Scotty McCreery stars in new installment of CMT Digital series “CMT Stages”
CMT Digital today announced the second episode of the docu-series “CMT Stages,” with a special installment featuring country star Scotty McCreery performing some of his biggest hits and reflecting on his celebrated career path thus far. “CMT Stages: Scotty McCreery” is available now on CMT’s official YouTube and Facebook channels, with breakout performances to be shared across all of CMT socials.
“I’ve always been a guy who likes to look back and share stories from my past while also moving forward with new goals,” said McCreery. “Doing ‘CMT Stages’ was so much fun and brought back so many memories. I had a blast!”
In the episode, McCreery offers exclusive acoustic performances of his biggest hits including “It Matters to Her,” “Damn Strait,” “I Love You This Big” and his first-ever No. 1 “Five More Minutes.” He also delivers a rare performance of “Southern Belle,” a single that was released during a pivotal moment in his career that was quickly overlooked, never receiving the recognition many thought it deserved. “CMT Stages” marks the first time McCreery has performed the song since 2015.
In between songs, McCreery recalls his childhood in North Carolina, learning to play “Sweet Home Alabama” on his first guitar, and his family encouraging him in early talent competitions. He takes viewers inside his decade-plus journey since winning American Idol in 2011 and moving to Nashville at age 17. Intertwined with old photos and video footage, McCreery discusses balancing post-Idol fame while finishing high school, becoming a husband and father, getting dropped by his first record label and then an unprecedented career comeback spurred by his self-penned hit “Five More Minutes.”
“CMT Stages: Scotty McCreery” was filmed at CMT’s downtown Nashville offices in a studio outfitted with memorabilia from the star’s personal and professional life, including his teenage job at a grocery store, his high school baseball team, family photos and more.
McCreery has achieved five consecutive No. 1 hits in the last few years. His latest album is Same Truck: The Deluxe Album. Four of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard Albums chart, with current combined sales surpassing four million copies.
“CMT Stages” is the latest original series produced specifically for digital platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, with the debut episode featuring Chris Young. Additional CMT Digital franchises include the Shorty Award-winning “Viral To Verified,” “On The Road” and “Campfire Sessions.” “CMT Stages” is executive produced by Melissa Goldberg and Corey Janus, and produced by Christina Cooper, with Brittany Lutz in charge of production.
SCOTTY MCCREERY MAY FAN OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Scotty McCreery Fan of the Month for May 2023, Audree M! Learn more about Audree below!
Where are you from?: Coshocton, OH
How many years have you been a fan?: 12 years since the American Idol audition and my sister and I were smitten!!
How many years have you been a fan club member? 1 Year
What is your favorite Scotty song? How Ya Doin Up There will ALWAYS give me goosebumps
What is your favorite Scotty album? Seasons Change, but the Christmas Album is on repeat from November-December
How many times have you seen Scotty live? What was your first show? What was your favorite show? 5 times, about to be 6 after summer. My first show was in February of 2018. Picking a favorite is really tough, but when he was on tour with Old Dominion in 2019 I saw him on my 21st birthday and we had pit seats. That whole experience was amazing. Now don't get me wrong, the smaller venue shows are amazing, but getting to see Scotty on that big of a stage to really rock out was spectacular.
What’s one thing that sets you apart from other Scotty fans? My sister and I have been fans from day 1. I can remember using our family land line phone to call in votes for America Idol, and now we are sitting front row at all of his Ohio shows!!
Country Insider Weekly: Scotty McCreery trending at TikTok
SCOTTY McCREERY’S DOUBLE-PLATINUM CERTIFIED “FIVE MORE MINUTES” INSPIRES TIKTOK TREND
No. 1 Single from Seasons Change is Currently One of the 10 Most Used Pieces of Music
of Any Genre on Tik Tok
Current Single “It Matters to Her” Top 12 and Climbing at Country Radio
Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery has achieved numerous milestones with his critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite “Five More Minutes”: marking the first of five consecutive No. 1 singles; reaching RIAA Double Platinum certification; earning McCreery one of five BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year; and inspiring two popular Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network holiday movies with “Five More Minutes” and “Five More Minutes: Moments Like These.” Now, with its resurgence via TikTok, the track proves “it has the potential to endure as a classic,” as noted by Billboard.
