Scotty McCreery recently took to the Grand Ole Opry stage with a stripped-down version of his emotional hit, “Five More Minutes.”

Instead of just singing the song on country music’s most famous stage, he gave fans a backstage pass, and performed the ballad in the venue’s “Into the Circle” dressing room for a special 360° taping.

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Before performing the song, Scotty, 23, recounted his “Opry” debut, which took place in 2011 after he won “American Idol.” He then began to belt out his nostalgic current single, that was inspired by his late grandfather. Utilizing his deep southern twang, Scotty crooned about his early life, and how fast precious time flies by. His band members, meanwhile, blended their vocals together in beautiful harmony.

Speaking of the passing of time, things have sure changed for Scotty. Fans likely know that he released “Five More Minutes” in May without any help from a record label. Despite having no backing, the song has been climbing the radio airplay charts.

Turns out that Scotty’s hard work has paid off, as the success of the tune caught the eye of a label. On Aug. 15, a press release was shared to Scotty’s Facebook page announcing that he has officially signed a new record deal with Triple Tigers Records (also home to rising star Russell Dickerson).

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“I’m very excited to become a part of the Triple Tigers/Sony Music Entertainment family,” Scotty said in the release. “They believe in me and my music, they work hard, and for being a brand new company, they are already succeeding. I am fired up to see what we can achieve together.”

The new signing comes more than a year after Scotty parted ways with Universal Music Group’s Mercury Nashville, his label home since winning “Idol.” Congratulations Scotty!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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