Scotty McCreery’s Grand Ole Opry Dream Comes True During Emotional Induction Ceremony

Opry members Josh Turner and Randy Travis were on hand to welcome McCreery into the Opry family.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 22, 2024


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Josh Turner and Scotty McCreery, with surprise guest Randy Travis; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry, photos by Chris Hollo

Scotty McCreery fulfilled a lifelong dream on Saturday night when he was welcomed as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry with two of his musical heroes, Josh Turner and Randy Travis

The North Carolina native was officially welcomed into the Opry family after performing his Top 6 and rising hit, “Cab in a Solo,” the track “Fall of Summer” from his upcoming new album, and Travis’ iconic “Three Wooden Crosses.”

“I stand here tonight proud of the fact that I bridged the gap between the generation of Randy Travis and Scotty McCreery,” Turner shared from the stage as Travis smiled next to him. “Only time will tell who will be inspired by Scotty.”

Turner then shared the chorus of George Jones’ “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and later added, “Scotty is not only a fine singer and a songwriter but he’s a great man, husband, and now father. I’m proud of him and I’m proud that he is filling the shoes of the artists before him. With artists like him, country music is in great shape.” 

McCreery then accepted the Opry Member Award from Turner and proceeded to make his way to the mic to share a genuine and heartfelt reaction to the life-changing moment. 

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

“If you’ve listened to any of my interviews over the last 15 years of doing this, they’d say, ‘What is your biggest goal?’ and I’d always say, ‘One day I wanna be a member of the Grand Ole Opry,’” McCreery marveled. “I gotta go home and start writing a new bucket list.”

Before performing one final song, McCreery took a moment to recognize his 18-month-old son, Avery, who was watching from the side of the stage. 

“He might not understand tonight but one day I’ll be able to tell him, ‘Hey buddy, this was your daddy’s dream and it came true,’” he said. 

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

McCreery closed out his performance with his emotional chart-topping hit, “Five More Minutes.”

After the show, he reflected on the evening and admitted, “This was a nice I’ll never forget.” 

“Last night was truly a dream come true,” the chart-topping star added. “I’ve always revered the Grand Ole Opry for its deep history, tradition, and what it’s meant to country music. I hoped one day, through a lot of hard work, I would one day be considered worthy of joining their amazing family. Last night that dream became reality.” 

The career milestones will continue for McCreery as he’s set to release his fifth studio album, Rise and Fall, on May 10. This collection of 13 songs is McCreery’s best yet. 

During a recent conversation with Country Now, 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. 

Scotty McCreery will celebrate the release of Rise and Fall with his return to the Grand Ole Opry on May 11.  The first 400 ticketholders who purchase the album in the Opry Shop that night will receive special access to an exclusive album release event, featuring an acoustic performance by McCreery immediately after the show in Studio A of the Opry House. 

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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.