The clip – dedicated to both of McCreery’s grandfathers, and directed and produced by Jeff Ray – features the singer’s family home movies from throughout the years.
“The whole song is talking about time, and time gone by, and time you still wish you had, and those home videos are precious moments,” McCreery tells PEOPLE. “Everybody’s got those kind of videos that makes you look back on your life.”
McCreery says that after coming up with the concept for the video, he and his family dug up an impressive 48 hours-worth of home footage.
“There was always a camcorder, which is awesome – we wouldn’t have these memories you look back on now without it,” McCreery says of his parents capturing all those special moments. “They always had their old video camera.”
The 23-year-old actually penned the heartfelt track a few years back, and says it instantly became his personal favorite. Though McCreery has been performing the song at his shows ever since, he says the timing wasn’t “right” to record it until now.
“It’s wild to see people respond to it organically,” says McCreery of the song. “Everybody’s got their story. This song is my story, but everyone when they hear the song can have their moment.”
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McCreery’s grandfathers and other immediate family members aren’t the only ones to make an appearance in the “Five More Minutes” video: his longtime love Gabi also pops up among the vintage images and clips.
“She gave me a cut-off [on the photos],” says McCreery with a laugh. “She said I could go kindergarten to like 4th grade but don’t use the 5th grade picture or the middle school pictures. It was pretty cute, I think.”
He admits, “That’s probably my favorite part of the video.”