(Left) Scotty McCreery's Official Website (Right) Donna Shoaf / Facebook
Scotty McCreery was born on October 9, 1993 in Garner, North Carolina. The American Idol winner and “Damn Strait” singer has always been proud to be from North Carolina.
McCreery’s home state shared the love in return by inducting him into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 19. The ceremony took place at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center.
Other than McCreery, the 2023 class of inductees included Loudon Wainwright III, George Beverly Shea, Betty Davis, Bill “Fatback” Curtis, and Fetchin Bones. Past members include country music legends such as Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, and Earl Scruggs.
McCreery addressed his inclusion in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in a statement on his official website. He said:
“If you know me, you know how much I love my home state of North Carolina. There are so many great musical talents from all genres that have come from our state, and I am honored to be inducted alongside them in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. I have so many musical heroes already in this Hall. This is very special to me and an honor I will always treasure.”
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McCreery’s grateful attitude carried over in an interview he gave to Adam Wurtzel of the Charlotte-based news station WCCB:
“It’s unreal man, I gotta tell you. A lot of my heroes are in this hall. So for me, I’m not even sure if this was a dream. I’m not even sure I ever thought to think like this. I just love music, and I love that I get to sing country music, and it just blows my mind that I’m even here…”
McCreery’s hometown of Garner honored him with a video celebrating his many accomplishments. They shared that video on Facebook. It includes clips of people McCreery knows from growing up in Garner:
“He was always destined to do something with music, even if it was just for fun…” said Beth Palmieri, the music teacher at Timber Drive Elementary School.
“Scotty was a real good example of having some really good lofty goals as a young student that a lot of people…would have thought weren’t obtainable,” said Derek Goffena, the baseball coach at Garner Magnet High School. “But he worked hard as a musician, as a student, as an athlete…to make them all work.”
“...he loved country music, no matter what, he loved country music, and aspired to sing country music.” said Beth Hunnicutt, the Worship Leader at the First Baptist Church of Garner. “But to think when somebody’s 13 or 14…that he’s gonna go on and do what he’s done today, is pretty amazing.”
Over the course of his career, McCreery has earned five number one singles and several other Top 10 hits. He performed a few of those hits during the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
McCreery delivered acoustic performances of his #1 songs “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” and “Damn Strait.” He also performed his latest single, “Cab in a Solo.” The track led McCreery to earn the most first-week adds of his career at country radio, a total of 120. It continues to make a steady climb up the charts.
Head below to watch a video the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame shared of Scotty McCreery singing “Five More Minutes” during the ceremony. Congratulations to him on this outstanding accomplishment…he deserves it!