PRESTONSBURG – Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry’s special guest during the upcoming weekend will be former star and vocalist Laura Ford Hall. Hall was picked by Billie Jean Osborne to become a member of the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros in the 1990s and quickly rose to the Kentucky Opry in just a few seasons. She is known for her powerful operatic singing style, but she can also be very versatile, as shown in the past in the various medleys the Kentucky Opry has performed.
Hall states she was thrilled when she got the call to be a part of this summer’s guest series.
“I am so honored to have been asked to be a special guest at the Kentucky Opry,” Hall said. “The memories that I have from my years with the organization are some of the most cherished of my life thus far.”
“I will be singing ‘I Will Always Love You,’ which was the first song I sang with the Jr. Pros in 1992,” Hall stated. “And Celine Dion’s ‘The Power of Love,’ which was the last song I sang with the group in 2006.”
Hall says she can’t be thankful enough to Miss Billie.
“She changed my life in such a positive way,” Hall confided. “I tried to tell her so many times, but I don’t think she truly realized the difference she made in my life. I was one of so many kids that felt this way.”
This weekend’s show will be Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
The Opry will have special guests this summer for select shows. These will include past stars from the organization, as well as local favorite vocalists and musicians.
Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry was formed in 1990. It consists of talented vocalists and musicians who call Eastern Kentucky home. For more information and tickets go to www.macarts.com or call 888-MAC-ARTS. Prices range from $10-$13. The show runs every Saturday through August 6 with a special Labor Day show on September 3.