Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal’s Love Story Is Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi Dugal go way back…all the way to kindergarten. After meeting McCreery in elementary school,…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 16, 2021


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Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi Dugal go way back…all the way to kindergarten.

After meeting McCreery in elementary school, Dugal would doodle hearts and “Mrs. Gabi McCreery” in her diary. Little did she know, she was predicting her future.

The pair officially began dating during their senior year of high school in Garner, North Carolina. They stuck by each other’s side throughout college and through the early years of McCreery’s musical career. (Dugal even made appearances in several of McCreery’s first music videos, including “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feelin’ It” and “Five More Minutes”)

In September 2017, McCreery proposed to Dugal while hiking near Grandfather Mountain.

“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” McCreery said at the time. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”

The pair returned to the mountains of North Carolina for their June 16, 2018 wedding where they exchanged vows at the Twickenham House & Hall in front of 200 guests.

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives. That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays,” the American Idol winner told People before the wedding. “I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

Footage from the couple’s picturesque wedding can be seen in McCreery’s “This Is It” music video.

Scotty and Gabi currently reside in North Carolina with their adorable dog, Moose. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.