When he appeared on the Opry recently with buddy Vince Gill, Gill informed Mark Wills he would become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry

Wills's self-titled debut album spawned a strong lead single "Jacob's Ladder" that reached number 6 in May of 1996. His second album, Wish You Were Here, would be his only album to go platinum with the help two singles that reached number 2 on the country charts, "I Do (Cherish You)" and "Don't Laugh at Me". Another song off the album, "She's in Love" reached the top 10.

He won the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Male Vocalist" award in 1998.

Pop boy band 98 Degrees covered "I Do (Cherish You)" and took it all the way to number 4 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The title track "Wish You Were Here" would become Wills's first number one hit in 1999. Wills scored another top five hit with a cover of R & B singer Brian McKnight's "Back at One" in 2000.

Wills would have the biggest hit of his career in 2002 with "19 Something". It topped the country charts for six weeks.

The Cleveland, Tennessee native will be inducted this Friday night (1/11).

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