Scotty McCreery Returns to “American Idol” Stage to Perform “Cab in a Solo”

It’s a special homecoming for Scotty McCreery

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion returned to the AI stage on Sunday to perform his single “Cab in a Solo.”

Scotty McCreeryThe North Carolina native, who dominated Season 10 all the way to the finale and then bested Lauren Alaina for the crown. has released five albums and gained entry into the Grand Ole Opry.

He returned to the American Idol stage to show off the vocal chops that won him the title in the first place.

McCreery released the breakup ballad “Cab in a Solo” in August 2023 as the lead single off his upcoming sixth studio album, Rise and Fall, which comes out on May 10.

The “Damn Strait” singer made lost love sound downright charming on the American Idol stage: So now I’m finding out how a heartbreak taste / With a Silver Oak, 1998 / Drinking cab in a solo / Solo in the cab of my truck.

McCreery, who was a wise-beyond-his-years teenager in 2011, is all grown up. He’s now a husband, a father, a hitmaker, and a Grand Ole Opry member.

But for some longtime fans of American Idol, his victory still “feels like yesterday.” “You’re my favorite AI grand winner..,” one X/Twitter user wrote.

“Cab in a Solo” climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Performing it on the stage where his career began was a surreal moment for McCreery.

More than that, though, the “I Love You This Big” singer couldn’t wait to offer some support to season 22’s top 10 contestants.

“I’m always happy to chat and help them any way I can. I mean, it’s a ringer they put you through on Idol,” McCreery told Country Now. “Any of those TV shows, not just Idol. It’s a lot at once and you’ve got to just do your best to get through it and sound good and pick great songs and look confident. If I can help, I love doing that stuff.”

Scotty McCreery Wins First-Ever CMT Music Awards Trophy for ““It Matters To Her” Digital-First Performance

Scotty McCreery is celebrating a special first…

The CMT Music Awards have been doled out, with the 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer earning his first-ever trophy at the awards show.

Scotty McCreeryAhead of the 2024 CMT Awards live show, McCreery – who rose to acclaim after winning the 10th season of American Idol – took home an early win for the CMT Digital-First Performance for his performance of “It Matters To Her” (from CMT Stages).

Joining from Zoom, McCreery accepted the award from Raleigh, North Carolina, gushing about his wife and mentioning his excitement for his upcoming induction to the Grand Ole Opry on April 20.

“Thank you CMT, the fans. What a nice little surprise. Thank you very much,” McCreery said.

McCreery won out over a roster of top contenders, including Chase Rice‘s Goodnight Nancy, Dylan Scott‘s Don’t Close Your Eyes, Megan Moroney‘s I’m Not Pretty, Nate Smith‘s Whiskey On You, Stephen Wilson Jr.‘s Year to Be Young 1994 and The CastellowsI Know It Will Never End.

McCreery’ wrote the song with Lee Thomas Miller and Rhett Akins. It was released on September 12, 2022 as the third single from his fifth studio album Same Truck.

McCreery told Music Mayhem magazine that the song was inspired by a conversation between him and Akins about their relationships with their wives. He also said that he was inspired by the music of Brooks & Dunn when composing it. McCreery’s wife, Gabi, also appears in the corresponding music video.

“It Matters to Her” peaked at number three on the Billboard Country Airplay chart dated June 10, 2023, becoming McCreery’s first single to miss the number one position since “Southern Belle” in 2015.

Here is a full list of CMT Music Awards winners.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”

DUO/GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Dan + Shay – “Save Me The Trouble”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Carly Pearce feat. Chris Stapleton – “We Don’t Fight Anymore”

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World
Ashley Cooke – “your place”

BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World
Warren Zeiders – “Pretty Little Poison”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)

CMT DIGITAL-FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Scotty McCreery – “It Matters To Her” (from CMT Stages)

Scotty McCreery Earns CMT Awards Nomination for “CMT Stages” Performance of “It Matters To Her”

Scotty McCreery is a special shout-out…

The CMT Music Awards nominations have been revealed, with the 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and American Idol winner earning a nod.

Scotty McCreeryMcCreery, who won his sole CMT Music Award in 2012 for USA Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls,” is nominated in the CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year for his CMT Stages performance of “It Matters To Her.”

Kelsea Ballerini will host the fan-voted award show, which airs live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 8:00-11:00 pm, ET/PT on CBS. The show will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Performers, presenters and additional details about the show will be announced soon.

Here are the nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration). Top 6 nominees from the first round of voting, will be announced on April 1. The final 3 nominees, from the second round of voting, will be announced on show day, April 7. Final voting will be determined via social media and announced as the final category during the live show.

