Why Scotty McCreery’s Recent Vacation Was ‘Bittersweet’

McCreery and his wife, Gabi, enjoyed an “unreal” trip to Curaçao, but he admits it was tough to leave their son, Avery, behind.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 10, 2024

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Scotty McCreery, Gabi; Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery, Instagram

Scotty McCreery recently returned from a tropical, adults-only vacation with his wife and a group of friends. While the trip was absolutely “unreal,” the country star admits it was also “bittersweet” because he and his wife, Gabi, had never left their 17-month-old son for an extended period of time. 

Adults-Only Vacay

The “Cab In A Solo” singer told Country Now that he and Gabi traveled with a group of friends with children around the same age as Avery, so they were “all kind of in the same boat.” He even admitted that they spent a lot of time away talking about their kids, something that a lot of parents can certainly relate to. 

“It was bittersweet to leave him,” McCreery confessed but assured us the grandparents fully enjoyed spending extra time with their little man. “Me and Gabi had never left Avery together for, it was a five-day trip, but the grandparents had him and they were loving life getting to be with Avery.” 

A “Zen Moment”

The couple’s trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao offered a welcome amount of downtime before things amp up for the North Carolina native leading into his upcoming Opry induction and album release. 

“The next six weeks for me are just going to be ridiculous schedule-wise with the album coming out and the tour schedule and the Opry, everything, it is all good stuff. It’s busy,” he explained. “So this was kind of like a little zen moment and then [I’ll] hit the ground running. So it was fun.”  

Upcoming Opry Induction and Album Release

In the midst of his headlining Cab In A Solo Tour, McCreery will make his way to Nashville to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His longtime musical hero, and now friend, Josh Turner, will be on hand to induct him into the Opry family on Saturday, April 20. 

Scotty McCreery - Rise and Fall
Scotty McCreery – Rise and Fall

Then, just a few weeks later, McCreery will release his highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Rise and Fall. Dropping on May 10, this project includes 13 tracks, 12 of which McCreery co-wrote, and serves as his most authentic work to date. 

“I know every artist says it, but this is truly my favorite album I’ve made so far,” he previously shared. “I wanted to create an album that reflected the music I grew up on and wasn’t chasing trends. So, I brought several of my songwriting buddies to the mountains of North Carolina to sit down and write a full-on country album that told a story, start to finish, and spoke to my soul.”

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In the weeks leading up to the official album release date, McCreery has given fans a taste of what’s to come with early releases of tracks such as “Slow Dance,” “Can’t Pass The Bar,” and “Love Like This.”  The singer/songwriter described the reaction to his new songs as “overwhelming,” and revealed that has already been debuting some of them to fans during his live performances.

“Every artist says it, but it’s by far my favorite album I’ve made. Every song I enjoy, I still enjoy listening to it now, the 1000th time that I’ve been listening to ’em and they’re fun to sing,” he added. “So hopefully people enjoy it. As much as I enjoy writing it. I mean, everything felt right making this record.” 

Rise and Fall will be released in its entirety on May 10, 2024. Scotty McCreery will celebrate the release with a concert in Holland, MI.

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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.