When Scotty McCreery first discovered the genre of country music, there was one man who almost single handedly made him fall in love with it.
Randy Travis and McCreery hail from the same home state of North Carolina, which inspired the young singer that becoming a famous country singer was actually a possibility.
“When I was younger, I played his songs on my guitar almost every night before going to sleep. Knowing that he was also from North Carolina showed me it was possible to follow my own dreams,” he told Rare Country.
At the 50th Annual CMA Awards McCreery met his hero and took to Instagram to document the special moment.
This was my CMA award tonight! Yall have no idea how big of a deal this was to me. Little scotty used to sit on the end of his bed with a guitar playing three wooden crosses, forever and ever amen, 1982, diggin up bones and so many other randy travis songs till 2 in the morning. This man, as much as anyone, really inspired me to sing country music. What an honor it was to meet him tonight! #NorthCarolina #CountryMusic
McCreery sang Travis' hit "1982" at the Grand Ole Opry a few months ago and the performance impressed Travis so much, he reached out to McCreery.
"Randy wasn’t there, but somehow he heard about it and tweeted me later that night," he told Rare Country. "In the tweet he mentioned that he was a fan of my voice. That was unreal…that one of my heroes was a fan of my voice!”
Since the two have a new budding friendship, and are huge fans of each other, it only makes sense that McCreery was one of the names added to the star-studded tribute to Travis called 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis.
The tribute concert will take place on February 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and will also feature Travis Tritt, James Dupre, Joe Nichols, the Bellamy Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Janson and so many more.
The first time we heard McCreery sing a Randy travis song, was when he was competing on American Idol. Enjoy his performance of "I Told You So" below.
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