  • Ashley McBryde – “Light On In The Kitchen”
  • Brandy Clark feat. Brandi Carlile – “Dear Insecurity”
  • Brothers Osborne – “Nobody’s Nobody”
  • Cody Johnson – “The Painter”
  • Darius Rucker – “Fires Don’t Start Themselves”
  • HARDY – “Truck Bed”
  • Jason Aldean – “Let Your Boys Be Country”
  • Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”
  • Jordan Davis – “Next Thing You Know”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Deeper Well”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)”
  • Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”
  • Mickey Guyton feat. Kane Brown – “Nothing Compares To You”
  • Parmalee – “Gonna Love You”
  • Tyler Childers – “In Your Love”
  • Zach Bryan – “Nine Ball”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist.

  • Ashley McBryde – “Light On In The Kitchen”
  • Gabby Barrett – “Glory Days”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Deeper Well”
  • Kelsea Ballerini –  “Penthouse”
  • Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”
  • Megan Moroney – “I’m Not Pretty”
  • Reba McEntire – “Seven Minutes In Heaven”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist.

  • Bailey Zimmerman – “Religiously”
  • Cody Johnson – “The Painter”
  • HARDY – “Truck Bed”
  • Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”
  • Jordan Davis – “Next Thing You Know”
  • Luke Combs – “Fast Car (Official Live Video)”
  • Morgan Wallen “Last Night (One Record At A Time Sessions)”

DUO/GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo or group; awarded to the artists.

  • Brothers Osborne – “Nobody’s Nobody”
  • Dan + Shay – “Save Me The Trouble”
  • Old Dominion – “Memory Lane”
  • Parmalee – “Girl In Mine”
  • The War And Treaty – “Have You A Heart”
  • Tigirlily Gold – “Shoot Tequila”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists.

  • Carly Pearce feat. Chris Stapleton – “We Don’t Fight Anymore”
  • Ella Langley feat. Koe Wetzel – “That’s Why We Fight”
  • Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan – “Cowboys And Plowboys”
  • Justin Moore & Priscilla Block – “You, Me And Whiskey”
  • Lukas Nelson + Promise of The Real feat. Lainey Wilson – “More Than Friends”
  • Mickey Guyton feat. Kane Brown – “Nothing Compares To You”
  • Old Dominion & Megan Moroney – “Can’t Break Up Now”

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World®
Best video from a female artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist.

  • Anne Wilson – “Rain In The Rearview”
  • Ashley Cooke – “your place”
  • Brittney Spencer – “Bigger Than The Song”
  • Tigirlily Gold – “Shoot Tequila”

BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World®
Best video from a male artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist.

  • Chayce Beckham – “23”
  • Tyler Childers – “In Your Love”
  • Warren Zeiders – “Pretty Little Poison”
  • Zach Bryan – “Oklahoma Smokeshow”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

  • Amber Riley – “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” (from CMT Smashing Glass)
  • Bret Michaels & Chris Janson – “Nothing But a Good Time” (from CMT Crossroads)
  • Carrie Underwood – “Hate My Heart” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
  • Cody Johnson – “Human” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
  • Dierks Bentley – “Drunk On A Plane” (from CMT Storytellers)
  • Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter – “Thinking ‘Bout You” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
  • Hozier & Maren Morris – “Take Me To Church” (from CMT Crossroads)
  • Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
  • The War And Treaty – “On My Own” (from CMT Smashing Glass)

CMT DIGITAL-FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance from a production, series or livestream created for CMT digital / social channels; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

  • Chase Rice – “Goodnight Nancy” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
  • Dylan Scott – “Don’t Close Your Eyes (Keith Whitley Cover)” (from CMT Digital Campfire Sessions)
  • Megan Moroney – “I’m Not Pretty” (from CMT Digital Campfire Sessions)
  • Nate Smith – “Whiskey On You” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
  • Scotty McCreery – “It Matters To Her” (from CMT Stages)
  • Stephen Wilson Jr. – “Year to Be Young 1994” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
  • The Castellows – “I Know It Will Never End” (from CMT Studio Sessions)

Scotty McCreery Releases New Single “Small Town Story”

Scotty McCreery is sharing a special story

The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican country music singer and former American Idol winner has released his new single “Small Town Story.”

Scotty McCreeryMcCreery’s latest single continues in his winning arc of songs pulled from chapters of his own life.

In this case, he chronicles his own small town story, from learning guitar and playing sports, getting his first truck and falling in love.

The song will be included on his upcoming deluxe version of his album Same Truck, out November 18.

