Scotty McCreery To Be Inducted Into The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame: ‘I Am Truly Thankful’

McCreery says the honor is “surreal.”


Lexi Liby

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May 30, 2023


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Scotty McCreery; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Scotty McCreery and five other artists will soon be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. 

In addition to McCreery, Betty Davis, Bill “Fatback” Curtis, Fetchin Bones, George Beverly Shea, and Loudon Wainwright III will also make up the 2023 class of inductees.  

The ceremony will take place on October 19, 2023 at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center in Mooresville, NC. It will feature each artist’s induction as well as performances from McCreery, Fetchin Bones, Wainwright and more. 

This induction is extra special for McCreery, who hails from the town of Garner, North Carolina. 

“Anyone that knows me knows how proud I am to be from North Carolina,” McCreery said in a release. “It is an honor to be recognized by the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and included with this great 2023 class of artists.  It’s also a bit surreal knowing I will be joining some of my musical heroes who are already in the Hall, such as Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, and James Taylor, as well as friends like Eric Church and Kellie Pickler. I am truly thankful.”

Other North Carolina Music Hall of Fame members include Tori Amos, Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, George Clinton, Church, John Coltrane, Daniels, Fantasia, Donna Fargo, Robert Flack, Ben Folds, Don Gibson, Andy Griffith, Stonewall Jackson, Big Daddy Kane, Ben E. King, Little Eva, Milsap, Thelonious Monk, Pickler, Tony Rice, Max Roach, Earl Scruggs, Nina Simone, Kate Smith, Taylor, John Tesh, Travis, Doc Watson, Merle Watson and more. 

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Dustin Downing, CMA
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Dustin Downing, CMA

McCreery has had many accomplishments throughout his music career. After rising to fame as the winner of American Idol in 2011, he became the first country artist, and youngest male artist of any musical format, to have his first album, “Clear as Day” debut at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. 

He has earned five consecutive No.1 hits and several Gold and Platinum albums and singles. He’s also sold out concerts all across the world.

McCreery has also secured an array of ACM, BMI, CMT, NSAI, and Carolina Beach Music Awards. 

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Additionally, he has executive produced two Hallmark movies based on his first No. 1 hit song, the RIAA Triple-Platinum certified “Five More Minutes.”

McCreery is currently rising up the charts with his new single, “It Matters to Her,” from his Same Truck: The Deluxe Album. 

The song was co-written by Scotty McCreery alongside Lee Thomas Miller and Rhett Akins. McCreery was inspired to write the track after being married to his wife, Gabi, for four years. 

Scotty McCreery - Same Truck The Deluxe Album
Scotty McCreery – Same Truck The Deluxe Album

“I’ve learned a few things. This song sums up some of those lessons,” he explained on social media when announcing the track as his latest single. 

On the chorus, McCreery sings: “When you think she don’t see / When you think she don’t care / When you think she don’t notice / What you’re doing there / Every little look / Every single word / Oh, it matters to her.”

The singer/songwriter added a personal touch to the “It Matters To Her” music video, which showcases his life at home with Gabi and their journey as first-time parents to their son, Merrick “Avery,” who arrived on October 24, 2022. 

Click below to re-live the video. 

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Fans can catch Scotty McCreery on accompanying Brooks and Dunn on their REBOOT 2023 Tour throughout the summer. He also has several headlining dates on the books as well as performances at a number of fairs and festivals.

To view a complete list of his upcoming tour dates, click HERE.

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Lexi Liby

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University, earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a certificate in social media. During my college years, I had the opportunity to publish a few pieces in my University’s newspaper, The Collegian, as well as create my own website. I’ve also previously interned for Country Insider, an iHeartMedia-owned country music industry newsletter. Through these experiences I developed high-level skills in writing, digital media, content creation and media relations.