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Story courtesy of Wes James

Rich_McCready On Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 2013, Choctaw Tribal Member Rich McCready and his dad, William ‘Doc’ McCready, made history in St. Joseph, Mo. They became the first father and son to be inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame. At 43, Rich is also the youngest person to receive this prestigious honor. “Out of all my awards and accolades over the years, this [induction into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame] is the best one by far,” says Doc.

Rich goes on to agree with his dad that, “This is a huge honor and I’m proud to have shared this stage with my dad.” Doc and Rich join such other notables as rock and roll legend, Chuck Berry, Tenor Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, blues guitarist Teddy Paxton and radio host Bob Heater.

Influenced by classic country music artists like Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, George Strait and his dad, Rich grew up with country music and began performing at an early age. In 1992 Rich moved to Nashville to begin his career and subsequently toured with artists such as Tracy Byrd, Toby Keith, Patty Loveless and Garth Brooks.

In 1995 Rich signed with Magnatone Records and produced his first single, “Hangin On.” His video was voted one of the top CMT 100 videos of all times. Later, in 2004, McCready’s song was adopted by TNN as the theme song for their Championship Rodeo broadcast. During 1996 and 1997, McCready had three R&R Chart hit singles and two top-forty hits on the Billboard charts. Later he made history as the first artist to have songs he wrote and recorded make it to number one on Christian Country Music Association charts three years in a row.

McCready has been nominated by the Country Music Association for Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Single of the Year. In addition, he has received numerous awards including the prestigious First American in the Arts Award for Musical Achievement.

Rich left Nashville in 2005 and returned home to the Seneca, Mo., area. “I wanted my children to grow up in the same environment where I grew up and attend the same schools I attended,” Rich noted. “I wanted them to share the same great experience I had.”

Rich now performs primarily in the Midwest to be close to his family, but still tours a few times during the year. He also makes regular trips to Nashville to continue co-writing songs with some of the biggest names in country music. Rich also spends a considerable amount time helping talented young artists polish their performance skills and giving them valuable advice and incite about the music business.

Doc, who was born and raised in Sand Springs, graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1955. Then went on to get his degree in chemistry and biology from Northeastern State College in Talequah, Okla., in 1962. He then moved to Kansas City, Mo., to pursue a career in periodontics. Upon receiving his D.D.S in 1966, he went on to get his degree in periodontics in 1976. He and his wife Ramona then moved to Seneca to begin practicing in nearby Joplin. Music remained his beloved avocation through it all. For more than 50 years, singer/songwriter/musician and record producer Doc McCready has performed in the four-state, Missouri/Arkansas/Oklahoma/Kansas area and in the country music capitol, Nashville.

Money was never his objective when it came to music. Paid or not paid, Doc performed for the love of performing. An outstanding singer and accomplished instrumentalist, Doc is also a member of two professional songwriter’s organizations: the Midwest Chapter - Nashville Songwriters Association and ASCAP. In 2007 one of the songs he co-wrote, “If God Wrote a Country Song,” went to number one on the Christian Country Music Association charts. His latest co-creation, “A Good Country Song,” is currently available on son Rich McCready’s latest album, “Ride On.” Doc also produced his son’s 2005 album Rich McCready.

In addition to playing and singing with his own band, Doc has also joined sessions with some of the best, well-known musicians in country music. He has also shared the stage with his own singer/songwriter/recording artist son, Rich McCready and on TNN’s Wild Horse Saloon broadcasts.

In 2004, Doc and Rich opened “McCready Recording Studio” just south of Seneca. Doc recently retired from his periodontal practice to spend more time in this state-of-the-art facility. The studio, located in a peaceful, rural setting is unique when compared to Nashville studios located in the hustle and bustle of a major city. Besides featuring the latest and best technology available, the studio also provides dormitory accommodations for singers and band members who are working on record projects. For more info about the Missouri Music Hall of Fame please visit their website.