Scotty McCreery's "Five More Minutes" is Certified Double Platinum by RIAA
Scotty McCreery is kicking 2020 off with a bang! Just days before heading to Mexico for his first-ever appearance at Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa, the country music hitmaker learned his signature hit, “Five More Minutes,” has been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than two million units. This is the singer/songwriter’s first Double Platinum certification.
“Five More Minutes” was McCreery’s first No.1 hit on both Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart and Billboard Country Airplay Chart. He wrote it with Frank Rogers (who also produced the song) and Monty Criswell, and it was the lead single from his No. 1 album Seasons Change.
“I have believed in this song since the day I wrote it with Frank and Monty, and I am thrilled that the fans have believed in it as well,” said McCreery. “This song was inspired by the passing of my grandfather, and I feel him with me every time I sing it. As I’ve said many times, it is my favorite song I’ve ever written. Thanks to Triple 8 Management, Triple Tigers Records and all my team for working so hard with me.”
McCreery debuted the song on the Grand Ole Opry during CMA Music Festival in June 2016. The live video of the performance on the Opry’s YouTube Channel reached millions of viewers and went on to earn the North Carolina native the Rare Country Award for Opry Moment of the Year in December 2016.
In 2017, “Five More Minutes” became the first country song in history to chart in the Top 50 of the Mediabase / Country Aircheck Country Singles chart without being released by a record label. McCreery signed with Triple Tigers Records soon after and the label expertly guided the song to No.1 in February 2018. That same year “Five More Minutes” earned McCreery a BMI Award for writing One of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of the Year and it was named One of the Top Ten Songs We Wish We’d Written by the professional membership of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
The acclaimed music video for “Five More Minutes,” directed by Jeff Ray, featured rare footage of McCreery growing up with family and friends. It went on to peak at No. 1 on both the CMT Hot 20 Countdown and the GAC Top 20 Countdown and to date has received almost 100 million views on YouTube.
Scott Stem (McCreery's Manager, Triple 8 Management), Norbert Nix (GM and Partner, Triple Tigers Records), Scotty McCreery and George Couri (McCreery’s Manager; Partner, Triple 8 Management; and Partner, Triple Tigers Records) | Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
SCOTTY McCREERY KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH PAPERBACK RE-RELEASE OF HIS BOOK (GO BIG OR GO HOME: THE JOURNEY TOWARD THE DREAM) AND RUNNING THE 13.1 MILE WALT DISNEY RESORT HALF-MARATHON WITH WIFE GABI
Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, Scotty McCreery’s debut book from 2016, was re-released in paperback earlier this week on January 7. McCreery, who co-authored the book with writer Travis Thrasher, views the project as a travelogue through events in his life instead of a full memoir. “I wrote this book when I was 22 years old. I thought I was too young to write an autobiography, but at the same time, I had already experienced some pretty amazing adventures in life, television and the music business and had learned some key life lessons. So I structured the book more like a conversation about my journey thus far, sharing some behind the scenes details, and revealing what I had learned.” Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream can be found wherever books are sold, including Amazon (https://amzn.to/2FEJuAN), Barnes and Noble (https://bit.ly/39ZLdyz) and more.
During the early hours of Saturday, January 11, McCreery and his wife Gabi ran in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida. The couple, dressed in t-shirts representing Buzz Lightyear and Forky, characters from the animated movie “Toy Story 4,” received their Finisher Medals after completing the entire 13.1 miles of the event which ran through the Walt Disney World Resort. “Being in this half marathon was something that Gabi and I decided to do several months ago when we were setting goals for 2020,” said McCreery. “We are both huge Disney fans, especially Gabi. This seemed like the perfect half marathon for us to do together.”
The Triple Tigers recording artist is currently in the Top 25-and-rising on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck country charts with his single “In Between” from his No. 1 album Seasons Change. He wrote the song with Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander, and Jonathan Singleton. McCreery returns to the road this week on January 17 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin at the Crystal Grand Music Theater and January 18 in Washington, Illinois at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center. He’ll travel to Cancun to perform at Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa on January 22-23.
