Scotty McCreery is currently rising up the charts with his smash hit song “Five More Minutes,” which has already earned 30 million streams and sold 100,000 downloads. He made 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 album chart. He has gone on to see all three of his albums debut at No. 1 on a Billboard album chart, with current combined sales nearing 3 million copies. He’s earned one Gold single and three Platinum singles and achieved two Top Ten hits with “Feelin’ It” and “See You Tonight.” The latter song earned McCreery both his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015 and his first Music Row No. 1 Challenge Coin. He won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year Award in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (“The Trouble with Girls”) in 2012; and American Country Awards for new Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013. In 2016, McCreery released his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, and won the Rare Country Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year Award for his live performance of “Five More Minutes.” He recently finished recording his new album which will be released March 2018 on Triple Tigers Records / Sony Music Entertainment. For more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.
Special Guest: Raquel Cole
Raquel Cole, like many artists, started honing her musical craft at a very early age. When she was nine, her dad surprised her with her first guitar, and a make-shift band room in the basement of her childhood home was the perfect setting to hone her skills. “My dad is a drummer,” shares Cole. “When I was younger, he wanted someone to jam with, so he bought me my first guitar, introduced me to his favorite bands and we started jamming in the basement. I was hooked, and soon after, I had a strict rehearsal schedule that my dad made me stick with.” Growing up, Cole was attracted to a wide-range of music, and considers BTO, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Keith Urban and Shania Twain as some of her earliest influences.
Now, Cole is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and has spent most of this year working on her EP to be released in June 2018. As much as she loves the studio, she prefers the wide-open road and has fronted shows for Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Brothers Osborne, Jonny Lang, Diamond Rio and more. The CCMA Discovery winner was featured by the CBC as “25 Musicians Under 25 you need to know.” Additionally, she has received shout-outs for her songwriting talents in American Songwriter Magazine, USA Today and took 2nd place in the International Songwriting Competition in the Unsigned Only category for “Imogene,” beating out thousands of fellow songwriters across the world. Her song, “It’s For Real This Time,” received airplay on Sirius XM’s The Highway. Cole’s songs have been recorded by Marie Osmond and The Railers.