Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Scotty McCreery Admits That He Still Gets Emotional Singing “Five More Minutes”

Scotty McCreery revealed that he still gets emotional when he sings his song, “Five More Minutes.” McCreery’s admission came during an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show.

“I still get emotional with ‘Five More Minutes’ and I wrote the song seven years ago,” McCreery told Bones. The song honors McCreery’s late granddad and the country singer said how playing the song during a recent show prompted some reflection.

“A few nights ago we were playing a show with Brooks & Dunn in West Virginia, and my granddaddy who I wrote the song for, is from West Virginia. The whole time I’m singing it, I’m thinking, ‘Man, Granddaddy would totally be here right now, wearing his Mountaineer sweatshirt.’ I just kind of get lost in the lights above. It kind of got me. I get emotional all of the time,” McCreery said.

McCreery penned the song about his late granddad with Frank Rodgers and Monty Criswell, according to Everything Nash. McCreery said seeing his fans get emotional when he performs the song has made an impact on him and that he knew the song was special the day he, Rodgers, and Criswell wrote it. In addition, he said he thinks of both of his grandpas when he sings the song.

“With [‘Five More Minutes’], a few different times, because again … every night it’s special. You can look out in the crowd and there’s somebody tearing up, and that song means a lot to them,” the country singer shared. “I’m thinking of [the] good times [I had] with [both of my grandpas]. I’m missing them but I think when I’m singing it I’m reminiscing on [the] good times with them, and that’s what gets me.”

Despite loving the song so much when he wrote it, McCreery said he wasn’t sure if his fans would take to in the same way he had. 

“I’m not sure that I knew the audience reaction would be like that,” McCreery explained while chatting with Buddy Iahn on his podcast, The Music Universe. “I knew as soon as we wrote it, and I tweeted it out that day on Twitter — I said, ‘I think I just wrote my favorite song I’ve ever written.’ And that’s really how I felt and I think still do. It’s one of those songs where you kind of realize how much more alike we all are than different, because anybody at any point in their life, whether they’re young, middle-aged, old, they’ve all got those moments where they wish they could have five more minutes.”

“Whether it was a loved one that’s gone, passed on, or whether it’s just thinking back to little moments, like the front porch kiss in the song, and thinking of the high school days when you just graduated and now those days are over, there are so many little moments throughout life that I think anybody who listened can think to a moment in their own life where they wish they had that much time left,” he added.

McCreery’s song, “Five More Minutes” appeared on his 2018 album, Seasons Change. The “Damn Strait” singer is currently performing on the road and getting ready to welcome his first child, a son, with wife Gabi in November.

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