Country Music

Scotty McCreery’s Performance of ‘Your Man’ That Impressed the American Idol Judges

Scotty McCreery, a country music star from Garner, North Carolina, once dreamed big at just sixteen years old. His first major step toward these dreams was an unforgettable audition on “American Idol” in 2011. In Hollywood, McCreery, with his casual charm and baggy jeans, stood ready to make his mark.

The young McCreery immediately impressed the judges with his deep, southern vocals, a remarkable feat for someone his age. His performance caught the attention of judge Jennifer Lopez, who expressed her hope for his singing ability. He chose to sing Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” a decision that paid off handsomely. His rendition not only received a resounding yes from all three judges but also earned him the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood. Jennifer Lopez, impressed by his talent, predicted a bright future for him, suggesting they had discovered a potential legend.

“Your Man,” the song McCreery chose for his audition, has its own storied history. Written by Chris Stapleton, Chris DuBois, and Jace Everett, it was released in 2005 as the lead single from Josh Turner’s album. The song became Turner’s first No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2006 and was certified Gold and later Platinum, selling over a million copies in the U.S. It also brought accolades for its songwriters from prestigious organizations like ASCAP and BMI. The lyrics, with their romantic and sultry undertone, were a perfect match for McCreery’s deep voice and southern charm.

McCreery’s journey on “American Idol” was filled with memorable moments, one of which was during the top three finalists’ phase. As a finalist, he was treated to a hometown visit, which included a concert in Garner. During this concert, a surprise guest appeared, leaving McCreery astonished. Josh Turner, the original singer of “Your Man,” joined McCreery on stage, much to his and the audience’s surprise. Turner noted McCreery’s shocked reaction, adding humorously that he almost gave him a heart attack.

The video of Scotty McCreery’s initial audition, where it all began, remains available for fans to witness the start of his incredible journey on “American Idol.”

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