Scotty McCreery Documents His First Moments Of Fatherhood In New Song, ‘Love Like this’

McCreery wears his heart on his sleeve as he gives fans a look into his life as a first-time parent to his son, Avery.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 9, 2024


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Scotty McCreery with his wife, Gabi, and Son, Avery; Photo via Instagram

Scotty McCreery is in the midst of navigating his life as a first-time dad alongside his wife, Gabi, and with each new chapter that comes, the country star continues to document his experiences through music. Today (Feb. 9), McCreery puts his personal songwriting skills to the test once again with his brand-new song, “Love Like This.”

The North Carolina native has never shied away from putting his raw emotions on display in front of his loyal fan group and “Love Like This” is no different. It’s a tender display of memories all wrapped up into one mid-tempo tune laced with nostalgic elements and cheerful instrumentals. 

The Heartfelt Meaning Behind The Song

Scotty McCreery; Love Like This
Scotty McCreery; Love Like This

Pure joy emulates through McCreery’s baritone voice as he captures his journey to becoming a dad to his son, Merrick Avery McCreery, in the song which he co-wrote alongside Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis with Rogers, Derek Wells, and Eshuis serving as producers. 

“When I first laid eyes on you, that’s when I knew/ I’ve never known a love like this, I’ve never felt this way/ Girl, I think I might have thought I did/ But everything changed today/ ‘Cause I’m looking at you, looking at him/ And I don’t have a clue what this feeling is/ But watching you give our baby boy a kiss/ Now I know I’ve never known a love like this, no,” Scotty McCreery delivers on the chorus. 

He opens the track by describing all the things he loves in life, like “the mountains when the leaves start turning” and “the coast when the waves roll in.” However, he goes on to realize that after the birth of his son in October of 2022, nothing else compares to the love he now feels for him. As the song continues, he details the day Avery was born, from the time they left for the hospital to their room number and even the moment the nurse said, “do you wanna hold him?”

“Becoming a father is the greatest thing that’s happened to me,” shares McCreery. “Raising Avery as he grows and watching my wife Gabi be a rock star as his Mom has been the joy of my life these last 15 months. I knew I wanted to write a song about Avery. I even photographed the room number on the hospital door so I could put that into the lyrics.”

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Scotty McCreery Continues To Build Out His Next Album

This release comes hot on the heels of “Cab in a Solo,” McCreery’s fastest moving single ever that garnered the most first-week adds at country radio (120) of his career and continues to move quickly up the charts, currently sitting in the Top 15 on Mediabase and Top 20 on Billboard. Following “Cab in a Solo,” he dropped his newest barn burner, “Can’t Pass the Bar,” which offers a new side of his artistry as he steps away from the sentimental tunes to create a Friday night anthem. 

“I grew up loving ‘90s country music, especially the barn burning songs. I wanted one of my own, so I got together with some of my buddies and we wrote it,” McCreery shared of the new song. 

Cab In A Solo Tour 2024 Is Underway

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Anthony Weber
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Anthony Weber

Each of these new releases plus “Love Like This” have already become an audience favorite on McCreery’s headlining Cab in a Solo Tour. The trek launched Friday, Jan. 26 at Troy, Ohio’s Hobart Arena and continues this weekend with shows in Des Moines, IA (Feb. 9) and Omaha, NE (Feb. 10).

McCreery is joined by Anne Wilson as direct support as well as Greylan James and Noah Hicks on select dates. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will continue across the U.S. through mid-March with stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Syracuse and more.  

Tickets for the Cab in a Solo Tour are on sale now at

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.