SCOTTY McCREERY TEAMS WITH LATIN MUSIC SENSATION GUSI
FOR LATIN MIX “WHY SHE GOTTA BE LIKE THAT”
Available Everywhere Today
Video Debuts Today on CMT, CMT Music and CMT.com
Current Single “It Matters to Her” Top 10 and Climbing at Country Radio
McCreery’s Episode of “CMT Stages” Premiered Yesterday on
CMT’s YouTube and Facebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery surprised fans today with the new digital track, “Why She Gotta Be Like That” featuring Colombian singer/songwriter GUSI. The North Carolina native discovered the Latin sensation on social media performing his song “Why You Gotta Be Like That” and was struck with the idea for a duet between the two featuring both Spanish and English verses. Listen to the song HERE.
The video for ‘Why She Gotta Be Like That,” featuring both McCreery and GUSI and directed by Jeff Ray, debuted today on CMT, CMT Music, and CMT.com. The Austin, Texas-based filmmaker has directed several of McCreery’s videos including “Five More Minutes,” “This is It,’ “In Between,” “Damn Strait,” and “It Matters to Her.”
“I’ve always thought it would be fun to bring the Latin part of my heritage into some of my music,” said McCreery, who is a quarter Puerto Rican. “I met GUSI after hearing him perform ‘Why You Gotta Be Like That’ on Instagram. It is always flattering to have someone cover one of your songs, and he’s so talented so I asked him if he would want to bring some Latin flavor to the track. He brought so much to it. It was so much fun to do a new take on this song as a duet with GUSI, so we decided to call this version ‘Why She Gotta Be Like That.’”
McCreery’s paternal grandfather Bill met his future wife Paquita while based in Puerto Rico during his U.S. military service. Years after their marriage, the family moved to New England, and then to North Carolina. Fans may remember watching Paquita play on “Celebrity Family Feud” with McCreery in 2018.
Written by McCreery, James McNair and Jordan Schmidt, with additional lyrics and Spanish translation by GUSI, the new version puts a Latin spin on the original track “Why You Gotta Be Like That,” found on McCreery’s Same Truck: The Deluxe Album, which was produced by Frank Rogers, Derek Wells and Aaron Eshuis.
“I am very grateful to Scotty and his team for inviting me to participate in this song,” said GUSI. “For me it gives me pride to collaborate with him, since I admire his music a lot. Additionally I have grown up listening to country music and recording this song with this great performer was more than I imagined.”
The fastest rising song of his career, McCreery’s current single “It Matters to Her” is top 10-and-climbing as he gears up to join the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour through the summer, with additional headlining shows sprinkled throughout. McCreery wrote the song with Rhett Akins and Lee Thomas Miller.
McCreery is featured in the latest episode of “CMT Stages,” which premiered yesterday on CMT’s YouTube and Facebook. The program traces his life and career history from beginning to now through photos, video, and his own in-depth commentary. The North Carolina native gives several acoustic performance in the show, including “Southern Belle,” a song he hasn’t sung live since 2016. McCreery’s “CMT Stages” was previewed yesterday on PEOPLE.
McCreery is also one of the artists featured in the new “American Currents: State of the Music” exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, on display through Feb. 4, 2024.
