Everyone from Keith Urban to Morgan Wallen popped in to celebrate the “Flower Shops” singer/songwriter’s two sold-out shows at the Mother Church in his hometown of Nashville earlier this week. After amassing over 1 billion artist career streams, ERNEST paid it forward, partnering with MAPCO to present Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with a check for $10,000 on Giving Tuesday.
ERNEST steps onstage at the Ryman for the first of two hometown shows on Nov. 28 and 29, where he performed songs like “Flower Shops,” “This Fire,” “Miss That Girl” and new single “Kiss of Death.”
“What a year we’ve had everybody,” ERNEST, 31, told the crowd. “As a Nashville kid, there is no more sacred ground than standing on the Ryman Auditorium stage. I can’t ever thank everyone who has supported us over the past few years enough. This is an unbelievable feeling to play here tonight.”
In a personal note, ERNEST dedicated the pair of shows to his and wife Delaney Royer’s 2½-year-old son Ryman Saint, whose named was inspired by the Nashville landmark.
Jelly Roll made an appearance to perform his hit “Son of a Sinner,” which he co-wrote with ERNEST.
Audience participation was more than welcome!
Dean Dillon’s feature on “What Have I Got to Lose” came to life on stage with ERNEST.
Close friend Wallen surprised his pal with a plaque as he announced their song “Flower Shops” is now certified double platinum — and the crowd celebrated with a standing ovation.
Grammy nominee Wallen then grabbed a guitar and jumped in, performing “Flower Shops” and “Cowgirls” with ERNEST.