Published on September 28, 2021

NMMC’s Thorn Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

Heather and Paul backstageHeather Thorn, a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the NMMC-Tupelo Wellness Center for 23 years, recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut with her husband, Paul. While it was the experience of a lifetime, Heather says she is “glad to be back at my day job.”

Heather and Paul, who live in Nettleton and have been married for 22 years, sang “Breaking Up for Good Again” on the Grand Ole Opry stage Sept. 21, as well as at the Americana Music Festival and a few other venues while in Nashville. She and Paul, who is a singer/songwriter, were also guests on WSM’s “Coffee, Country and Cody” radio show.

Although Heather grew up singing in church (“but that was 30 years ago”) and has performed with Paul at charity shows, the Opry was her biggest stage by far. “It was amazing,” she says. “I was very nervous, but the audience was very warm and receptive.” While there, they had the opportunity to meet several Opry regulars and other performers.

“‘Breaking Up for Good Again’ is about relationship troubles, which anyone who has been married for very long has had,” Heather says. “Paul asked me to be a part of it, and it was a privilege and an honor.”

The duet was released on Paul’s new album, "Never Too Late To Call” in August.Heather and Paul at the OpryHeather and Paul on stage

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