Scotty McCreery Reveals Randy Travis Got His Son Avery A “Really Special” Christmas Gift

It’s been less than six months since Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi McCreery, welcomed their first son, a boy named Merrick Avery — whom they call by his middle name — into the world. And that means the newfound…

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Posted on January 26, 2023

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Scotty McCreery, son Merrick Avery McCreery; Photo Courtesy of Instagram – Randy Travis, Photo by Andrew Wendowski

It’s been less than six months since Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi McCreery, welcomed their first son, a boy named Merrick Avery — whom they call by his middle name — into the world. And that means the newfound parents are likely still being showered with loads of gifts for their sweet bundle of joy, ranging from necessities to toys to personalized keepsakes.

Randy Travis And His Wife Mary Got McCreery’s Son A “Very Special” Christmas Gift

And it turns out one of those gifts arrived just in time for the holidays, and it was given by none other than Randy Travis.

“Randy and Mary Travis sent Avery a little gift for Christmas,” McCreery recently told Lon Helton while co-hosting Country Countdown USA. “Avery’s nursery is Winnie The Pooh-themed. So they sent him a little memory box thing that had all the Winnie The Pooh quotes on it and Avery’s name. Really special, really sweet.”

McCreery is currently back to touring following paternity leave, but he did manage to get in some family time over Christmas break. The “It Matters To Her” singer said he spent time in New Orleans with the in-laws after he and his wife visited his side of the family in North Carolina over Thanksgiving.

“It was my favorite Christmas I’ve ever had,” McCreery shared. “Getting to spend it with [Avery], we actually went to New Orleans, which is where my wife’s family is. It was his first flight, and he slept the whole way. We’re very lucky about how chill he is. He goes with the flow. He smiles and giggles. Even his little toots are the cutest thing ever.”

McCreery Is Taking His Son, Merrick Avery, On The Road With Him

And, as his schedule gets busier, McCreery won’t have to worry about being away from little Avery. The American Idol season 10 winner, who, last year, celebrated his fifth No. 1 said he has already prepared for having his baby on the road with him.

“I was going to be really sad to hit the road and leave him behind. So we got a baby bus for the tour, and we’re bringing Avery out. Once March hits, it will be the rest of the year,” McCreery said.

Furthermore, McCreery admitted that he’s already gotten used to some of the duties that come with fatherhood.

“I’d never changed a diaper until him. He hasn’t had the stinky ones, but I know they’re coming,” he added. “My wife’s a pediatric nurse, and she explained everything to me. She made me more comfortable with all the things we have to do with babies.”

“Everything changes, your perspective, your priorities. For me, it’s all about Avery, he comes first,” McCreery added of his son, who was born on October 24, 2022, at 4:34 am. “We like to golf, but I’m not playing golf now. He has really changed my world for the better.”

Scotty McCreery’s Currently On His Headlining Tour, Set To Join Brooks & Dunn Later This Year

Additionally, McCreery is currently headlining his 2023 Damn Strait Tour in support of the deluxe version of his album, Same Truck. He will then take the road this summer as a special guest for the next leg of Brooks & Dunn’s REBOOT 2023 TOUR.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The trek, which also features support from rising country artist Megan Moroney, will make 17 new stops in cities, including Oklahoma City, OK, Pittsburgh, PA, Orlando, FL, and more.

“Having been a huge fan of their music all my life, going out on the road with Kix and Ronnie is a dream come true for me,” McCreery previously shared. “I can’t wait for this tour to begin!”

The extended run begins May 4 in Kansas City, MO, and wraps on June 17 in Greensboro, NC.

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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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