Scotty McCreery Reflects On His Upcoming Opry Induction: ‘A Day I’ve Dreamt About For A Long, Long Time’ [Exclusive]

The country star is “pumped” and “slightly nervous” for his big night.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 17, 2024


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Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray

In just a few short days, Scotty McCreery will fulfill a lifelong dream when he officially becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This moment is one the chart-topping star has been dreaming about for years, and he admits that he’s feeling not only “excited” for the big night, but also a bit anxious. 

“I’m pumped…Slightly nervous, but it’s a day I’ve dreamt about for a long, long time and never really knew if it would ever happen,” McCreery, 30, told us over Zoom earlier this month. “You never know if you’re going to get the call or not, but I’ve always dreamed that it would happen one day, so it’s just been so cool.”

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Courtesy The Grand Ole Opry
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Courtesy The Grand Ole Opry

The “Cab In A Solo” singer will step into the Opry Circle on Saturday, April 20 for his induction. This pivotal moment comes after he received a surprise invitation to become a member of the Opry from Garth Brooks in December. When he steps onto the stage on Saturday, his longtime musical hero, Josh Turner, will be there to make everything official. 

“The Opry has been amazing, and Garth being the guy to invite me and Josh Turner being there to do the induction…I’m just so thankful and so lucky and blessed.” 

Garth Brooks, Scotty McCreery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Courtesy The Grand Ole Opry
Garth Brooks, Scotty McCreery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Courtesy The Grand Ole Opry

What Does Becoming An Opry Member Mean To McCreery?

For McCreery, who said becoming a member of the Opry was one of his career goals from the start, being a member is about more than just a title. 

“I’ve got such an appreciation for the Opry and the history, not just with the artists, but just what they’ve done for country music as a whole,” he explained. “So just to always be a part of that family. It is a huge, huge deal for me.”

A Room Full Of Friends and Family

McCreery’s Opry induction night will host not only a room full of fans but also members of the singer/songwriter’s family and close friends from North Carolina. 

“There’s a lot of folks coming over, so I’m going to try and say hey to everybody. I’m not sure I can do that, but it’s been very sweet,” he shared. “Some of my buddies that have been my best friends since I was two… I mean they love what I do, but at the same time they couldn’t care, that kind of thing, but they kind of all texted me separately like, ‘Hey man, we can’t miss this. We’re getting tickets and we’re booking flights just to be there.’ So it is really cool. And it makes you feel good when your family and friends want to be there to support you.” 

Scotty McCreery - Rise and Fall
Scotty McCreery – Rise and Fall

New Album Drops On May 10

Just a few short weeks later, on May 10, McCreery will experience another career highlight with the release of his fifth studio album, Rise and Fall. This project is his most personal record to date and is something he’s very proud of. 

During our conversation, he admitted it’s his “favorite album” he’s ever made and said he hopes his fans enjoy listening to it as much as he enjoyed writing it. 

Rise and Fall features 13 tracks, including the chart-climbing single, “Cab In A Solo.” McCreery had a hand in writing every song but one – “Hey Rose.” 

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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.