2017 brought a lot of positive change for Scotty McCreery. After having his record deal fall through, he found himself an independent artist and nearly starting from ground zero. While his original music tended to lean towards the country-pop side of things, fans and listeners could always tell that there was something more under the hood. McCreery’s voice is just so damn good and he just needs to be paired with the right songs to make the magic happen. Could 2018 be the year that it all comes together?
In the summer of 2017, I covered Five More Minutes which really caught me off guard. Inspired by his grandpa, McCreery really pulled deep for this track and has built up some solid anticipation for his latest album. He described it as being a conversation with anyone that listens, which if executed correctly, could be a big deal for this young man.
In the last five years, I have grown from a teenager to a man, moved out on my own, lost my grandfather, proposed to the love of my life, and learned more about myself than I could have imagined,” said McCreery, 24, in a statement. “This all shows up in the 11 songs on Seasons Change, and I cannot wait to share this music with my fans after such a long time between releases.
With many of the mainstream - leaning releases, I tend to keep my judgment reserved. There tends to be a mixed bag offering once released, much like Joe Nichols album in my opinion. I foolishly was pumped for his release this past summer and naturally some of the songs were right on the money and a good chunk just let me down. It doesn’t mean that as an artist Joe Nichols sucks, it’s just the final product isn’t enough to push me to seek out non-independent artists. One thing that is wonderful about listening to indie country is the freedoms that the artists can take when recording a new song, EP, or complete album.
Artists like Scotty are going to have to figure out the direction they will head with their music sooner than later. I feel that those who work to appeal to a massive audience are going to get lost in the shuffle and fall out of relevance. It’s no longer about just making radio appearances anymore or getting all that airplay. It’s just not how most people take in their music. We are bombarded with choices and as listeners, we will quickly dismiss what is subpar in efforts to find something that has substance and something more to offer.
I would hate to see the kind of vocal talent of McCreery get wasted and pushed to the side, so I hope that this album has something solid to offer fans. He has released his second track off Seasons Change, titled Wherever You Are and it is certainly more mainstream than Five More Minutes. However, I don’t mind it one bit, especially seeing how many Texas artists release similar songs. It’s an upbeat love song that isn’t crazy deep (and forgettable after a while), but still has enough substance to prevent turning fans off. 2018 is going to decide this young man’s future in my eyes.
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