Whether singing a song or throwing a curve ball—literally—Scotty McCreery is a young man of many talents. Growing up in Garner, North Carolina, Scotty divided his time between his passions for baseball and music, but singing moved into the lead when he won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011. Since then, he’s continued to be one of country music’s hardest working and best-loved young acts.
Scotty’s desire to be an entertainer began when he was only five or six years old and his grandmother gave him a book about Elvis Presley. He became a big fan, and was soon envisioning a life where he could make people happy through music.
He began learning guitar and performed at church and school, sharpening his skills and stoking his ambition. At 16, he auditioned for “American Idol” and made the cut. During the competition, he became an audience favorite among fans who were drawn to his deep resonant vocals, sincere personality and quiet displays of faith.
After winning “Idol,” he launched his career with his platinum-selling 2011 debut album, “Clear as Day,” which featured two top 20 hits, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls.” The following year, he released a holiday album, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery.”
Even though his music career was percolating along quite well, Scotty opted to return to his high school and finish, competing in the baseball season during his senior year. After graduation, he juggled life in the recording studio and on the road with college studies at North Carolina State University for a time.
Scotty’s sophomore album, “See You Tonight,” was released in 2013 and spawned his first Top 10 hit with the title track. The second single, “Feelin’ It,” also reached the Top 10. In 2015, Scotty parted ways with Mercury Records, but remained visible with the publication of his 2016 memoir, “Go Big or Go Home.” And although he continued to write songs and tour, there was a five-year span between album releases. He returned to radio in 2017 with the poignant hit single “Five More Minutes,” which earned the respect of the music industry as it climbed the charts without a major record company behind it.
Fans were thrilled when Scotty signed a new record deal and returned with a new album, “Seasons Change,” in 2018. The project marks the first time Scotty co-wrote all the songs on the album. But new music isn’t the only big thing on Scotty’s agenda in 2018. In September of 2017, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Gabi Dugal, while on a hike, and the two are planning to wed in 2018.