Scotty McCreery Performs Cover Of Jamey Johnson’s “In Color”

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Scotty McCreery Honored Jamey Johnson By Singing “In Color” In 2016

When the 50th CMA Awards were approaching in 2016, country legends and modern stars gathered to honor the genre’s rich history.

In the weeks leading up to the awards, many artists covered some of the greatest country songs in history. These covers were part of the CMA’s “Forever Country” series.

Scotty McCreery covered "In Color" by Jamey Johnson for the CMA Awards' "Forever Country" series in 2016
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Scotty McCreery participated in these sessions.

He covered Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.” The song was released in March 2008 reached the Top 10.

“In Color” went on to be honored as the Song of the Year at the 2008 ACM Awards. It was later named the Song of the Year at the CMA Awards in 2009.

This Song Tells A Story

If you’ve listened to Johnson’s original version of the song, you know why it earned such high honors.

The song is about a grandson who looks at old black and white photos from his grandfather’s life.with His grandfather tells him he should have been there to see it “in color.”

With such a heavy message, the song requires someone with a powerful voice to sing it.

McCreery brought that to his cover of “In Color.” He will have you hanging on every note. With only two guitarists to back him up, McCreery’s voice was soft and vulnerable in the beginning verse.

But just wait until you hear him reach the chorus. Because when he does, you’ll be blown away.

McCreery let his voice explode with a passionate energy. He also brought out a raspy tone that will give you chills.

He continues to daze and amaze throughout the rest of this extraordinary performance. 

McCreery’s cover is definitely something you have to see “in color,” and you can in the video below. There’s no denying his talent!