Singer Scotty McCreery said he took a personal approach to his new single “Five More Minutes.”
“I wrote that song about the passing of my grandfather,” McCreery said in an interview with the Sun Herald.
Being vulnerable paid off for McCreery, as the song, which was released in May, earned him a slot on the Grand Ole Opry and the video has had millions of views.
“I’ve never had a song like this,” he said. “So many people are talking to me about it or sending me Tweets about how they can relate to it — one fan even got a tattoo of the lyrics.”
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McCreery will be bringing his new single to Biloxi on Friday when he returns to the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Tickets start at $34 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
McCreery won season 10 of “American Idol,” which launched him into the national country music scene in 2011. Since then, he’s sold almost three million albums and he has had three consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the charts. His debut album in 2011, “Clear As Day,” entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. He was the first country artist to open at No. 1 with a debut album.
“Man, I’m really looking forward to getting back to Biloxi,” McCreery said. “I have a lot of great fans down there.”
in 2016, McCreery released his first book, “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream,” which is a collection of stories about McCreery’s life and his pursuit of becoming a major country music star.
“The book has done a lot better than I could have expected,” he said. “It’s one of those things where we wanted to try and get my story out that’s different from music, and it gave me a chance to expand on some things that I haven’t gotten to do yet.”
If you go
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino at 875 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi
8 p.m. Friday, July 20
Tickets start at $34 and are available at Ticketmaster.com