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IMG 18884The man voted “Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor” will soon give up the title as Scotty McCreery and his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal are engaged. The couple plans to wed in 2018.
 
McCreery proposed to the love of his life today at one of their favorite places on the planet: the mountains of North Carolina near Grandfather Mountain. The singer/songwriter asked Dugal to go on a hike with him on their favorite trail, which they discovered just last year. Walking up the mountain, the ACM, BMI and CMT Award winner patiently waited for the perfect moment to ask his all-important question. When the two arrived on top of the mountain surrounded by stunning views of lush green forests, McCreery got down on one knee, presented a ring he had helped design specifically for her, and asked Dugal to be his wife.
 
“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” said an overjoyed McCreery. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”
 
The couple met in kindergarten in Garner, North Carolina where the young entertainer made enough of an impression on Dugal that she wrote “Mrs. Gabi McCreery” encircled with hearts in her diary at the time. The two friends grew up together in the close-knit community, and began dating almost six years ago during their senior year at Garner High School. Dugal has appeared in several of McCreery’s music videos, including “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feelin’ It,” and “Five More Minutes.” In his book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Towards the Dream which was released in 2016, McCreery brought their romance into the public spotlight. She frequently accompanies him at award shows, red carpets, and events, and has won the respect and adoration of his fans.
 
“My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her,” said McCreery. “When she graduated college last year, many of them brought me gifts for her at my shows and book signings. I will always appreciate their kindness to her.”
 
Dugal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and currently works as a pediatric cardiac nurse at Duke University Hospital.
 
McCreery is currently on the country singles charts with his poignant Top 40-and-climbing hit single “Five More Minutes” which has already received more than 22 million streams. The music video, which debuted on People.com in May, has been number one on GAC-TV’s “Great American Top 20 Countdown” for six weeks. The entertainer has been in the recording studio working on his new album, which will be released on his new label home, Triple Tigers Records / Sony Music Entertainment, in 2018. He was the surprise opening act for Garth Brooks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Friday (9/22) to the enthusiastically screaming delight of nearly 13,000 fans.

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Country music entertainer Scotty McCreery fulfilled a huge career goal when he opened for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at their sold-out show on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The ACM, BMI and CMT Award winner’s appearance was kept secret, so his emergence on stage was a surprise for the entire 13,000 members of the audience who eagerly embraced him with cheers after his name was announced.

“It was a really incredible moment just being out there on that stage in front of a Garth crowd,” shared McCreery. “I was about as nervous as I’ve been before a show, probably ever, but as soon as they introduced me, the crowd went nuts and that kind of eased my nerves.”

McCreery flashed his trademark smile as the audience joyfully applauded him and his two acoustic guitarists, Jeffrey Harper and Dylan Rosson. As he kicked off the show with his Top 10, Platinum-certified hit “See You Tonight,” a huge crowd of fans began singing along with him word for word. For the next half hour, “Country Music’s Hottest Bachelor” performed an array of his hits and fan-favorite songs, energizing the crowd with his signature deep voice and fun-loving personality.

When McCreery began singing his current Top 40-and-climbing hit “Five More Minutes,” the audience cheered even louder. As he sang the lines “five more minutes” for the first time, a large number of concert-goers lifted their arms in the air, opened their palms, and extended their five fingers while singing the words back to him. These actions started a growing wave, with more of the audience joining in every time those three words were sung until nearly the entire arena was united by the final stanza. At the end of the song, McCreery received a standing ovation.

Country music entertainer Scotty McCreery performed as part of “Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit” at the Ryman Auditorium last night (9/17). This was the final night in the 2017 season of the series of shows which is hosted by legendary Christian music entertainer Steven Curtis Chapman. McCreery performed three songs, including his current Top 40 smash “Five More Minutes” as well as his Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “See You Tonight” and his concert staple “Something More.” The ACM, BMI and CMT-Award winning singer/songwriter received a standing ovation from the audience after his performance. As a life-long fan of Chapman, McCreery was thrilled when the show’s host joined him on stage to perform a duet version of Chapman’s song “His Eyes.”

McCreery is currently in the studio recording his next album, which will be released on Triple Tigers Records / Sony Music Entertainment.  

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Amy Grant, Scotty McCreery, Kristian Bush, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jonny Diaz, and The SteelDrivers’ Brent Truitt, Richard Bailey and Mike Fleming.  

(Photo Credit: Steve Lowry for the Ryman Auditorum)

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Steven Curtis Chapman and Scotty McCreery on the Ryman Auditorium stage, just after rehearsing

their duet performance of “His Eyes” for “Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit.”  

(Photo Credit: Scott Stem)

On Saturday, Sept. 2, country singers Scotty McCreery and Darius Rucker and their friends descended upon Charleston, South Carolina to watch the season opening North Carolina State vs. University of South Carolina football game at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, SC. The two singers had been making plans to watch this game together for more than a year. McCreery was on hand to support his beloved NC State Wolfpack while Rucker was rooting for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Scotty kicks off the latest episode of Entertainment Tonight’s “Certified Country” series where he talks about his girlfriend Gabi, “Five More Minutes,” his new fondness for wine, the return of “American Idol” and more. Check it out HERE.

News of Scotty’s signing with Triple Tigers Records/Sony Music Entertainment and of his chart record has been circulating all week. Check out some of the coverage at the links below: