Island Hopper marks 10th anniversary with headliner Scotty McCreery

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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2024 with 10 days of outstanding performances Sept. 20 – 29.

This year’s headliner is BMI singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery, whose hit song, “Cab in a Solo,” currently tops the country radio singles chart, according to Mediabase.

On Sept. 29, McCreery will wrap up Island Hopper with a pool party performance at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach.

Jeffrey Steele

In addition, Island Hopper welcomes five-time Grammy nominee and BMI singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele. On Sept. 26, Steele will join the Gulf Coast Symphony in a live performance at the Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers.

The annual festival was recently named one of the top 5 music fests by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

You may remember Scotty McCreery as the teen who won Season 10 of “American Idol.” Now, he’s 30 and a seasoned country music veteran. His sixth album, “Rise and Fall,” is due out on May 10. On April 20, McCreery fulfilled a dream and officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The award-winning, singer-songwriter’s most recent hit, “Cab in a Solo,” was penned with Frank Rogers, Aaron Eshuis and Derek Wells. It’s a tear-in-your-beer ballad sung to a plastic cup of red wine.  

Jeffrey Steele wrote “What Hurts the Most,” performed by Rascal Flatts, and it was nominated in 2006 for Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards. A few of his other chart-topping songs include “Raise ’Em Up,” “Knee Deep,” “Here,” “These Days,” and “The Cowboy in Me.” Steele has written songs for Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Cher, Rascal Flatts, Bob Seger and performed with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson and others. 

Island Hopper gives fans the opportunity to see singer-songwriters perform in smaller venues with a tropical setting as the backdrop. Be sure to catch a live Island Hopper performance at these four locations around Southwest Florida:

  • Captiva Island, Sept. 20-22
  • Cape Coral, Sept. 23-24
  • Downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 25-26
  • Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 27-29

While most Island Hopper performances are free, the McCreery and Steele performances, along with a few experiences, will be ticketed. Look for these events to go on sale in June. For the full lineup and ticket information, visit or download the Island Hopper app.

As of May 15, more than 40 songwriters have been confirmed for this year’s festival, with many more to added. 

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is presented by BMI, iHeart Radio’s Cat Country 107.1, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods. 

Happenings Magazine is again a media partner of the 10-day music fest.

Visit Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopperfest as well as Instagram and Facebook. 


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