Oliver Anthony graced the renowned Opry Circle for the very first time on December 16, 2023.
Emerging as an unexpected yet significant force in country music throughout the year, this singer-songwriter, born Christopher Anthony Lunsford, captured widespread attention earlier in the year when a video of his performance of the original track “Rich Men North of Richmond” went viral, propelling him to overnight stardom. The song quickly racked up over 100 million views on YouTube and nearly 130 million streams on Spotify.
In a groundbreaking achievement, Oliver Anthony etched his name in music history by accomplishing a feat no other artist had before – debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts without any prior chart presence. His hit single “Rich Men North of Richmond” claimed the top spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.