Scotty McCreery’s Emotional Hit ‘Five More Minutes’ Inspires New Hallmark Christmas Movie

Scotty McCreery’s chart-topping hit, “Five More Minutes,” inspired a new Christmas movie and it’s set to debut this November.  According…


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October 24, 2021

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Scotty McCreery’s chart-topping hit, “Five More Minutes,” inspired a new Christmas movie and it’s set to debut this November. 

According to Billboard, the film, dubbed Five More Minutes, will debut on Nov. 20 at 10 pm ET on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

While the American Idol alum won’t appear in the movie, he is credit as executive producer on the film. 

Five More Minutes stars Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones and follows the storyline of a woman whose Christmas wish is answered unexpectedly after her late grandfather’s journal surfaces and reveals an untold romance. 

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McCreery co-wrote “Five More Minutes” with Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell. The track appears on his 2018 album, Seasons Change

The emotional track was the North Carolina native’s very first No.1 single on both Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart and Billboard Country Airplay Chart.

“I have believed in this song since the day I wrote it with Frank and Monty, and I am thrilled that the fans have believed in it as well,” McCreery previously shared in a statement. “This song was inspired by the passing of my grandfather, and I feel him with me every time I sing it. As I’ve said many times, it is my favorite song I’ve ever written.” 

McCreery isn’t the only country artist whose song has inspired a Hallmark Christmas movie. 

Blake Shelton’s “Time for Me to Come Home,” from his 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, inspired not one – but three – Hallmark Christmas movies: Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas in 2018, Time for You to Come Home for Christmas in 2019, and Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas in 2020. 

McCreery recently released his new album, Same Truck, and is climbing the charts at country radio with his latest single, “Damn Strait.” 

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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.