McCreery Delivers Stunning Cover of “In Color”
The song that Scotty has selected to sing is none other than “In Color” by Jamey Johnson, a nostalgic country music hit. The song was co-written by James Otto and Lee Thomas Miller. “In Color” was Jamey Johnson’s first top ten hit song and would go on to sell over a million copies.
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The song is a heartfelt acoustic ballad that focuses on a grandfather showing old black-and-white photographs to his grandson, each photo showing a various part of the old’ man’s life. Describing the instances in each photo, such as fighting in World War II and the day he and his wife first got married, he recalls his own life story to his grandson, telling him that he “should have seen it in color…”
I said grandpa whats this picture hereIt’s all black and whiteIt ain’t real clear is that you there?He said yeah I was elevenTimes were tough back in ’35That’s me and uncle Joe just tryin’ to surviveA cotton farm, in a great depression…
“In Color” was one of the winners of “Song of the Year Awards” at both the 2008 ACM Awards and the 2009 CMA Awards. It was also nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song at the 51st Grammy Awards.
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Winning the 2009 CMA Song of the Year Award for Johnson, “In Color” also has a special place in Scotty’s heart because it’s the song that started his career. “I picked ‘In Color’ by Jamey Johnson and always love the song. This was actually a song I sang in my first competition signing-wise back in 2009, actually the first time I sang outside of a church. So this song, in a weird sort of way, got me started singing out in public so I like this song really.”
It was that Experience that gave Scotty confidence to later try out for “American Idol.” And that confidence remains, as Scotty confidentially does justice to the sentimental ballad, accompanied Jeffrey Harper and Dylan Rosson.