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Scotty McCreery puts his own spin on a CMA classic song

Scotty McCreery – “In Color”

Garner's Scotty McCreery covers Jamey Johnson's "In Color" for the Fovever Country Cover Series.
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Garner's Scotty McCreery covers Jamey Johnson's "In Color" for the Fovever Country Cover Series.

Country singer Scotty McCreery is getting a chance to perform an acoustic version of one of his favorite country songs as part of the celebration of 50 years of the CMA Awards.

McCreery, the Garner native and “American Idol” winner, sings “In Color,” the Jamey Johnson song that was the CMA Song of the Year in 2009. The song holds special meaning to McCreery, who sang it during his big Garner homecoming event at Lake Benson Park when he was an “Idol” finalist in 2011. McCreery also had performed “In Color” in his very first singing competition, Clayton Idol.

In the video, McCreery performs with Jeffrey Harper and Dylan Rosson, two members of his band.

As the “50 Annual CMA Awards” gets closer, Nashville is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. A “Forever Country” video and song was assembled featuring a large group of country singers – from Charley Pride and Keith Urban to Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton – performing a mashup of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “On the Road Again” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The Forever Country “Cover Series” includes current and past country artists putting their spin on the songs of others. In addition to McCreery covering Johnson, Josh Turner performs “Three Wooden Crosses,” made famous by Randy Travis; Lee Ann Womack sings Vern Gosdin’s “Chisled in Stone,” and Lauren Alaina, McCreery’s runner-up on “Idol,” does “Believe,” which was originally recorded by Brooks & Dunn.

To see other videos in the Cover Series, go to www.forevercountry50.com. The Country Music Association’s annual awards will air on ABC on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.

Thad Ogburn: 919-829-8987, @thadogburn

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