The organic trend has creators showing loved ones, including family members, friends and pets with which they would like “five more minutes.” With 367 million views on the platform, the song reached No. 9 on TikTok’s all genre U.S. Top Tracks and has over 230K videos featuring it, resulting in a 40% increase in consumption in the last 28 days.
“I’m glad to see ‘Five More Minutes’ getting a new life,” said McCreery. “It’s my favorite song I’ve ever written, and probably always will be. It’s both personal and universal at the same time. I love seeing folks use it with their own videos to share their feelings on TikTok.”
McCreery wrote the song with Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell two weeks after the passing of his paternal grandfather, who serves as a major inspiration for the song. It takes listeners on a journey through both the joys and sorrows of life, ending with a plea for “five more minutes” with his grandfather. The North Carolina native first performed it publicly on the Grand Ole Opry, receiving a standing ovation and quickly becoming a fan favorite.
The fastest rising song of his career, McCreery’s current single “It Matters to Her” is top 12-and-climbing as he gears up to return to his Damn Strait Tour later this month in Scottsdale, Arizona before joining the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour through the summer, with additional headlining shows sprinkled throughout. McCreery wrote the song with Rhett Akins and Lee Thomas Miller.
The new father recently joined comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and Dr. Scott Cohen on their podcast “Daddy Vs. Doctor,” which shares parenting tips in between comedy bits.
McCreery is also one of the artists featured in the new “American Currents: State of the Music” exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, on display through Feb. 4, 2024.
Remaining Damn Strait Tour dates are as follows:
April 21 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort
April 22 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
April 27 Carteret, NJ Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center
April 28 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
April 29 Orillia, ON Casino Rama
April 30 Hagerstown, MD Maryland Theatre
Tour dates for the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour 2023 in May and June, featuring Scotty McCreery and opening act Megan Moroney:
May 4 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
May 5 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center
May 6 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena
May 11 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
May 12 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
May 13 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
May 18 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena
May 19 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
May 20 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
June 1 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
June 2 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center-Arena
June 3 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
June 8 Duluth, GA Gas South Arena
June 10 Orlando, FL Amway Center
June 15 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 16 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
June 17 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
In-between the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour 2023 dates, McCreery will also be performing these shows, with more to be announced soon:
May 21 Temecula, CA Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
May 28 Denham Springs, LA Cajun Country Jam
June 9 Myrtle Beach, SC Carolina Country Music Fest
July 13 Knoxville, IN Knox County Fair
July 21 Minden, NV Carson Valley Inn Casino - TJ's Corral
July 28 Caldwell, ID Canyon County Fair
Aug. 3 Prairie Du Chien, WI County Line Country Fest
Scotty McCreery on Sebastian Maniscalco's "Daddy Vs Doctor" podcast
Scotty McCreery is the latest guest on the “Daddy Vs Doctor” podcast hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen, which shares both parenting tips and comedy. The podcast can be seen on YouTube here. Scotty is on around the 35 minute mark.
The podcast can also be heard on:
SCOTTY MCCREERY APRIL FAN OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Scotty McCreery Fan of the Month for April 2023, Amanda C! Learn more about Amanda below!
Where are you from?: Ironton, OH
How many years have you been a fan?: I don’t even know. Since the first time I saw him in concert. No idea what year it was.
How many years have you been a fan club member? 2-3 Years
What is your favorite Scotty song? Blue Jean Baby
What is your favorite Scotty album? Clear As Day
How many times have you seen Scotty live? What was your first show? What was your favorite show? Somewhere between 4-6. My first, second, and most recent were all in Ashland KY. I’ve seen every show of his there. I’ve also seen him in Columbus.
What’s one thing that sets you apart from other Scotty fans? I was not a Scotty Fan during his American Idol season. I don’t remember who my favorite was, but it wasn’t Scotty. My, at the time, 75 year old Mamaw heard his voice in the audition and instantly knew he would win. She loved Scotty. I didn’t become a fan until my oldest daughter drug me to his first concert at the Paramount in Ashland, KY. I’ve been hooked ever since.