McCREERY PERFORMS HALFTIME SHOW AT LIBERTY BOWL AND RECEIVES OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery performed during the halftime show of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on New Year’s Eve (12/31/19), portions of which were aired live on ESPN. Several St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients joined him on stage, while an assortment of high school marching bands, the Lucid Dance Company, and the Liberty Bowl pageant queens participated in the performance on the field.
The night before (12/30) at the President’s Gala, he received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Outstanding Achievement Award for his many services to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A strong supporter of St. Jude, McCreery donated both the $25,000 he won on “Celebrity Family Feud” in 2018 and $25,000 from a Bumble social media promotion in 2019 to the organization. He sang on the Disney Radio multi-artist version of “Angels Among Us” in 2017, where proceeds were donated to St. Jude. He has also participated in the organization’s “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaigns for several years.
“Both my wife Gabi and I have visited St. Jude and have seen first hand the amazing work that goes on there,” said McCreery. “I’m always glad to help St. Jude and spread the word about what they do.”
McCreery returns to the road on January 17 in Wisconsin Dells, WI at the Crystal Grand Music Theater. He will perform at Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa event in Cancun on January 22-23.
SCOTTY McCREERY DEBUTS “THIS IS IT (ACOUSTIC)” MUSIC VIDEO ON iHEARTCOUNTRY TODAY
“THIS IS IT (ACOUSTIC)” TRACK AVAILABLE NOW
Second of Three Acoustic Recordings Make Up Forthcoming Digital EP Entitled The Soundcheck Sessions
Just one month after sharing “In Between (Acoustic),” Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery is back with today’s release of “This is It (Acoustic).” The audio track, produced by McCreery’s bass player Nathan Thomas, is available wherever digital music is sold. Listen HERE. The music video debuts exclusively today on iHeartCountry station sites and country.iheart.com at 9:00 AM (EST). The video was directed by Jeff Ray, who also directed the original “This is It” music video filmed at McCreery’s wedding and peaked at No. 1 on “The CMT Hot 20 Countdown.”
The song is the second track from McCreery’s upcoming digital EP The Soundcheck Sessions. The project will be released in January along with a third song and video.
“Ever since we released the original version of ‘This is It,’ I have had so many requests from fans for an acoustic version that they could play during their own proposals and weddings,” said McCreery. “It’s been very humbling to learn that a song I wrote for my wife Gabi and tells our story has gone on to become something special for thousands of couples. As a songwriter, I don’t know that it gets any better than that.”
McCreery was one of the most heard artists of 2019 with the original version of “This Is It” coming in at No. 4 on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Top 10 Songs of 2019 chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Year End Country Airplay Chart. The song topped the charts for two consecutive weeks on both the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. In November, the song earned McCreery a BMI Award (his third) for writing One of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of the Year. He wrote the song with Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis two weeks before he proposed to his now-wife Gabi. Rogers and Eshuis, along with Derek Wells, produced the track which was the second single from the North Carolina native’s No.1 album, Seasons Change.
“This Is It (Acoustic)” was filmed and recorded on the stage of the Cascade Theatre in Redding, Calif. on Sept. 26 before the singer and his band performed at the venue that evening. McCreery is accompanied by his guitarists/harmony vocalists Jeffrey Harper and Dylan Rosson on the acoustic track.
After taking a holiday break, McCreery will perform at the Horseshoe Casino’s Bluesville in Robinsonville, Miss. on Dec. 29, as well as during the halftime show at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 31. After the new year begins, McCreery will return to the road on Jan. 17 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. and on Jan. 18 in Washington, Ill. before joining Luke Bryan in Cancun for Crash My Playa Jan. 22 and 23.