Scotty McCreery Releases New Single “Nothin’ Right”

Scotty McCreery is proving he’s right

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champ has released the new single “Nothin’ Right.”

Scotty McCreeryIt’s the first release from McCreery’s upcoming deluxe version of his album Same Truck, due out on November 18.

The song, a dedication to be an overachiever at “doin’ nothing,” combines snappy percussion, drawling guitar and McCreery’s warm vocals to make this a sure-fire fan favorite.

Scotty McCreery Earns Fifth No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart with “Damn Strait”

Scotty McCreery is celebrating a Strait flush…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer’s latest track “Damn Strait” has risen to the No. 1 spot on the July 23-dated Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Scotty McCreery

That gives the former American Idol champion his fifth total and consecutive No. 1 on the chart.

In the tracking week ending July 17, the song drew 27.2 million audience impressions, according to Luminate.

McCreery has notably topped Country Airplay with each single that he has released since he signed with Triple Tigers Records in 2017.

“My first country music concert was George Strait, and along with my love for Elvis [Presley], he inspired me to become a country music singer myself,” says McCreery. “When I did American Idol, George called me and requested I sing his [1995] hit ‘Check Yes or No,’ and I still sing it from time to time in concert. Now, having my fifth straight No. 1 on a song that pays tribute to George, while at the same time being a classic country heartbreaker such as he might have sung, is such a full-circle moment that means the world to me. Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins wrote a clever song that reaches beyond name-dropping Strait hits to tell a meaningful story.”

“Damn Strait” is the sophomore single from McCreery’s album Same Truck, which arrived at its No. 10 high on Top Country Albums last October, marking the seventh top 10 for the Garner, N.C., native. He earned his third and most recent No. 1 set with Seasons Change in March 2018.

Same Truck lead single “You Time” became McCreery’s fourth Country Airplay No. 1 for a week last October. He first ruled Country Airplay with “Five More Minutes” (one week, March 2018) and led again with “This Is It” (two, February 2019) and “In Between” (one, June 2020).

McCreery first appeared on Country Airplay with the No. 15-peaking “I Love You This Big” in August 2011 and has posted two top 10s in addition to his No. 1s: “See You Tonight” (No. 8, March 2014) and “Feelin’ It” (No. 10, December 2014).

On the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart, “Damn Strait” ranks at No. 8, after hitting No. 6 in June. It drew 4.6 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending July 14.

Meanwhile, as the song crowns Country Airplay, it’s just the fourth No. 1 to namecheck another artist in its title. Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” his ode to Bruce Springsteen, was boss of the chart for two weeks in 2012; Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama, reigned for two frames in 2011; and Joe Diffie’s “Bigger Than the Beatles” topped the chart for two weeks in 1996. (Strait and Alabama boast 26 and seven No. 1s, respectively, since the survey began in 1990.)

Scotty McCreery’s “Five More Minutes” Getting Hallmark Television Movie Treatment

Scotty McCreery is getting five more minutes on television…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion’s 2018 Billboard Country Airplay chart-topper “Five More Minutes” will be getting the Hallmark television movie treatment.

Scotty McCreery

The song has inspired a movie by the same title, which will air on November 20 at 10:00 pm ET on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

In the movie, which stars Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones, a woman’s holiday wish is answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather’s journal is discovered, revealing a previously untold romance.

Though McCreery will not appear in the movie, he does serve as an executive producer on the project.

McCreery wrote “Five More Minutes” alongside Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, and the song was one of three consecutive No. 1 Country Airplay hits from McCreery’s 2018 album Seasons Change.

“It’s [about] my grandaddy. That’s my story, but I think people relate to every part of the song,” McCreery told Billboard of “Five More Minutes” in 2018.

In that same interview, McCreery also recalled a key moment when he realized the song stood a good chance of becoming a hit. “We sang [‘Five More’] live at the Grand Ole Opry, and kinda debuted it for the fans in [June] 2016, and I’ve never had a standing ovation at the Opry like that, period. Somebody said the other day, ‘The Opry crowd, they wanna sit. They don’t wanna stand up.’ Opry put it on their YouTube channel — we didn’t know they were gonna do it, and I woke up the next morning and I’m the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter and Facebook. I was like, ‘Crap, what did I do last night?’ Trying to jog my memory. Then I saw it was that video, and I was like, ‘Dang!’ It was getting shared like hotcakes. We had a good indication that it was gonna work [as a single].”

McCreery recently earned his fourth consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 hit with “You Time,” a single from his latest album Same Truck, which was released last month.

