Scotty McCreery Honors Late Friend With Touching Vince Gill Cover

Scotty McCreery is mourning the loss of his good friend, Yameer Greene. Greene, 26, was tragically killed in a car…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 23, 2020

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Scotty McCreery; Photo via Facebook

Scotty McCreery is mourning the loss of his good friend, Yameer Greene.

Greene, 26, was tragically killed in a car accident on Tuesday morning (July 21), when his vehicle was struck head-on by an oncoming car at a high rate of speed. According to WRAL-TV, Greene and the two passengers in the other vehicle died.

After learning of his friend’s untimely passing, McCreery took to social media to share a message to Yameer Greene.

“So many great memories with you that I will always hold on to. Everyone who knew you, loved you,” he wrote. “Rest easy. I cant wait to see you again one day.”

He later honored Greene with a stunning musical tribute.

“For my buddy Yameer. One of the kindest and brightest souls I’ve ever met,” McCreery wrote. “Everyone who knew him loved him. Love you and miss you man. Rest easy.”

The singer/songwriter went on to share a touching cover of Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

McCreery appeared to be overcome with emotion during his acoustic performance of the beloved track and at one point, it looked like he was holding back tears.

The former American Idol champ and Greene both graduated from Garner High School in Garner, North Carolina.

Click above to watch Scotty McCreery’s emotive musical tribute.

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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.