Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying his dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, country superstar Scotty McCreery has been able to make a career out of what he loves to do! And, he can now reflect on his journey and see how far he has come.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for McCreery, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape him into who he is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on McCreery throughout his life.
First album purchased: Probably would’ve been Elvis Presley’s Greatest Hits record when I was five or six.
First concert attended as a fan: I think it was George Strait, Reba and Lee Ann Womack, which is an amazing first concert.
First musical inspiration: Elvis without a doubt, for some reason my Grandma played him to me when I was young, young and he just stuck. That’s all I listened to as a kid.
First musical memory: Probably getting my first guitar and learning “Sweet Home Alabama.” That was one of my first songs I remember learning in like second grade. I played it at our chorus talent show kind of thing for everybody. That’s probably one of the earliest ones I could remember.
First show i’ve ever played: First show I ever played like with full band and everything, I think would’ve been a private gig we did right after Idol at Disney world for I think it was a gas company and I remember being so nervous cause on Idol you know you sing one song and then that might be it or you get like 20 minutes off and go sing another song and this is like the first time I had to put like 15 songs back to back and talk in between songs. I was scared to death.
First celebrity/musician crush: First celebrity crush would have probably been Jennifer Anniston, watching Friends growing up, I don’t know about musician crush, maybe Shania Twain or something like that.
First job: I was at an auto shop, changing oil and changing tires and stuff. I didn’t last too long there but that was my first paycheck I ever got.
First song you’ve ever written or released: First song I ever wrote and released was “See You Tonight.” First one I think I ever wrote was, just by myself, a full on song called “Can’t Handle This Cowboy.” (laughs) Ugh, It was so bad.
First time you felt you made it: Honestly, the first time I felt like I made it was when “Five More Minutes” when No. 1 in I guess that was 2018, I think it was. I know I did a lot of cool stuff coming off of Idol and stuff but I always told myself ‘Man, you’ll know you’ve really made it when you get a No. 1 song on country radio.’ So that was a big moment for me.