Scotty McCreery Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay 

Scotty McCreery is spending more (you) time at the summit…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion has earned his fourth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, as “You Time” rises to the top of the list dated October 2.

In the week ending September 26, the song increased by 8% to 27.7 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.

“You Time” is the lead single from McCreery’s new studio set Same Truck, which launches at No. 10 on Top Country Albums.

“I wrote this song with Frank [Rogers] and Aaron [Eshuis] in 2019, but it still feels brand new, McCreery tells Billboard. “Now that I’m back on the road, it’s been fun to see the audience get excited and dance when we play ‘You Time.’ It gets a great reaction from the crowd every night. I appreciate country radio for playing and supporting the song, my label [Triple Tigers] and management. Most of all, my gratitude is to the fans who are always there for me. Having ‘You Time’ hit No. 1 is a great way to celebrate 10 years of making music.”

McCreery, who won American Idol in 2011, first appeared on Country Airplay that June with the eventual No. 15-peaking “I Love You This Big.” “You Time” is his 12th entry; he’s notched all four of his leaders on Triple Tigers, where he signed in 2017.

McCreery first led Country Airplay for a week in March 2018 with “Five More Minutes.” He followed with “This Is It” (two weeks, February 2019, two weeks) and “In Between” (one week, June 2020).

Meanwhile, “You Time” enters the top 10 of the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart (13-8), with 3.6 million U.S. streams (up 17%) and 1,300 sold (up 17%), in addition to its airplay, in the week ending Sept. 23. It’s McCreery’s fourth top 10 on the tally.

 

Concurrently, “You Time” parent LP Same Truck rolls in at No. 10 on Top Country Albums, starting as McCreery’s seventh top 10. It enters with 10,000 equivalent album units, including 6,000 in album sales. The set follows Seasons Change, which opened atop the survey in March 2018 as his third No. 1.

Scotty McCreery Releases New Single “Why You Gotta Be Like That,” Inspired by Wife, Gabi

Scotty McCreery is losin’ his heart…

The 27-year-old part Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion gets his heart stolen all over again with a newly-released track, sharing the flirtatious fun of “Why You Gotta Be Like That.”

Scotty McCreery

Featuring an upbeat sway and a breezy, sunshine-country sound, the feel-good anthem captures a moment of unexpected and effortless romance. Getting caught off guard by his partner’s casual beauty, McCreery matches his rumbling baritone with a can’t-get-over-you chorus, and says the track was inspire by his wife, Gabi.

McCreery co-wrote “Why You Gotta Be Like That” with James McNair, and Jordan Schmidt, thinking back to an everyday moment that took his breath away.

“My wife Gabi and I had a date night the evening before I wrote ‘Why You Gotta Be Like That’ with James and Jordan. She came downstairs looking gorgeous as usual, and well … the song tells the rest of the story,” McCreery explains. “Writing with James and Jordan is always so much fun, and I think that genuine feeling comes through in the song as well.”

“Baby why you gotta wear them jeans / Hair down and a white tank top / Baby why you gotta be so mean / Looking so good, I can’t stop / My hands from touching your body / You know I love it but I got to ask / Baby why, baby why / Baby why you gotta be like that,” goes the smitten chorus hook.

Part of McCreery’s upcoming (but still unannounced) fifth album, the new track was released alongside McCreery’s current radio single “You Time,” which is now rising through the Top 15 on Mediabase/Country AircheckCountry Singles chart.

Both tunes speak to McCreery’s focus during the pandemic slowdown, which saw him writing songs and building his virtual performance skills. But he’s now back to using his chart-topping country baritone in person.

His You Time Tour began in June and continues through September, and in between those headlining dates McCreery will join Old Dominion for their Live from the Ballpark Tour, while also performing alongside Chris YoungBrooks & Dunn and more.

Scotty McCreery’s “In Between” Soars to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart

Make that three in a row for Scotty McCreery…  

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican country music singer and former American Idol champion hasnotched his third consecutive and total No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as “In Between” blasts from No. 8 to the top spot on the list dated June 27.

Scotty McCreery

In the tracking week ending June 21, McCreery’s song increased 25% to 26.7 million audience impressions. It drew its biggest gains on WIVK Knoxville, Tenn., WKHK Richmond, Va. (up 260,000 impressions); WNSH New York (up 247,000) and KSCS Dallas (up 235,000). 

The track’s 8-1 rise is the second greatest to the Country Airplay summit in the chart’s 30-year history. 

On the October 12, 1991-dated chart, another song with the word “between” in its title leapt 9-1: Ricky Van Shelton’s “Keep It Between the Lines.”