Scotty McCreery Pens Heartfelt Letter to Wife, Gabi, Upon Celebrating New Career Milestone

“Wouldn’t want to do life with anyone else,” McCreery sweetly shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 30, 2021


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With “You Time” clinching the No.1 spot at country radio this week, Scotty McCreery is celebrating a new career milestone with an impressive four consecutive chart-topping singles. 

The North Carolina native was inspired to write the song in the midst of the early stages of his marriage to his wife, Gabi. His longtime love also stars in the “You Time” music video, making her role in the success of the song that much sweeter. 

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McCreery took to social media to share a hearfelt message with Gabi upon learning that the song reached No.1 on the charts. 

“2.5 years ago our lives were as busy as ever,” the American Idol winner began. “I was on the road, and you were working at the hospital. For a couple that had just been married, it seemed like we never got to see each other.”

He went on to recall the date he wrote “You Time” alongside Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis and the impact that his wife had on the lyrics. 

“So on March 6th, 2019 I wrote a song called ‘You Time’ about how I wanted the world to slow down so we could spend more time together (I really didn’t mean for the universe to take that song so literally..🙃🤦🏻‍♂️),” he joked, referencing the events of 2020.


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“But through this last year and a half, as awful as the circumstances have been, one of the silver linings has been being able to actually spend every day together so young in our marriage. I never thought we would get that time until we were both retired,” he continued. “I’m sure there were days you were more than ready for me to get back on the road, but I can truly say I loved all that time we got together. We grew so much and learned what teamwork is really all about. Wouldn’t want to do life w/ anyone else. Love you, Gabi!”

The country hitmaker closed his post by thanking country radio, his fans and team for helping make “You Time” a chart-topping success. 

McCreery is set to follow “You Time” with his brand new single, “Damn Strait.” 

Already a fan-favorite, “Damn Strait” is one of 12 tracks on the superstar’s new album, Same Truck

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The song finds McCreery tipping his hat to the legendary George Strait, with shout outs to some of his most iconic songs. 

The opening line references Strait’s  “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” and throughout the song he mentions “Marina Del Rey,” “Baby Blue,” “Blue Clear Sky,” “Give It Away,” and “I Hate Everything.” 

“Damn Strait” is one of two songs McCreery didn’t have a hand in writing for his just-released album. 

Scotty McCreery is taking his new music on the road this fall, with tour dates planned through mid-November. 

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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.