DURHAM — Country star Scotty McCreery, who is playing the Durham Fair, won a unique award Wednesday at the Nashville Songwriter Awards.
His song “Five More Minutes,” which he co-wrote with Monty Criswell and Frank Rogers, was voted one of the “10 Songs I Wish I’d Written.”
“Five More Minutes” became the multi-platinum-selling country singer-songwriter’s first No. 1 single earlier this year, reaching the peak position on the CMT and GAC charts.
“It’s amazing what a song can do,” McCreery said during an interview with “On the Record: Music.” “We were doing OK before this, but since then, the song took us all over, selling out shows everywhere. It’s definitely been a big boost for us.”
He’s currently on the country singles chart with “This is It,” a song inspired by his proposal to his now-wife, Gabi. The couple married in June.
”It’s nice to see it moving up the charts,” he said. “I wrote it right before we got engaged and sang it to her on our wedding night. It’s kind of our song, and we’re excited to share that with everybody.”
Both songs are featured on McCreery’s latest album, “Seasons Change,” which was released in March and became his fourth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on a Billboard album chart.
He’s been building on his success since he won the tenth season of “American Idol” in 2011.
A native of the Raleigh, North Carolina area, McCreery says he’s still praying for the people affected by Hurricane Florence.
“Where I live in Raleigh,” he said, “it got spared pretty good, but definitely the river cities, anywhere along the Cape Fear River… they got it pretty bad.”
McCreery is slated to play the Durham Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29.
“A lot of times with the fairs, it’s small towns,” he said. “We’re going to the people instead of making them drive to us. So, I like it. I feel like we get a lot more of a hometown feel, and everybody’s super nice. They’re always fun shows.”
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