(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013) The Grand Ole Opry brought in some of country and Gospel’s leading ladies for their annual event, “Opry Goes Pink.” This is a yearly tradition for the Grand Ole Opry between WSM radio show and Women Rock For The Cure. The Grand Ole Opry had country singer LeAnn Rimes open the show where they revealed their signature barn backdrop had been colored pink to promote breast cancer awareness instead of its usual red.
This was a special night for many of the performers such as Gospel singer Mandisa who told Billboard magazine that she had personal reasons for attending the event, “I have a friend who is battling breast cancer, so coming together with Women Rock meant a lot to me.” Christian and Gospel artist Natalie Grant also felt the event to be very meaningful. She stated, “I’m thrilled to represent Christian and gospel music here tonight, especially on a night like this, where it’s all about hope and healing. I feel like the kind of music I make is all about hope and healing, so I feel it’s a perfect match.”
Performer Jessi Pruett was the honorary young survivor of breast cancer. Pruett is a seven-year cancer survivor who was diagnosed eight years ago. She said she was overjoyed to be a part of the Grand Ole Opry and that being involved with Women Rock For The Cure for the past three years has been quite the blessing for her. She said, “It’s such an amazing and life changing experience, and that’s why I wanted to be here tonight, to support them. Being a young breast cancer survivor, there are different issues that you face, and finding someone to talk to that understands what you are going through can be a challenge.” Pruett’s experience and perseverance did not go unnoticed by LeAnne Rimes who called the night her own wake-up call.