It will be more than "Five More Minutes"-closer to more than 10,000 minutes-when country artist Scotty McCreery will "See You Tonight" as he makes his debut June 28 at Lakes Jam, a three-day music fest at Brainerd International Raceway, north of Brainerd and Baxter.
McCreery, who won Season 10 of the American Idol competition, will perform at 8 p.m. during country night, before country headliner Justin Moore, who is releasing his fifth studio album "Late Nights And Longnecks" July 26.
According to Essential Broadcast Media in Nashville, Tenn., the last couple of years have been strong for McCreery, where he achieved two back-to-back No. 1 hits "Five More Minutes" and "This Is It" and just released a new single "In Between." His album "Seasons Change" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with one of the strongest first weeks for a country music album in recent memory. For the first time, McCreery was featured as a songwriter on every track, making the album his personal testament to navigating life in his early 20s and earning him awards for his songwriting through Nashville Songwriters Association International and Broadcast Music, Inc., the Nashville company stated.
To date, McCreery has sold more than three million albums, achieved four platinum and two gold singles, and earned both an American Country Music and Country Music Television awards.
McCreery took a break June 13 during his tour, calling from a casino in Granite Falls to talk to the Dispatch about his upcoming show at Lakes Jam. He said Lakes Jam fans will have a good time and should enjoy a high energy show. The North Carolina native will play songs from his albums, and also throw in a few covers from country stars who influenced him, such as Elvis Presley, George Strait and Garth Brooks.
McCreery said he grew up singing in the church choir, and learned how to play the guitar at 10 years old. He got hooked on music early on in his life and said music has since been in his blood. He said his mother "sounds like Karen Carpenter and sings like a bird," his father and sister sang in a choir and his grandfather played the harmonica.
"On a whim, I was a junior in high school and I always watched 'American Idol' and you never think your dream will turn into a reality," McCreery said. "To have a chance to do that, especially at such a young age and get to Nashville at 17 years old. I learned the ropes. After 'Idol' it wasn't easy. You have to grind, go meet people and learn your sound. Eight years later, we really kind of dived in and figured things out."
McCreery said being on "American Idol" helped get his name out on a national level. He was 16 when he auditioned for the show and turned 17 when he was named the winner of Season 10.
"It was pretty cool," McCreery said of his experience on "American Idol." "I was not expecting it, but we enjoyed our time on there."
When asked to describe his music, McCreery said, "The music I grew up listening to was definitely more traditional, so I try to incorporate some of those sounds into my music and themes, all while trying to stay current with today's country music. I try to blend a little of the old school and the new school sounds and blend it into my own sound."
McCreery said the biggest accomplishments in his career are his two No. 1 single hits-both of which are personal to him: "This is It" is an engagement song he wrote for his wife and "Five More Minutes" is a song he wrote for his grandfather. "Five More Minutes" also is one of the artist's favorite songs as it takes a person through life and all the memories people experience and how everyone wants more time to do the "good stuff."
McCreery plans to stay busy on tour this year to continue to get his name and music to the people. He'll be on the road about 150-plus days this year, and when he's not on tour he goes home to see his wife, Gabi, and his puppy, a yellow Labrador, named Moose.
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McCreery was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011 and he won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with "The Trouble with Girls" in 2012. He earned BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year twice in 2015 for "See You Tonight" and in 2018 for "Five More Minutes;" a Carolina Beach Music Award for National Dance/Shag Song of the Year for "Barefootin'" in 2018; and the NSAI Nashville Songwriter Award for One of the Top Ten Songs I Wish I'd Written for "Five More Minutes" in 2018.
McCreery also released his first book, "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream," in 2016.