Christmas came early for Scotty McCreery!

Not only was the “Five More Minutes” singer a spotlight artist at the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry Country Christmas Show yesterday (December 3), but also one of the songwriter’s idols Garth Brooks gave him the gift of a lifetime for a country artist.

Brooks handed McCreery a wrapped present and said, “Merry Christmas. This is a Christmas present to the Grand Ole Opry. We would love to invite you to be the newest member of the Opry.”

McCreery responded emotionally, “Holy cow. Yes, I would love to. I grew up listening to your records Garth and you’re a part of what made me want to do this for a living and I didn’t think that dream would become a reality, but it is because of all of y’all sitting in this house tonight. God bless y’all.”

He continued, “When I got started doing this people asked, ‘What are your goals?’ And I’d say, ‘one day I’d like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’” The emotional country crooner then bent down and touched the circle of wood in the Opry’s center stage where so many of his heroes and peers have stood.

“We’re thrilled to extend this much-anticipated invitation to our friend Scotty,” said Opry Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “Whether he’s on the Opry performing his hits, putting his spin on some old favorites during a performance on one of our Opry Country Classics shows, or offering a holiday set as he did tonight, Scotty consistently delivers and is always at home on the Opry stage. It’ll be exciting to hear the words ‘Scotty McCreery, you’re a member of the Grand Ole Opry!’ in the early days of 2024.”

Scotty McCreery invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry | Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

You can catch the Opry Country Christmas Show on all Opry digital platforms. The show features members The Gatlin Brothers, Riders In The Sky, Mandy Barnett and Charlie McCoy. This year’s Spotlight Artists including Chris Janson, Lady A, Chris Young, Trace Adkins, and Steven Curtis Chapman. 

The Triple Tigers recording artist is heading out on his 2024 headlining Cab in a Solo Tour presented by Live Nation, beginning in January. Special guests Anne Wilson, Noah Hicks and Greylan James offer support on select dates.

“I’m on the road year ‘round, but I always love putting together specific tours and I think next year’s Cab in a Solo Tour is gonna be one of my favorites. Happy to have Anne Wilson join us on the road – she’s a great singer.  Depending on the city, either Greylan James or Noah Hicks will be opening up the show and they’re both fantastic performers. And who knows, maybe I’ll share a few songs from my upcoming new album! I’m looking forward to it!”

McCreery’s induction date will be announced soon.

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