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Scotty McCreery has scored his first No. 1 single ever with “Five More Minutes” — a song he co-wrote after losing his grandfather in February 2015. It is a moment he never thought he’d see when he was dropped from the artist roster at his former record label that same year.

Scotty opens up about the ups and downs that led to this triumphant point in his career in a new Facebook post celebrating the chart-topping hit. He explains that even after winning “American Idol” in 2010, he still didn’t feel like he’d really made it as a country star.

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Make no mistake, Scotty was very grateful to have been given that platform on “Idol.”

“At the age of 16, I decided I wanted to try out for ‘American Idol.’ Never in a million years did I think I would win that show, but thank yall so much for that opportunity,” he writes.

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But to truly feel like he’d made it as a country star, Scotty wanted to have a big hit on the radio. That proved elusive as he released two studio albums that ended up selling well, but producing no major hits at country radio.

Scotty says, “I still had not accomplished my dream. I’d been given a platform, but I knew in country music, it is all about the song. So I immediately [set] out to make the best music I knew how. My first record, I was young and unsure of what I wanted to say. The big hit songs simply were not on that record. My second album progressed, but I was still hungry for that first No. 1!”

Life threw some curveballs at Scotty in early 2015 as his grandfather passed away and, in his memory, Scotty wrote what he considered to be his best song ever, “Five More Minutes,” which he abbreviates as “5MM” in the post. Around the same time, the record label he’d been with since winning “Idol” released him. It was a scary time for Scotty.

He admits, “This news devastated me. For 24 hours, in my mind my career was over, my dreams were finished and the world would never hear 5MM. But after thinking about how blessed I had been in life, how hard I had worked, and how much I believed in 5MM, I decided I was not giving up and I was going to fight! Sure, someone might have basically said they don’t believe in me as an artist and they don’t believe in 5MM, but that was just fuel to my fire! Time to prove the doubters wrong!”

Scotty admits that 2016 was a very hard year for him as he tried to get “Five More Minutes” off the ground. Thankfully, Scotty had a strong support team around him with his lawyer and managers, who helped him get “Five More Minutes” on the country chart even without a record label. He then teamed up with a new record label team, and “Five More Minutes” continued its ascent all the way to the top of the country chart.

Scotty has learned a few lessons through this journey. He says, “It takes a village. ‘Five More Minutes’ is not at the top of the charts if not for the love, strength and support I received from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my family and my fiancée, the guidance I received from my management team, my label, my attorney and my business manager, and the hard work from my band and my crew that have been by my side through thick and thin since day one! This is not a “me” thing, this is a ‘we’ thing.”

He also encourages his fans to look at his situation as a testament to the power of perseverance.

“No matter what obstacles life throws at you, follow your dreams and be persistent in following them,” Scotty says. “You never know what you can accomplish.”

Finally, Scotty admits it’s a really great feeling to be sitting at No. 1 on the country charts with “Five More Minutes.”

He says in a P.S., “Does it feel good to prove the doubter(s) wrong? Yes. Yes it does.”

“Five More Minutes” is the lead single from Scotty’s upcoming studio album, “Seasons Change,” due out March 16.

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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