Bentley will have a special guest at the ACM Awards: Kayla Sloan, a West Virginia Walmart employee who recently created a social media buzz after a customer uploaded cellphone video of the cashier crooning Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors.” Sloan was featured on ABC's “World News with Diane Sawyer” and then Anderson Cooper's “Anderson Live!,” and Bentley called into the latter to invite the aspiring singer to the ACMs.
“Someone turned me on to a YouTube clip of her ... and she's just got a great like traditional country voice and knows all the Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and old Reba stuff. Neat voice,” he said of Sloan, who performed last month at the Grand Ole Opry. “So, one of my team had the idea to call her up and invite her out to the ACMs and kind of experience that whole world. So she's coming out.
“It's kind of cool to help make someone's dreams come true,” he added. “That's really what it's all about. I think you're reminded more the longer you do it. You know, it all comes down to fans. It's all about the fact that they come out and they buy your record and come out to your show and scream for you. That's what makes this whole worthwhile and fun and gives us the life we have. I never forget that and I'm always appreciative of that.”