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We don’t know what Scotty McCreery dreams of, but we have to wonder if those dreams look anything like the life he is living now.

After an amazing 2017 that included releasing the fan favorite single, “Five More Minutes,” signing a new record deal and proposing to his girl next door, Gabi Dugal, things only seem to be getting better for Scotty.

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“Five More Minutes,” which Scotty co-wrote after his grandfather passed away, was officially released to radio in May after months of his amazing fans pleading for it to be the next single. It became the first song to ever chart in the Top 50 without the help of a record label, so when we say “amazing fans,” we mean it. It was their enthusiastic support and country radio’s belief in Scotty — along with an incredible recording — that got the song to that point.

Three months later, he signed his new recording contract and the climb up the charts has continued into 2018, where “Five More Minutes” is now sitting in the Top 15 with more than 150,000 copies sold.

Yay!

And while the song is certainly more mellow and emotional than you might expect a college football crowd would want to hear, when Scotty performed his newest hit single at the Belk Bowl Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 29, it looks like the fans were all in.

In fact, you could have heard a pin drop when the North Carolina native began singing from the chilly winter stage. At least until he was finished, and then the applause was loud and abundant.

Yes, it’s shaping up to be the biggest year ever of Scotty’s career. In addition to the upcoming March 16 release of his long-awaited and highly-anticipated fourth album, “Seasons Change” — his first release in nearly five years — the “American Idol” winner is also filling up his calendar with show dates in 2018.

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And let’s not forget that this will be the year that Scotty and sweet Gabi will take that walk down the aisle.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Any country fan or industry geek could tell you that. And heck, he’s not even a Wake Forest or Texas A&M fan, but he still braved the cold to bring his music to the Demon Deacon and Aggie supporters at the Belk Bowl. Maybe next year his North Carolina State Wolfpack will make it to the bowl series.

Oh, and congratulations to Wake Forest, which had the home state advantage in the playoff game. They took the win at the Belk Bowl, just edging out the Aggies 55 to 52 in one of the most exciting games of the championship series.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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