Scotty McCreery sold out the Mother Church last Wednesday (March 11), wowing fans with new music and heart touching love stories. This was McCreery’s first appearance at the Ryman Auditorium in over 6 years and it’s safe to say he truly delivered.
Prior to the show, the country crooner was presented with a special RIAA-certified gold album plaque in recognition of his last album Seasons Change, which sold more than 500,000 units since its release.
“I don’t know where to even begin to say how much Seasons Change means to me or how proud I am of this album. The success of this album changed my life,” McCreery shared.
“If you listen to all the lyrics, then you should have a strong idea of who I am. It’s that personal. The fact that the fans and country radio loved the music means everything to me. I want to thank Triple 8 Management and Triple Tigers Records for their belief in me and for working with me every step of the way. I want to thank my band and crew for all their hard work through the years. This is a team accomplishment and a true highlight of my career.”
Setting the stage for McCreery were Heather Morgan and Adam Doleac, who got the night going with exciting and impressive sets. Bringing an exceptionally entertaining element, McCreery delivered fan favorites “Feelin’ It,” “Wherever You Are,” “You Make That Look Good,” “The Trouble with Girls” and his “In Between.”
McCreery was sure to create an intimate bond with the audience by sharing touching and lighthearted stories of significant moments in his life that lead to some of his best songs.
Opening up about his wife, Gabi, the country singer shared that he was instantly smitten when the two met in kindergarten, claiming, “When you know, you know.” Lucky for McCreery, the crush was mutual and he later discovered that his now wife had covered her kindergarten diary with “Mrs. McCreery,” which remains in the couple’s home to this day. The pair’s love story would later be the inspiration for his second No. 1 hit “This Is It.”
Taking the crowd on a roller coaster of emotions, McCreery got the audience on their feet and transitioned the room into a makeshift beach party, throwing giant beach balls into the audience while going into the fun and upbeat tune “Barefoot” from Seasons Change.
Making the evening even more special and unique, the North Carolina native introduced his grandmother, who was sitting in the balcony, and shared how his late grandfather had picked up on her while giving her a speeding ticket. McCreery’s beloved grandfather became inspiration for his newest song “Twice A Child,” and the debut earned him a standing ovation and a roar of applause. McCreery also debuted another new song titled “Fallin’ For A Stranger,” which was met with equal praise.
“I can’t think of a better place to give the audience a preview of the new album than on the stage of the Ryman,” said the entertainer, overwhelmed by the reaction of the crowd.
Wrapping up the evening, the audience was left with some cover’s of country music’s best including Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen,” Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” and John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”
McCreery thanked the crowd for braving the coronavirus and put the night to a close with “Five More Minutes.” Always sure to show his gratitude for support, McCreery did something show-goers rarely get to experience; heading to the edge of the stage, shaking hands, signing autographs, and taking selfies.
You can keep up with Scotty by following him on Instagram at @scottymccreery.