move to Nashville and a record deal later--the now-20 year old
country crooner is well on his way having made his debut on the hallowed Grand
Ole Opry stage.
"I was overwhelmed with emotions that I don't even know how to
describe," a demure Crouse reflects. "There's something about the
moment you step on its stage...for me, it was the first time I've truly felt
like a part of the country music community. I'll never forget that
moment."Crouse was joined by his mother, father, sister, grandmother and friends as he
waited side-stage for his name to be called by Opry member Jeannie
. Crouse then performed his self-penned "If You Want Some
his current Top 40 single on Show Dog-Universal Music, and "That's Why God
Made Love Songs."
"I actually received some great advice from Darius [Rucker]
Crouse shares. "He said, 'It'll be surreal' and to take it all in cause
you won't get another first time, and I really took that to heart."Crouse will step from the Opry stage to a Red
stage as he joins Taylor
's Red Tour
beginning May 28 in Glendale, Ariz. at
For more information please visit www.joelcrouse.com.