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McCreery to headline county fair concert

Tickets will go on sale April 14

Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery

PRINCETON — Country music artist Scotty McCreery will headline the annual Bureau County Fair country concert on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the fairgrounds in Princeton.

Tickets for Scotty McCreery will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14. All tickets will be sold online at bureaucountyfair.com.

For complete ticket information, including ticket prices, see bureaucountyfair.com.

After winning Season 10 of "American Idol" in 2011, McCreery made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever, to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

"Clear as Day" was certified platinum for sales of one million units in just 13 weeks and became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” were also certified platinum.

McCreery won the New Artist of the Year award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards, and also received the CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls.”

A year later, "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified gold.

His next album, 2013’s "See You Tonight," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and "See You Tonight" and “Feelin’ It” both reached the Top 10 and were certified platinum and gold, respectively.

“See You Tonight” 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 for landing atop the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.

The greatest breakthrough, however, may have come in February 2015, when he wrote “Five More Minutes” with Rogers and Monty Criswell.

“I knew it was a special song,” he said. “I tweeted that day that we just wrote my favorite song I’d ever written.”

As the search for a new label continued, McCreery and his team made a brave decision, and released the song on their own, with no record company behind it. On its first day of release, “Five More Minutes” was ranked No. 2 on the iTunes country singles chart and No. 9 on the iTunes all-genre singles chart.

The emotional music video, with home movies of McCreery as a boy alongside his family and friends, was the No. 1 country music video and the No. 2 music video overall on iTunes. It stayed at No. 1 on the GAC Top 20 Countdown for six weeks.

His powerful performance of “Five More Minutes” on the Grand Ole Opry stage during CMA Music Festival won the 2016 Rare Country Award for “Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year.”

“Sometimes you feel like you’ve really got to sell something,” McCreery said, “but this one, from the first time people heard it, everybody started telling me their own stories, and I enjoyed that more than anything else. It would have put us in a predicament if it hadn’t succeeded — looking back, yeah, it was a crazy thing to do, but we just went full steam ahead.”

The final piece fell into place when, just as “Five More Minutes” hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, McCreery signed with Triple Tigers Records/Sony Music Entertainment.

“Triple Tigers is a great fit for me,” McCreery said. “They are music people, and they work hard. With this label on my side, ‘Five More Minutes’ has become my fastest rising single to reach Top 15 since my debut single. And we’ve only just begun.”

Of course, there’s one other big story that underlies "Seasons Change." In September 2017, the guy who was voted both “Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor” and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine proposed to longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in the mountains of North Carolina.

The 163rd Bureau County Fair will run Aug. 22-26.

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