Scotty McCreery

About Scotty McCreery

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.

Scotty McCreery and his fiancée share a long-term love Features Scotty McCreery and his fiancée share a long-term love , Senior Country Correspondent 8:48am, February 13
Scotty McCreery shares precious video for his new song, "In Between" Features Scotty McCreery shares precious video for his new song, "In Between" , Senior Country Correspondent 1:42pm, February 7
Scotty McCreery fills us in on his Super Bowl and wedding plans Features Scotty McCreery fills us in on his Super Bowl and wedding plans , Senior Country Correspondent 1:59pm, February 2
Scotty McCreery shares sweet new photo of himself with his granddaddy News Scotty McCreery shares sweet new photo of himself with his granddaddy , Rare Country Contributor 11:04pm, January 25
Scotty McCreery super-fan Dustin Chapman faces health issues News Scotty McCreery super-fan Dustin Chapman faces health issues , Senior Country Correspondent 5:49pm, January 22
Scotty McCreery mourns the loss of a dear friend and music great News Scotty McCreery mourns the loss of a dear friend and music great , Rare Country Contributor 3:18pm, January 16
Scotty McCreery lets his feelings known about love with heartfelt new song and video News Scotty McCreery lets his feelings known about love with heartfelt new song and video , Senior Country Correspondent 5:06pm, January 12
Another pic has surfaced of Scotty McCreery’s gorgeous engagement shoot News Another pic has surfaced of Scotty McCreery’s gorgeous engagement shoot , Senior Country Correspondent 1:36pm, January 10
Scotty McCreery salutes the legends of country music with this amazing performance Performances Scotty McCreery salutes the legends of country music with this amazing performance , Senior Country Correspondent 12:32pm, January 9
Flashback to one of Scotty McCreery’s most epic Elvis covers Performances Flashback to one of Scotty McCreery’s most epic Elvis covers , Senior Country Correspondent 2:00pm, January 8
Scotty McCreery celebrates the New Year with one gorgeous engagement party News Scotty McCreery celebrates the New Year with one gorgeous engagement party , Senior Country Correspondent 12:39pm, January 8
Scotty McCreery delivers a powerful performance of his favorite song  Performances Scotty McCreery delivers a powerful performance of his favorite song  , Rare Country Contributor 2:43pm, January 4
Scotty McCreery and fiancée Gabi Dugal share engagement photos with fans  News Scotty McCreery and fiancée Gabi Dugal share engagement photos with fans  , Rare Country Contributor 8:57am, January 2
Scotty McCreery’s parents just shared a flashback pic that has us melting News Scotty McCreery’s parents just shared a flashback pic that has us melting , Senior Country Correspondent 2:14pm, December 27
Scotty McCreery checks in from a day out with his future father-in-law News Scotty McCreery checks in from a day out with his future father-in-law , Senior Country Correspondent 10:01am, December 27
Scotty McCreery and Santa Claus reconnect in this hilarious conversation News Scotty McCreery and Santa Claus reconnect in this hilarious conversation , Rare Country Contributor 6:28pm, December 22
Scotty McCreery tells us how he and his fiancée are celebrating Christmas Features Scotty McCreery tells us how he and his fiancée are celebrating Christmas , Senior Country Correspondent 1:12pm, December 20
Scotty McCreery will pack all his highs and lows into new album, “Seasons Change” News Scotty McCreery will pack all his highs and lows into new album, “Seasons Change” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:08pm, December 18
Scotty McCreery and his fiancée share a long-term love Features Scotty McCreery and his fiancée share a long-term love , Senior Country Correspondent 8:48am, February 13
Flashback to one of Scotty McCreery’s most epic Elvis covers Performances Flashback to one of Scotty McCreery’s most epic Elvis covers , Senior Country Correspondent 2:00pm, January 8
Another pic has surfaced of Scotty McCreery’s gorgeous engagement shoot News Another pic has surfaced of Scotty McCreery’s gorgeous engagement shoot , Senior Country Correspondent 1:36pm, January 10
Scotty McCreery fills us in on his Super Bowl and wedding plans Features Scotty McCreery fills us in on his Super Bowl and wedding plans , Senior Country Correspondent 1:59pm, February 2
If this performance from Scotty McCreery doesn’t make your jaw drop, nothing will News If this performance from Scotty McCreery doesn’t make your jaw drop, nothing will , Senior Country Correspondent 12:19pm, July 30
Scotty McCreery delivers a powerful performance of his favorite song  Performances Scotty McCreery delivers a powerful performance of his favorite song  , Rare Country Contributor 2:43pm, January 4
Scotty McCreery and his fiancée Gabi looked right at home walking their first red carpet Awards Scotty McCreery and his fiancée Gabi looked right at home walking their first red carpet , Senior Country Correspondent 4:25pm, November 8
Scotty McCreery channeling Elvis Presley is one of the coolest things ever News Scotty McCreery channeling Elvis Presley is one of the coolest things ever , Rare Country Contributor 3:02pm, March 24
Scotty McCreery shares precious video for his new song, "In Between" Features Scotty McCreery shares precious video for his new song, "In Between" , Senior Country Correspondent 1:42pm, February 7
Scotty McCreery puts his own touch on this famous holiday poem News Scotty McCreery puts his own touch on this famous holiday poem , Rare Country Contributor 3:11pm, December 15
Scotty McCreery celebrates the New Year with one gorgeous engagement party News Scotty McCreery celebrates the New Year with one gorgeous engagement party , Senior Country Correspondent 12:39pm, January 8
Scotty McCreery drops the news his fans have been dying to hear Features Scotty McCreery drops the news his fans have been dying to hear , Senior Country Correspondent 4:38pm, July 28
Scotty McCreery shows grandma a preview of "Five More Minutes" video News Scotty McCreery shows grandma a preview of "Five More Minutes" video , Senior Country Correspondent 2:53pm, May 8
Scotty McCreery and fiancée Gabi Dugal share engagement photos with fans  News Scotty McCreery and fiancée Gabi Dugal share engagement photos with fans  , Rare Country Contributor 8:57am, January 2
Scotty McCreery’s fiancée gives us some insight into her man’s new music Awards Scotty McCreery’s fiancée gives us some insight into her man’s new music , Senior Country Correspondent 5:06pm, November 9
Scotty McCreery salutes the legends of country music with this amazing performance Performances Scotty McCreery salutes the legends of country music with this amazing performance , Senior Country Correspondent 12:32pm, January 9
Scotty McCreery mourns the loss of a dear friend and music great News Scotty McCreery mourns the loss of a dear friend and music great , Rare Country Contributor 3:18pm, January 16
Scotty McCreery super-fan Dustin Chapman faces health issues News Scotty McCreery super-fan Dustin Chapman faces health issues , Senior Country Correspondent 5:49pm, January 22