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August 13, 2008 12:00 AM

Nashville Star winner Melissa Lawson is about to reach a milestone on the road to country music stardom. The mother of five boys from Arlington, Texas, will debut at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday Aug. 16.

“Since I was 17 years old, I have been performing on the Opry circuit in Texas,” Lawson said in a statement. “To be acknowledged by the Grand Ole Opry and asked to perform is such an honor.”

Lawson, who won a Toyota pickup truck (she gave it to her husband Rick) and a recording contract when she was named winner of Nashville Star on Aug. 4, released the single “What If It All Goes Right” the next day. The song landed in the top spot on the iTunes country chart and hit Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs Chart at No. 49 this week.

“This is more than I could have ever hoped for,” said Lawson, who also performed on the Today show at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, as part of her prize.

Lawson’s Opry performance Saturday will be carried live on GAC’s Opry Live! (8 p.m. ET).

When it’s over, Nashville’s newest star will be heading home to Texas to spend some time off with her five sons and husband before hitting the studio to record her first album for Warner Bros. Records Nashville. John Russell/NBC

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