Scotty's "Santa Claus is Back in Town" on CMT Campfire Sessions
CMT released Scotty's acoustic version of "Santa Claus is Back in Town" as part of their CMT Campfire Sessions online.
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Scotty McCreery on Country Heat Weekly Podcast!
Scotty had so much fun on the Amazon Music Country Heat podcast! Listen to his episode here:
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SCOTTY MCCREERY DECEMBER FAN OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Scotty McCreery Fan of the Month for December 2022, Chris D! Learn more about Chris below!
Where are you from?: Kissimmee Florida
How many years have you been a fan?: 4 Years
How many years have you been a fan club member? 4 Years
What is your favorite Scotty song? Why You Gotta Be Like That
What is your favorite Scotty album? Same Truck
How many times have you seen Scotty live? What was your first show? What was your favorite show? I have seen Scotty 7 times in Concert. First show was in Lakeland Florida at the St. Judes fundraiser. My favorite show was at The Ryman on 03/11/2020.
What’s one thing that sets you apart from other Scotty fans? I DID NOT know Scotty during The Idol years. I was at work one day and he showed up on my Facebook page. I watched him singing Hello Darlin several times, watched it several more times in the car after work. A couple days later he showed up again singing The Grand Tour. Again I watched it several times at work and in the car after work. When I got home I told my wife she had to come see this Young Man I found on Facebook. She said she was busy cooking dinner but I insisted on her watching these videos. AS SOON AS I CLICKED ON THE VIDEO she said oh that's Scotty McCreery he won Season 10 of America Idol, she said she voted for him many times. She said she tried to get me to watch him on AI but I was always too busy or something. I looked at her like she had 3 heads because I am the Country Music Expert in the house and I didn't know about Scotty. Within a couple weeks I owned every CD he had released at the time and his book (Go Big or Go Home) and had seen him in Concert for the first time. I have made up for lost time by seeing him in Concert 7 times in 3 different states. Scotty is ABSOLUTELY THE GREATEST.❤
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Scotty McCreery Talks Family Life With Newborn Son: ‘We Are Loving Every Minute With Him’
With songs like “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It,” Scotty McCreery has taken fans with him on his journey from dating his now-wife Gabi to the couple’s mountaintop engagement in 2017 to their wedding in North Carolina a year later. Now, they are settling into their new roles as parents. On Oct. 24, the couple welcomed their first child, son Merrick Avery McCreery (who goes by Avery).
“He’s awesome. He is healthy,” McCreery tells Billboard. “It’s been so cool just to watch him grow and it’s only been three weeks and we’re just getting started, but it’s been the joy of my life. It’s been incredible, and also just seeing Gabi be a mom—she’s worked so hard for nine months and is still crushing it. It’s been cool getting to do this together and just be there for him.”
This week, McCreery released the music video for “It Matters to Her,” directed by Jeff Ray, who has helmed previous McCreery videos including “Five More Minutes” and “Damn Strait.” The video clip is essentially a digital scrapbook of the McCreerys’ journey to welcoming their son, with footage of the day Gabi found out she was pregnant (Feb. 25), as well as ultrasound appointments, painting the baby’s nursery and playing music for Avery in utero.
“I thought it would be a perfect thing to showcase our journey, pregnancy and that whole nine-month process. Gabi’s doing the hard work, or course, and it’s my job to help her and be there for her and just getting the house ready and getting ourselves ready, the dog ready, everything ready for Avery. The video came out better than I could have imagined. I’m excited for Avery to watch the video a few years from now and see what he thinks.”
As for which parent little Avery resembles at the moment, McCreery says, “I think everybody’s saying he looks a lot like me, but I see a little bit of his mama in there, too. And he’s got that little grin, that smile—it’s probably more of a reflex right now than anything, but he does that when he’s sleeping or dreaming but it’s just cute. We are loving every minute with him.”
Among the many baby gifts they have received are Louisiana State University onesies (McCreery’s a fan) and the book Goodnight Moon from McCreery’s family. “I remember that book being read to me when I was growing up,” McCreery recalls.
Given his own career in music which started in his teens via American Idol, McCreery says he will “absolutely” support his son if Avery shows a similar propensity for music.
“Music did so much for me even before I did it professionally. It was a passion of mine and it’ll always be a part of me. I think it’s huge for development, the arts and getting to use that creative side of your brain. I’ll encourage the heck out of Avery to do whatever he wants, but if it’s music, arts or anything, I hope he crushes it and does what he wants to do.”
While enjoying time at home with his newly expanded family, McCreery is also following up his five consecutive Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 hits (including the three-week No. 1 “Damn Strait”) with the deluxe edition of his album Same Truck, which Triple Tigers releases today (Nov. 18), featuring six additional tracks.
McCreery’s approach to this album was different than his previous works, given that he had nearly a full album ready to go prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The world shuts down and we had all this time to write and record more songs.” McCreery says. “Those newer songs are what made the main Same Truck album, but then we had all these other songs already recorded and mastered. So instead of going back in and recording, we already had it. And I was kind of in the same creative mindset when I was writing those songs as I was with the newer songs, so it flowed really nicely and it feels like one cohesive project.”
After taking parental leave, McCreery returns to the road December, and he says touring will look different in the coming months and years.
“I’ve kind of had the same system for touring for the past 10 years, so it’s gonna come as a big shock, but in all the best ways. Next year, we are bringing out a baby bus, so Avery and Gabi will be out there, and [the couple’s yellow Labrador] Moose will be out there. It’s a family affair. And honestly, even before, when just Gabi was be out there, it always made the road better. I can be a hermit and stay on the bus all day, but when she’s out there, she’s like, ‘Let’s go hiking, let’s go see this.’”
In addition to touring, McCreery says he hopes to return to the studio early next year.
“I’m definitely more of an album cycle writer than a non-stop writer,” he says. “We are getting into that new phase of once the deluxe album is out, we’re writing for the next project. It’s exciting. It’s a new time for me. Life has changed dramatically over the last few weeks, so I got a lot of stuff to write about!”
And yes, McCreery says the next album could very well include a musical ode to Avery.
“I’ve already written a few for him, before he was born. But I would imagine there’s a song or two about little Avery on the next album,” he says.
Country Heat on Amazon Music
Amazon Music gave Scotty the cover of their Country Heat playlist this week and put “It Matters to Her” in the top spot. Check it out here.