Scotty McCreery Celebrates Birthday, Accepts Angels Among Us Award at St. Jude

Scotty McCreery: "The patients and families here have been an inspiration to me, just as I know they are to so many other country artists as well."

Scotty McCreery is gearing up to be a first-time dad in the coming weeks, but over the weekend, he was honored for helping children who are among the most in need.

Alabama singer Randy Owen presented McCreery with the Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award, which annually recognizes a country artist for their outstanding commitment and service to the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Finding cures and saving children.

Owen made the presentation during the Country Cares Seminar, an annual gathering of music artists and industry professionals who meet to learn how to help raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

 "It is a tremendous honor to receive the Angels Among Us Award from St. Jude," McCreery said in a statement. "The patients and families here have been an inspiration to me, just as I know they are to so many other country artists as well. With continued support from country radio and our loyal listeners, who pitch in to play their part for this wonderful cause, we can make a difference together by helping ensure that no family receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. That's a beautiful thing to me, and I'm happy to lend my voice in support of such an amazing cause. And then to receive this award from the legendary Randy Owen himself is a moment I'll treasure always."

McCreery, who has five consecutive No. 1 hits, including "Five More Minutes" and "This Is It" to his credit, has been a champion of St. Jude since 2014. He and his wife Gabi have visited the St. Jude campus and appeared on "Celebrity Family Feud" to benefit the children's research hospital. The singer has supported several St. Jude campaigns over nearly a decade of partnership.

Past recipients of the Angels Among Us award include namesake Randy Owen, Country groups, Florida Georgia Line and Lady A, artists Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and industry leaders Lon Helton and Bill Mayne.

McCreery also celebrated his 29th birthday while at the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. After Owen presented him with the Angels Among Us Award on Saturday night, he asked the audience to sing Happy Birthday to McCreery. Then Owen, McCreery and Craig Morgan participated in a guitar pull.

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