Oklahoma Opry Vocalists

A road trip to Nashville or Branson isn’t necessary to hear live country or gospel music. The Oklahoma Opry features a regular line-up of talented performers and one of the singers just might be your neighbor.

Recently renovated, the Opry, located at 404 W. Commerce in Oklahoma City, seats an audience of 750 and offers several shows each month. Four Edmond residents perform there on a regular basis.

Natalie Reed has been singing at the Opry since 2002. After singing along during several visits, a staff member suggested she audition. Natalie was already working with a voice coach, so she decided to try out and was selected to appear in the show.

Natalie loves “power ballads” and according to Fran Waggoner, administrative manager at the Opry, the audience loves Natalie’s ballads.

“The audience gets involved with her singing and she is very well liked,” Waggoner said.

One of Natalie’s favorite performance numbers is “Where Your Road Leads,” a song made famous as a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks. Natalie has adapted it to be a solo. She performed the song at the annual awards show when she was named the Opry’s Best Female Vocalist of the Year.

Natalie performs every chance she gets and is currently working on writing and recording new material.

During the week, she works as a teacher’s assistant for special education classes in first through third grade at Northern Hills Elementary. She is also a student at Oklahoma City Community College. The Edmond North graduate is taking time to craft her song writing before she moves to Nashville.

“I’ll see where God takes me,” she said. “I feel like