Scotty McCreery returned to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Wednesday night (March 11) for a sold-out show, which marked his first appearance at the Mother Church of country music in over six years. During a pre-show reception filled with journalists and industry execs, McCreery learned his album Seasons Change had been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of more than 500,00 units.
“I don’t know where to even begin to say how much Seasons Change means to me or how proud I am of this album. The success of this album changed my life,” said McCreery. “If you listen to all the lyrics, then you should have a strong idea of who I am. It’s that personal. The fact that the fans and country radio loved the music means everything to me. I want to thank Triple 8 Management and Triple Tigers Records for their belief in me and for working with me every step of the way. I want to thank my band and crew for all their hard work through the years. This is a team accomplishment and a true highlight of my career.”
To help Nashville, his second home, recover from the devastating tornados in the mid-state area last week, McCreery donated all profits from his merchandise sales at the Ryman to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for its Emergency Response Fund.
Jackie Jones, RIAA Vice President of Artists and Industry Relations, Nashville, told the reception crowd that with the gold certification of Seasons Change, McCreery has now exceeded 8 million career RIAA certifications for his albums and singles.