Scotty McCreery Welcomes The Holiday Season With His First Christmas Song In Over A Decade, ‘Feel Like The Holidays’

The festive tune reflects a true holiday classic with a country music flair.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 25, 2023


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Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Scotty McCreery is getting fans in the tinsel-hanging, jingle-bell-ringing spirit with his new, original song, “Feel Like the Holidays.”

Penned by Bobby Hamrick, Derek George, Frank Rogers, Jeremy Bussey and Monty Criswell, this enchanting tune marks McCreery’s first holiday release in 11 years, following 2012’s Christmas with Scotty McCreery collection.

“Feel Like The Holidays” Is Out Now

“I love Christmas and Christmas music, so I’m thrilled to release ‘Feel Like the Holidays’ today,” McCreery shared in a statement. “It’s got such a classic Christmas song vibe and puts you right in the mood for the holiday season. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed recording it.” 

Feel Like The Holidays Cover Art
Feel Like The Holidays Cover Art

The song begins with the American Idol alum describing what the shift into the holiday season looks like in various states around the country, from gift shopping on Chicago’s Michigan Ave to ice skating in New York’s Rockefeller Center and spotting the decorated palm trees along the Florida State Road A1A.

“They’re hanging up tinsel in the windows on Michigan Avenue / And ice is freezing on the rink at Rockefeller Center, too / Lights going up on the palm trees down on A1A / It’s starting to feel / It’s starting to feel like The Holidays,” McCreery delivers in the opening verse. 

An Instant Christmas Classic

Creating a warm listening experience with his charming baritone vocals, Scotty McCreery joyfully anticipates the month of December while the sounds of sleigh bells, a saxophone, and the steel guitar evoke all the nostalgia of a classic Christmas tune with an added country music flair. 

The song continues as he sings, “I love this time of year / I love when it gets here, my dear / We’re getting closer just around the corner / It’s just around the corner / I think I’ll hang up the mistletoe if that’s okay / It’s starting to feel / It’s starting to feel like The Holidays.”


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While it’s been several years since the release of McCreery’s last holiday song, he has still been very much involved in the festive season. In 2021, the country star’s chart-topping hit, “Five More Minutes” inspired an original Hallmark Christmas film of the same name. The following year, his No.1 single influenced a second movie titled Five More Minutes: Moments Like These.

While McCreery doesn’t make an appearance in either movie, he is credited as executive producer on the original film. 

“Cab in a Solo” Climbing The Charts

“Feel Like the Holidays” comes hot on the heels of the success of the North Carolina native’s latest single, “Cab in a Solo.” Upon its debut on airwaves, the heartbreak tune garnered him the most first-week adds at country radio (120) of his career and now continues to quickly move up the charts at country radio.

“Wow! I’ve been doing this now for twelve years, and this is the largest add week I’ve ever had and it’s the first time I’ve had the most added song on my first week,” McCreery shared in a statement upon hearing the exciting news. “Thank you country radio for all your support both now and through the years, and thanks to the Triple Tigers promotion team. I’ll be drinking cab in a solo tonight!”

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Written by McCreery, Frank Rogers and Brent Anderson and produced by Rogers, Derek Wells, and Aaron Eshuis, the nostalgia-laced tune centers around the story of a man who witnesses his ex moving on with someone new after a failed attempt to win her over once again.

“Sittin’ here, I can’t believe what I just saw / Couple shadows kissin’ on the bedroom wall / It’s lookin’ like my plan didn’t work out at all / Heartbreak turned into broke up / So now I’m findin’ out how a heartbreak taste / With a Silver Oak, 1998 / Drinkin’ cab in a solo / Solo in the cab of my truck,” he sings on the chorus. 

Headlining Tour

Soon, Scotty McCreery will get to bring this new song and more to fans across the country as he prepares to embark on his 2024 headlining “Cab in a Solo Tour.” The tour, produced by Live Nation, opens at Hobart Arena in Troy, OH on Jan. 26 and runs through March with direct support from Anne Wilson as well as Greylan James and Noah Hicks on select dates. 

To see a full list of upcoming dates, visit Scotty McCreery’s official website. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.