Scotty McCreery Shares the Inspiration Behind ‘Red Letter Blueprint’

Scotty McCreery is opening up about “Red Letter Blueprint,” a just-released song about his faith, from his forthcoming Rise and Fall album.

“My faith is everything to me,” McCreery says. “It’s held me up during my lows, and it’s been with me when I celebrate my highs. This new album was influenced by the rises and falls in my life through the years, so I wanted to sing about what sustains me. I’ve featured songs about my wife and my son, but I also wanted to share a song about my faith. I hope it is comforting to anyone who may need to hear these words.”

When discussing his next record, the American Idol alum said the song, which he wrote with Derek George, Brent Anderson, Jeremy Bussey and Monty Criswell, was one of the most important songs he included on the project.

“It’s just about how, every answer you need is right there in the Good Book, in the Bible,” McCreery shared. “I try to dive in and read the Word as best as I can. I’m like everybody who wishes they could do more, but it’s just that kind of song. ‘Hey, if life is going here, if life is going there,’ it applies to those right there. It’s a special song. I loved it when we were writing it. I love how it’s come out in the studio. I think folks will enjoy it.”

McCreery’s Same Truck album was released in 2021. The record included hit singles like “You Time,” “It Matters to Her,” and his multi-week, chart-topping hit, “Damn Strait.” For all of his recent successes, the 30-year-old is looking forward to even more with the release of Rise and Fall.

“I’d like to say we’re just getting started,” McCreery told WNYT. “I hope I can do this the rest of my life. I know I’ll be doing music, whether five people show up or 5000, I’ll still have a guitar in my hand. There have been moments on stage where we’ll do guitar pulls with five different artists, and I’m the youngest guy there, but they’re all new artists and I’m the veteran on stage. Sometimes those moments are weird. We’ve lived a lot of life in the last 13 years of doing this.”

McCreery has a Top 10 hit with “Cab In A Solo,” the debut single from Rise and Fall. He’s also released “Can’t Pass The Bar,” “Slow Dance” and “Love Like This” from the record. McCreery will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on April 20. Tickets are available at

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