SCOTTY McCREERY DEBUTS “IN BETWEEN (ACOUSTIC)” MUSIC VIDEO ON iHEARTCOUNTRY STATION SITES TODAY
“In Between (Acoustic)” Track Available Now
First of Three Acoustic Recordings Makeup Forthcoming Digital EP Entitled The Soundcheck Sessions
Just in time to kick off the holidays, Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery offers his fans a surprise gift today with the release of “In Between (Acoustic).” The music video for the acoustic track, directed by Jeff Ray, debuts exclusively today on iHeartCountry station sites and iHeart.com at 9:00 AM (EST). The audio track for “In Between (Acoustic),” produced by McCreery’s bass player Nathan Thomas, is available now. Listen HERE. The song and video are the first of three acoustic tracks coming from the country crooner as a new digital EP entitled The Soundcheck Sessions. McCreery will also release an acoustic track in December and January to complete the EP, with iHeartCountry properties continuing to debut the accompanying music videos.
“While I always love performing ‘In Between’ with my full band, I also really have fun when we do a stripped-down version at guitar pulls and radio shows,” said McCreery. “We’ve had so many requests for a recorded version of the acoustic performance, so we decided to make it happen. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”
The original version of “In Between” is climbing the country charts, currently positioned at No. 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and No. 32 on the Mediabase / Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart. The song, written by McCreery, Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton and produced by Rogers, is the third single from the North Carolina native’s No. 1 debuting Seasons Change album which also features his two Platinum-certified No. 1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “This is It.”
“In Between (Acoustic),” as well as the two forthcoming acoustic tracks, were filmed and recorded on the stage of the Cascade Theatre in Redding, California on Sept. 26, during the afternoon before the singer and his band performed a concert there that night. McCreery is accompanied by his guitarists/harmony vocalists Jeffrey Harper and Dylan Rosson on the acoustic tracks.
Austin, Texas-based videographer Ray also directed all of McCreery’s prior videos from Seasons Change including “Five More Minutes,” which is nearing 100 million views; “This is It,” which has surpassed 55 million views; and the original version of “In Between” which was released earlier this year.
McCreery is on the road this weekend with Old Dominion on their Make It Sweet Tour with performances in Evansville, Indiana (11/21), Newport, Kentucky (11/22), and Moline, Illinois (11/23). He’ll enjoy Thanksgiving with his wife and her family before headlining the Beach Home for the Holidays concert in Panama City Beach, Florida (11/29). It was also just announced this week that McCreery would be joining country super star Luke Bryan for Crash My Playa in January.
Luke Bryan’s Sold-Out CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 Announces Final Talent Line Up
Newly Announced: Headliner Old Dominion plus Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock- along with Dustin Lynch previously announced
Luke Bryan to Headline Two Nights; Jason Alden to Headline One Night
As the calendar moves closer to Thanksgiving Luke Bryan fans have a little more to be thankful for and look forward to as the final line-up of performers for his CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 was announced today. The SOLD-OUT destination concert event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico is in its sixth year will take place January 22-25, 2020. Newly announced performers include headliner Old Dominion as well as Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock.
As previously announced, Luke will headline two nightly concerts and Jason Aldean, making his debut at PLAYA, will headline one night. Also, Dustin Lynch returns as the only artist who has appeared all six years of the event.
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will be hosted at just one resort for the first time in 2020 at the Moon Palace Cancún. From sun-up to sun-down, the resort sizzles with energy and is ranked amongst the best in the region on TripAdvisor. This oceanfront sanctuary offers a vibrant spectrum of magnificent rooms, all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, relaxing pools, on-site restaurants, and bars, as well as plenty of activities on both land and sea, including offsite adventures to Isla Mujeres, Rio Secreto, and Chichen Itza.
For more information about CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 visit: www.crashmyplaya.com
About Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a soon-to-be three year celebrity judge on ABC’s “American Idol,” a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, and a six-time CMT Artist of the Year. Bryan has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 54 million tracks and 12.5 million albums with seven Billion music streams and has 23 #1 singles, 12 of which he co-wrote. The Academy of Country Music recently honored Luke with the Album of the Decade award for his four-time Platinum selling album Crash My Party. In late October Luke wrapped his “Sunset Repeat Tour” in Detroit at Ford Field marking his 36th career headline stadium shows and playing for one million fans in 2019.
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