This Is It

Album: Seasons Change (2018)
Charted: 42

Songfacts®:

  • Scotty McCreery drew inspiration from his engagement to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal for this warm and romantic song. Both hailing from Garner, North Carolina, the couple have known each other since kindergarten and began dating during their senior year of high school. McCreery eventually popped the question to Gabi in September 2017, during a romantic hike in the mountains of their home state.
  • Way up in the mountains
    Four thousand feet high
    There's a trail through the trees to a cliff
    Where Carolina meets the sky


    The track was actually written by McCreery with collaborators Aaron Eshuis and Frank Roger just before he proposed to Gabi. "We wrote it two weeks before we got engaged," he confessed.

    To make sure reality matched the song McCreery had to make sure the special day panned out as he had envisioned. "Which is odd for me — I'm not a planner," he admitted. "I think that's how I tipped her off that I was gonna propose that week because she was like, 'You had this whole weekend planned out. That's odd.'"
    He added with a smile: "If things hadn't gone to plan and we hadn't gotten to the mountain, I probably would have had to scrap the song."

    Fortunately, everything went as planned and following the proposal, the happy couple were greeted by the friends and family who had joined them for their special occasion. However, McCreery had one last surprise up his sleeve. "I shared 'This Is It' with Gabi as soon as we got back to the cabin, after the proposal," he revealed. "Her family was there and we put it on the Apple TV and played it over the speakers. Yeah, there were some tears, and her mom was getting all misty-eyed and everything."
  • The intimate Jeff Ray-directed music video is comprised of actual footage from Scotty and Gabi's wedding on June 16, 2018, in North Carolina as well as the other festivities linked to their big day.
  • Girl I know that you've been waiting and talking to your friends
    Wondering if and wondering where and wondering when
    Well I've been waiting too, holding on to this ring
    For the right words to say, for the right time and place, for me to get on one knee


    Scotty McCreery told Billboard this is his favorite lyric from the song as he had the ring in the closet for four or five months. "I was waiting for the right time, but I was scared she might open the closet and do some clothes hunting," he explained. "I had it in a shoebox, in a shoebox, in another shoebox, so she would've had to been really looking for it."

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