Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi announce the birth of their first child, son Merrick Avery McCreery, who was born yesterday, Monday, October 24, at 4:34 AM ET in Raleigh, NC. Mother and son are both doing well. Their son was named after Gabi’s father, Merrick (Tre) Dugal III, and will be called Avery. Young Avery was born weighing 7 lbs, 13 oz and is 21 inches long.
“Next to his mother, he is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” said a jubilant McCreery. “We have been waiting and preparing all year, and now we are so excited to have our little man here with us. We have begun a grand new adventure that will continue for the rest of our lives.”
“Gabi was a total rock star during Avery’s birth. I could not be more proud of her,” added the new father. “She has already taken to motherhood like a champ. Part of my joy as his Dad is watching Gabi already crush it as his Mom.”
The singer/songwriter was also excited to share that with the birth of his son, the family name has now extended into the next generation. “I’m no longer the last male McCreery. It’s up to Avery now,” he said with a laugh.
McCreery is on what he calls “paternity leave” from the road until his November 30 show in Las Vegas, NV at the Downtown Hoedown on Fremont Street. His new single “It Matters to Her,” which he wrote with Rhett Akins and Lee Thomas Miller, recently charted in the Top 50 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts. It follows his three-week No.1 hit “Damn Strait,” which was his fifth consecutive No. 1 single. The North Carolina native’s Same Truck: The Deluxe Album will be released on November 18 in Vinyl, CD, and Digital formats with six additional new songs that weren’t on the original Same Truck album that came out last year. Two of the new bonus tracks from the album, “Nothin’ Right” and “Small Town Story,” are available for streaming now.
Photo on Left: Scotty and Gabi McCreery announce the birth of their son Merrick Avery McCreery. | Courtesy of Scotty McCreery
Photo on Right: Merrick Avery McCreery | Courtesy of Scotty McCreery
About Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery’s upcoming album Same Truck: The Deluxe Album will be available on Nov. 18 on vinyl, cd, and digital. It contains two No. 1 RIAA Gold-certified hit songs “You Time” and “Damn Strait,” and his current single “It Matters to Her,” as well as six additional new songs not on the original album. In total, McCreery has achieved 5 consecutive No. 1 hits in the last few years, including the two mentioned above as well as an additional three from his last album Seasons Change, the RIAA Gold-certified project which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart: the RIAA Double Platinum-certified “Five More Minutes,” the RIAA Platinum-certified “This Is It,” which stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks, and RIAA Gold-certified “In Between.” McCreery co-wrote all 11 songs on Seasons Change, which Rolling Stone named as one of the “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018.” Four of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard Albums chart, with current combined sales surpassing 4 million copies. With five consecutive No.1 hits to his credit, he’s earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and four Gold singles; one Platinum and two Gold albums; won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; 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; BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year four times (in 2015 for “See You Tonight,” in 2018 for “Five More Minutes,” in 2019 for “This is It.” and 2021 for “In Between”); a Carolina Beach Music Award for National Dance Song of the Year (‘Barefootin’’) in 2018; and the NSAI Nashville Songwriter Award for One of the Top Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written (‘Five More Minutes’) in 2018. The North Carolina native released his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, in 2016; it was re-released in paperback in 2020. His song “Five More Minutes” inspired a popular movie of the same name which aired on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network during November-December 2021. McCreery launched his recording career by making history in 2011 as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified Clear as Day, at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.