Scotty McCreery Opens Up About Prioritizing Life For His Son Avery: “I Wanna Be There For My Kid”

“The power of saying ‘no’ to some things is becoming a big thing for me,” Scotty McCreery explained.

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Posted on May 3, 2023

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Scotty McCreery And His Son Merrick Avery McCreery; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Scotty McCreery has had to learn the power of saying “no” after welcoming his son Avery into the world. But that doesn’t mean the country music singer is saying that word to his little one. 

“I Wanna Be There For My Kid”

Now that he’s a dad, Scotty McCreery has had to shift his priorities, which means, these days, he picks and chooses which opportunities to attend and what gigs outside of home life will fit into his schedule.

“The power of saying ‘no’ to some things is becoming a big thing for me,” the singer, who recently teamed up with UScellular for their Locally Grown, Locally live music campaign, tells US Magazine. “Realizing, ‘Hey man, you’re a father now.’ I wanna be there for my kid.” 

“We’re still busy. I’m still working my tail off,” he insists. “But we’re not saying ‘yes’ to everything like I used to always do. I gotta have time with my kid. I gotta have time with my family. So, that has changed a lot.”

Scotty McCreery Baby Proofed His Tour Bus

To make his career and dad-life run more smoothly the Season 10 American Idol winner has recently made baby-safe upgrades to his tour bus. That way, Avery can be in tow for his daddy’s tours. And, in January, McCreery hit the road as part of his Damn Strait Tour with his bundle of joy and wife Gabi McCreery by his side. The change was a big one too as McCreery had been touring with his band and crew for a decade.

“One of the bunks is now a crib ­­­— where he can’t roll out,” McCreery says about the upgrade that tends to his son’s needs. “We try to bring all his stuff from home out there on the road too, so his toys and his mats, so, he kind of has those same smells and sounds and sights that he gets in his nursery too.”

“I love the road, but I do get to miss home. I get to miss him, the wife, so, this is selfishly, it’s huge for me and hopefully for them too, that we all get to hang together and have a year together on the road,” McCreery added. 

Scotty McCreery And Son Avery; Photo Courtesy of Stephanie McKendrick Graham
Scotty McCreery And Son Avery; Photo Courtesy of Stephanie McKendrick Graham

Merrick Avery McCreery Was Born In October Of 2022

Avery (born Merrick Avery McCreery) arrived a healthy boy on Oct. 24, 2022, 11 days before his due date. And, now that he’s nearly six months old, McCreery and Gabi have gotten used to being mom and dad 24/7. In fact, they’ve hardly had the chance to enjoy a date night together. 

“I feel like our times are crazy right now in all the best ways, you know? The last four or five months have been incredible just watching our little boy grow,” McCreery said. “We’ve had one [date] since having Avery. The grandparents came over and watched him while we went out to eat, and it was just nice. We love to eat and love to drink a nice glass of wine. I think we were both enjoying the time away, but we’re also wanting to get back to Avery.”

Scotty McCreery, Gabi McCreery, Son Merrick Avery McCreery; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Scotty McCreery, Gabi McCreery, Son Merrick Avery McCreery; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Speaking of getting back to Avery, McCreery previously shared that he has been writing songs that relate to the joys of being a new father. And fans can be sure to find tunes that center around his new role and child on his next project, which will follow the deluxe version of McCreery’s Same Truck album.

McCreery Hope To Sing A Duet With His Son In The Future

In addition, McCreery even hinted at the possibility of Avery one day joining him on a song in the future. 

“I hum to him nonstop. I can’t stop singing, he seems like he’s trying to go along with me,” McCreery said, gushing. “Maybe at some point, down the road, he can join Daddy for a duet, I see a little music in him, for sure.”

McCreery’s Damn Strait Tour, which kicked off on Jan. 20 in Oklahoma will wrap up on April 30. After that, McCreery will join Brooks & Dunn’s 2023 Reboot Tour as direct support. That trek begins on May 4 in Kansas City and also features supporting act Megan Moroney. Brooks & Dunn’s 2023 Reboot Tour will wrap on June 17. 

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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