RANDY TRAVIS PAYS SURPRISE VISIT
TO SCOTTY McCREERY’S FIRST CONCERT OF 2017
No matter how good your Friday night was this weekend, it’s all but certain that Scotty McCreery had a better. January 27 was his first concert of 2017 and it was at the iconic Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth, Texas.
McCreery tells the story best in his own words from his Facebook post today:
“Y’all won’t believe this…45 minutes before my show last night at Billy Bob’s and there’s a knock on my bus door. My tour manager says, “Hey, Scotty come here,” so I walk up to the front of the bus, look out the window, and who is standing outside my door?! RANDY TRAVIS!!! He, his wife Mary and his family decided to ride over to the show and surprise me! Got to visit with them for a while before the show, and then they all sat on the side of the stage and watched the whole show!
The craziest thing about all of this though is five years ago before my first full solo show with my band, we had worked up ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ to sing. Right before that show however, for whatever reason we took the song out of our set list and never played it live over the years. But this year, we decided to put ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’ back into the set list, and last night was my first time ever performing that song live. And who just happened to show up, surprise me, and watch the whole show from the side of the stage?! Randy Travis. I’d say that’s a God thing! Definitely one of the coolest moments of my career to date is singing that song live, and looking over to my right and seeing him smiling ear-to-ear, dancing, and singing along with us!”
McCreery will see Travis again soon when he performs as part of the star-studded “Heroes and Friends: A Tribute to Randy Travis” event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Feb. 8.
Attached Photo (left to right): Randy Travis, Scotty McCreery, and Mary Travis
About Scotty McCreery
After winning “American Idol” in 2011, Scotty McCreery made history as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified Clear as Day, at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 album chart. The North Carolina native has gone on to see all three of his albums debut at No. 1 on a Billboard album chart, with current sales nearing 3 million copies. In addition to receiving both a Platinum and Gold album, he’s earned one Gold single and three Platinum singles, and achieved two Top Ten hits with “Feelin’ It” and “See You Tonight.” The latter song earned McCreery both his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015 and his first Music Row No. 1 Challenge Coin. He was named the ACM New Artist of the Year Award in 2011, and won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (“The Trouble with Girls”) in 2012; American Country Awards for new Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013; and Inspirational Country Music Award for Mainstream Country Male Artist of the Year in 2013. The readers of The Los Angeles Times voted him the “Best American Idol” in February 2016, while the readers of Nash Country Weekly Magazine ranked him as both Country Music’s Sexiest Man and Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor. In 2016, McCreery released his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, and won the Rare Country Award for Grand Ole Opry Moment for his performance of “Five More Minutes.” He will release new music later this year. For more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.