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 comes clean about rap-heavy dance parties with his buddies Features Scotty McCreery comes clean about rap-heavy dance parties with his buddies , Senior Country Correspondent 3:51pm, March 22
The 2018 CMA Fest lineup is out and Carrie Underwood and more big stars are on it News The 2018 CMA Fest lineup is out and Carrie Underwood and more big stars are on it , Rare Country Contributor 5:25pm, March 21
Watch Scotty McCreery’s reaction as his fans sing back to him Performances Watch Scotty McCreery’s reaction as his fans sing back to him , Senior Country Correspondent 10:45am, March 20
Scotty McCreery reveals plans to return to “American Idol” News Scotty McCreery reveals plans to return to “American Idol” , Senior Country Correspondent 6:12pm, March 19
Scotty McCreery’s dark days are over as he releases new album, “Seasons Change” Features Scotty McCreery’s dark days are over as he releases new album, “Seasons Change” , Senior Country Correspondent 10:13am, March 16
Scotty McCreery tells us his new love song may end up in his wedding Features Scotty McCreery tells us his new love song may end up in his wedding , Senior Country Correspondent 9:21pm, March 12
Scotty McCreery looks forward to having a baby in the family Features Scotty McCreery looks forward to having a baby in the family , Senior Country Correspondent 5:40pm, March 6
Scotty McCreery lets fans in on a deeper level with this powerful message News Scotty McCreery lets fans in on a deeper level with this powerful message , Senior Country Correspondent 10:47am, February 28
In a new video clip, Scotty McCreery takes us back to when he and Gabi first met News In a new video clip, Scotty McCreery takes us back to when he and Gabi first met , Rare Country Contributor 7:05pm, February 26
Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal share the first of 2018’s big toasts together News Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal share the first of 2018’s big toasts together , Rare Country Contributor 10:08am, February 26
Scotty McCreery has only ever had eyes for his fiancée, Gabi Features Scotty McCreery has only ever had eyes for his fiancée, Gabi , Senior Country Correspondent 8:48am, February 13
Scotty McCreery shares precious video for new song Features Scotty McCreery shares precious video for new song , Senior Country Correspondent 1:42pm, February 7
Scotty McCreery fills us in on the plans for his big day Features Scotty McCreery fills us in on the plans for his big day , Senior Country Correspondent 1:59pm, February 2
Scotty McCreery shares a vintage photo showing the inspiration behind “Five More Minutes” News Scotty McCreery shares a vintage photo showing the inspiration behind “Five More Minutes” , Rare Country Contributor 11:04pm, January 25
The young man Scotty McCreery once sang with grapples with health issues News The young man Scotty McCreery once sang with grapples with 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