Country singer Scotty McCreery to perform at 1st Summit Arena

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Mar. 14—JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A country crooner who rose to fame after winning "American Idol" is bringing his authentic musical style to the area.

Scotty McCreery will present his "Cab in a Solo Tour," with special guests Anne Wilson and Noah Hicks, at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

"This is a show that a lot of people are very excited about, and they fell in love with him when he was 17 years old on 'American Idol,' " said Chad Mearns, marketing and box office manager at 1st Summit Arena.

"Now fast forward 13 years and he's a country music veteran. He's been performing all across the country for years and is a seasoned performer whose developed quite a reputation for putting on really great shows."

McCreery made history in 2011 as the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified "Clear as Day" at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

The singer/songwriter has sold more than 4 million albums and has achieved five consecutive No. 1 hits — the platinum-certified "Damn Strait," the gold-certified "You Time," the gold-certified "In Between" the platinum-certified "This is It" and the triple-platinum-certified "Five More Minutes."

McCreery's recent single "Cab in a Solo" is from a forthcoming album due out this year. It offers the first taste of new music from McCreery since the release of his 2021 album, "Same Truck."

"He's known for having a very energetic and charismatic presence and putting on shows that are very crowd pleasing and electric," Mearns said.

"He's had a lot of No. 1 hits in his career, and he'll be playing songs that people know and connect with on an emotional level."

The North Carolina native was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "The Trouble with Girls" in 2012; and BMI Awards for writing one of the Top 50 country songs of the year five times — in 2015 for "See You Tonight," in 2018 for "Five More Minutes," in 2019 for "This is It," in 2021 for "In Between" and in 2022 for "You Time."

McCreery was awarded Pandora Billionaire status in 2021 in recognition of his music achieving more than 1 billion streams on Pandora.

His song "Five More Minutes" inspired two holiday movies on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network — "Five More Minutes" in 2021, and "Five More Minutes: Moments Like These" in 2022.

McCreery released his first book "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream," in 2016.

In October, he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

"We hope people will have a great time and experience coming out and hearing some great music," Mearns said.

He said tickets sales have been strong since the show was announced.

"This show is priced pretty affordably and that's something that's important for his management and his fanbase to make sure that tickets are affordable for people," Mearns said.

Tickets range from $51 to $71.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial box office.

For more information, call 814-536-5156 or visit www.1stsummitarena.com.