Tour dates for the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour 2023 in May and June, featuring Scotty McCreery and opening act Megan Moroney:
May 4 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
May 5 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center
May 6 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena
May 11 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
May 12 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
May 13 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
May 18 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena
May 19 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
May 20 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
June 1 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
June 2 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center-Arena
June 3 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
June 8 Duluth, GA Gas South Arena
June 10 Orlando, FL Amway Center
June 15 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 16 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
June 17 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
In-between and after the Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour 2023 dates, McCreery will also be performing these shows, with more to be announced soon:
May 21 Temecula, CA Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
May 26 Jefferson City, MO CRMU Healthcare Amphitheater
May 27 Bossier City, LA Margaritaville Resort Casino
May 28 Denham Springs, LA Cajun Country Jam
June 6 Nashville, TN Country Kickoff Concert
June 9 Myrtle Beach, SC Carolina Country Music Fest
July 7 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Casino Northfield Park
July 8 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 13 Knoxville, IN Knox County Fair
July 14 Portland, IN Jay County Fair
July 15 Baraboo, WI Sauk County Fair
July 20 Sacramento, CA California State Fair
July 21 Minden, NV Carson Valley Inn Casino - TJ's Corral
July 27 Tooele, UT Country Fan Fest
July 28 Caldwell, ID Canyon County Fair
Aug. 3 Prairie Du Chien, WI County Line Country Fest
Aug. 4 Toledo, OH Promenade Park
Aug. 5 Binghamton, NY Spiediefest & Baloon Rally
Aug. 6 Hampton, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Tickets for all Brooks & Dunn REBOOT Tour 2023 and Scotty McCreery solo dates above can be purchased at ScottyMcCreery.com.
About Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery’s Same Truck: The Deluxe Album is available now on vinyl, CD and digital formats, and contains two No. 1 RIAA Gold-certified hit songs “You Time” and “Damn Strait,” and his current single “It Matters to Her.” In total, McCreery has achieved 5 consecutive No. 1 hits in the last few years, including the two mentioned above as well as an additional three from his last album Seasons Change, the RIAA Gold-certified project which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart: the RIAA Double Platinum-certified “Five More Minutes,” the RIAA Platinum-certified “This Is It,” which stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks, and RIAA Gold-certified “In Between.” McCreery co-wrote all 11 songs on Seasons Change, which Rolling Stone named as one of the “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018.” Four of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard Albums chart, with current combined sales surpassing 4 million copies. The North Carolina native has earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and four Gold singles; one Platinum and two Gold albums; won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (‘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”). His song “Five More Minutes” inspired two popular holiday movies which aired on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network: “Five More Minutes” in 2021 and “Five More Minutes: Moments Like These” in 2022. McCreery launched his recording career by making history in 2011 as both 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. For more information, visit ScottyMcCreery.com.
A Colombian singer-songwriter, Gusi’s love for vallenato music was born at a very early age, when his grandfather Carlos Arturo Acosta, a native of Villanueva, Guajira, shared the vallenato spirit with him, playing the songs of the greatest troubadours.
The guitar with which Gusi learned how to play, and that he still plays at home, was the same one that his father had given to his mother when they were dating. Gusi adopted the nickname that his mother gave him as his stage name. Although he doesn’t remember to what he owes the same name, he has memory of being called by his first name when they scolded him as a child. Before turning 16, he traveled to Flensburg, Germany, where his brother accommodated him as a student in order to practice the language. It was there where he gave his first concert with his brother’s band.
The then-young musician also played soccer as a goalie, and although he was close to beginning a career in that sport, he finally decided on music. Throughout his adolescence, his artistic inclination continued, participating in various musical groups of which he formed part at Colegio Andino in Bogotá. He subsequently studied music at Javeriana University and independently conducted workshops in classical guitar and song with key music teachers.
In his artistic career he has had the opportunity to record independently and to belong to different groups, beginning his career in a more professional way with La Cósmica Charanga, a group at Javeriana University, as a vocalist and percussionist; in Zona de Tambora (founded by Ernesto “El Teto” Ocampo, Guillermo Vives and Gilbert Martínez) as a vocalist and percussionist; La Banda de El Sitio de Santiago Cruz as a singer; with Fanny Lu as a guitarist and backing vocalist; and as a member of the duo Gusi & Beto, with which he became famous.
Today, Gusi alternates his career as a singer-songwriter with that as a songwriter for other artists, also belongs to the record label of Latin music superstar Carlos Vives, “Gaira Música Local.” In November 2022, he made his debut as a mentor on Caracol TV’s reality show “La Descarga” alongside other big music stars in Colombia: Maía, Santiago Cruz and Marbelle