Better than George Strait? You decide. (Very sweet movie scene, by the way):
Scotty definitely made it his own, no question about that. His voice is deeper, though I think Strait is a little smoother. I would still give Strait the edge, but both versions are beautiful.
McCreery has loads of potential and IMO already deserves to be counted among the best country singers out there. He’s poised to become this generation’s Randy Travis. I’d say at this point the main thing he should work on is smoothing out his upper register. The judges pointed out that he does tend to fall off his high notes a little. But that sort of thing should just improve naturally with more practice and experience. The kid is 17 for crying out loud!
By the way, I had to pick a nit with the fact that some people are calling him a “bass singer.” Clearly they have never listened to any southern gospel basses. Scotty is quite obviously a baritone with an extended lower register.