ScottyMcCreery2018 is already a big year for Scotty McCreery. After announcing his forthcoming album, Seasons Change, due March 16 on Triple Tigers Records, McCreery’s debut single, “Five More Minutes,” has become his first No. 1 hit, reaching the top spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Airplay charts. The heart-touching track also cements RIAA Gold certification for combined units of steams and sales in excess of 500,000.

An overjoyed McCreery said, “There was a time I thought this song would never see the light of day. Seeing this song, inspired by my Granddaddy Bill, go Gold and then become my first number one means the world to me! After writing it with Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, I tweeted out that ‘I think I just wrote my favorite song I’ve ever written,’ and that still holds true today. Thank you to my fans, country radio, Triple 8 Management, Triple Tigers Records, my band and crew, and everyone on my team. A big thank you to Bobby Bones for bringing national attention to the song. Gabi and I have been celebrating all day!”

“Five More Minutes,”was McCreery’s first introduction back to the industry after the singer took almost five years since his last No. 1 studio LP, See You Tonight while resolving legal disputes with his former label, touring, writing new songs, and creating this new album for his new label home. The “heart-wrenching” hit (Billboard) was written two weeks after the passing of his paternal grandfather, who serves as a major inspiration for the song, and takes listeners on a journey through both the joys and sorrows of life, ending with a plea for “five more minutes” with his grandfather.

McCreery penned the song with Frank Rogers, the co-producer of Seasons Change, and Monty Criswell in 2015. He first performed it publicly on the Grand Ole Opry in June 2016 during CMA Music Festival, receiving a standing ovation and subsequently millions of views on the Opry’s YouTube channel.

The rising star has a lot to say on Seasons Change, McCreery’s forthcoming 11-track album, co-produced by Rogers, Derek Wells, and Aaron Eshuis, due March 16.

Every song on the album is co-written by the 24 year old and inspired by true-life events that occurred since he released his last album at 19. Some of these include moving out on his own, going to college, getting robbed at gunpoint, losing his grandfather, changing record labels, releasing a book and proposing to his high school sweetheart. Seasons Change is a personal and true reflection of where McCreery is in life.

Along with“Five More Minutes,” several songs from Seasons Change are available now including “Wherever You Are,” “In Between,” and “Home In My Mind.”

Fans can pre-order Seasons Change now HERE.