NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Acclaimed Irish modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty made their debut on one of the world’s most prestigious stages, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, on Saturday.  Invited by Grammy-winning country legend Ricky Skaggs, the Gettys shared their signature hymn, “In Christ Alone,” as well as “When Trials Come,” which concluded with a rousing Irish/bluegrass reel featuring Skaggs on mandolin.

Performing during segments hosted by Skaggs on the Opry’s live broadcast, which is seen and heard around the world, Keith & Kristyn Getty were also joined by band members Patrick D’Arcy and Deborah Klemme, as well as acclaimed fiddler Andy Leftwich of Kentucky Thunder.  Saturday’s Opry line-up featured such renowned artists as Patty Loveless, Bill Anderson, The Whites and Crystal Gayle, among others.

Penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, “In Christ Alone” is a modern classic that has been recorded by numerous artists and is sung in churches around the globe.  Keith & Kristyn Getty’s stateside recordings include In Christ Alone, Awaken The Dawn and 2011’s Joy – An Irish Christmas.  They have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades, the GMA Dove Awards, and performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, among other noted platforms and international tours.  The couple’s most recent tour, “Joy – An Irish Christmas,” played to multiple sold-out venues across the country, including Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Photo: Pictured onstage at the Grand Ole Opry (l-r): Patrick D’Arcy, Keith Getty,
Ricky Skaggs, Kristyn Getty (2012 Copyright Grand Ole Opry, Photo: Chris Hollo)