Scotty McCreery, 'Seasons Change'
In 2016, things were looking bleak for onetime American Idol champion Scotty McCreery: after his single "Southern Belle" failed to make waves at radio, he was dropped by his record label and found himself, in his early twenties, having to figure out how to navigate the next phase of his professional life alone. Thankfully, he still had a lot to meditate on, including the surprise hit "Five More Minutes" that revitalized his career and showcased a tender new direction – and his artistic control. Soon after, McCreery signed with Triple Tigers and released Seasons Change, a playful and poignant testament to the power of holding your ground and falling in love. M.M.