Scotty McCreery skated to stardom as the deep-voiced kid on American Idol. His twang and bass vocal inspired nostalgic memories of some country greats, and his recent medley of country classics on the Grand Ole Opry stage proves why.
McCreery performed at the Grand Ole Opry back in July, but now fans who weren’t there get a chance to see his impressive mash up. He sang five tunes from throughout country’s history, including songs from Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash.
Scotty McCreery opened the performance with Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’,” and he nailed it. He then transitioned to Randy Travis’ classic, “Forever And Ever Amen.” Since McCreery is a well-documented Travis fanatic, you know that one meant a lot to him – especially on the Opry stage.
It’s been an interesting road for McCreery. The singer first won hearts as a throwback country voice in 2011. His first singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” proved he had the chops, too.
But just as he stepped into the limelight, country music took its bro country plunge. Instead of seeing his career follow the path of somebody like Josh Turner, McCreery released a second album that tried to compete with the goobery tendencies of acts like Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.
Ultimately, it didn’t get the response his label hoped for. A shakeup at the top meant McCreery left his label Mercury in early 2016, but things are looking up. The singer signed a new deal with newly formed Triple Tigers in Aug. 2017 and released a song called “Five More Minutes,” which won praise from fans and critics alike as a return to form.