Scotty McCreery To Be Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry By ‘Hero’ Josh Turner

McCreery says this is “beyond what I could have ever dreamed.”  

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 15, 2024

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Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner; Photos by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

A date has been set for Scotty McCreery‘s official Grand Ole Opry induction and it’s been revealed that his musical hero, Josh Turner, will be on hand to welcome him into the Grand Ole Opry family. 

When Will Scotty McCreery Be Inducted Into The Opry?

On Thursday morning, just weeks after McCreery was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by longtime Opry member Garth Brooks, the coveted Nashville institution revealed that McCreery’s official induction will take place on Saturday, April 20 during the 7 pm Opry show.

The “Cab In A Solo” singer will be inducted by Opry Member Josh Turner at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. 

This will be a full-circle moment for McCreery, who famously auditioned for Season 10 of American Idol with Josh Turner’s hit “Your Man.” For years, McCreery’s deep, baritone vocals have been compared to those of Turner and now, he will be the one to welcome him to the Opry family on what will surely be one of the most memorable nights in McCreery’s life so far. 

A Dream Come True Moment

“It has been my longtime goal to be worthy of Opry membership,” McCreery, 30, shared in a statement. “I am overjoyed to join this prestigious family that is the heart of country music. To be invited by my hero Garth Brooks and to be inducted by another hero Josh Turner is beyond what I could have ever dreamed.”  

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

Surprise Invitation Came From Garth Brooks

The North Carolina native was left stunned when Brooks appeared on stage to deliver the surprise invitation in December. “Holy cow. Yes, I would love to,” McCreery said from the stage. “I grew up listening to your records Garth and you’re a part of what made me want to do this for a living and didn’t think that dream would become a reality, but it is because of all of y’all sitting in this house tonight. God bless y’all.”

He later continued, “When I got started doing this people asked, ‘what are your goals.’” 

With his voice noticeably cracking with emotion McCreery shared, “and I’d say ‘one day I’d like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”

As the news began to sink in, McCreery bent down and reached out to the wooden circle at the center stage of the Opry. This iconic spot has been graced by many of his idols and colleagues.

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

Headlining Tour Underway

Before his Opry induction, the country hitmaker will continue to headline his Cab in a Solo Tour, which kicked off with three consecutive sold-out shows at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio, Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana, Indiana, and DPAC at Durham, North Carolina. 

He continues to make an impact with his latest single, “Cab in a Solo,” which has become his fastest-rising single ever.

While he has yet to unveil specific details surrounding his highly anticipated new album, the Triple Tigers recording artist recently shared two brand-new, buzzed-about tracks, “Can’t Pass The Bar” and “Love Like This.” 

If these new songs are any induction of what’s to come, it’s safe to say McCreery has a few more No.1 hits on his hands in the near future.    

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.