Scotty McCreery turns 18 years old today. To say it's been a big year for the high school senior would be an understatement of enormous proportions. Imagine that just 12 months ago he was sitting at home in Garner, N.C. hoping he could make it out of the Hollywood rounds on 'American Idol,' and this month he'll be singing the National Anthem at the World Series.
McCreery celebrated his birthday with a few thousand fans, friends and family during a concert/album release party in Raleigh, N.C. yesterday. Always the generous soul, he made sure 11 different charities had 100 tickets each to the show. It was his way of giving back after a year in which his hometown has been so supportive of him. Happy birthday, Scotty!
Scotty will go to college, but he might not major in music.
Belmont University in Nashville and N.C. State University are two schools McCreery is considering after finishing up at Garner High School. He'd study music business at Belmont, but that wouldn't be his focus at N.C. State. He tells Country Weekly that he might take advantage of the strong engineering program at his hometown school. He jokes that he might not be smart enough to get in, but he's been a regular honor roll student in high school.
That funny microphone grip — he can't explain it either.
How could we forget McCreery's flute-like microphone grip from the early rounds of 'American Idol.' A choir director of his suggested it was because he always sang into a crooked neck microphone, but the now 18 year old says it isn't that simple. “I don’t know what the heck that was,” McCreery tells the Boston Globe. “I think it’s just because I'm used to pitching, and that’s how I hold the ball in the glove with the limp wrist in the glove. I never held a mic before 'American Idol.'”
Scotty's bracelet carries an important message.
The cross around McCreery's neck has become more famous than the bracelet around his wrist, maybe because it was the necklace he turned to after Lady Gaga gave him sensational advice during 'American Idol.' However, the words 'I am second,' a deference to God, are scrolled into his wrist-wear.
Scotty has space dreams.
Perhaps McCreery is considering the engineering program at N.C. State University because he hasn't given up on his space dreams. In an early episode of 'American Idol,' the singer said he always wanted to explore space, but “my brains were not astronaut material.” Don't give up Scotty, maybe like Steve Miller you can be the 'Space Cowboy.'
He didn't really have to go back to school.
Multiple sources, including teachers, have revealed that Scotty only needs one class to graduate, and he could take it online if he wanted to. So why did he return for his senior year? Being around long time friends and family keeps him humble, McCreery says. Plus he doesn't want to miss out on senior year traditions like Friday night football and — maybe — prom.
There's a fire behind that boyish face.
McCreery's former baseball coach described a young man that few fans who've followed him since the early rounds of 'American Idol' are familiar with. His “competitive fire burns deep,” Garner High School's Kurtis Pake toldTaste of Country early this year. He described a game in which McCreery pitched a complete game, but wouldn't have given up the baseball if they'd tried to take it from him. The singer played it cool on stage during the television show, but one wonders how focused and driven he was to win, and not just finish with a nice consolation prize.
Scotty is a dog lover.
Scotty grew up with dogs, and his parents still have two Bichon Frises at home. They're named Junior and Becky, and McCreery has referred to them as “fou-fou” dogs and called them “weird.” Geesh, maybe he's not so much of a dog lover.
There's a baseball Hall of Famer in his family.
During a recent visit to the MLB studios, McCreery revealed that he's not only a fan of baseball, he's got the sport in his blood. Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter was on his mother Judy's side of the family. She says they're distant cousins, but the 'The Trouble With Girls Singer' quips, “I tell people we were closely related. He was my uncle.”
We were almost cheering for Evan McCreery.
Judy and Mike McCreery had a change of heart on the way to the hospital, and decided to name their second child Scott Cooke McCreery instead of Evan. The name Evan doesn't have the same wholesome, down-home ring to it. We'll stick with Scotty, although early 'American Idol' viewers may remember he called himself Scott during the auditions.
There's a girl out there who broke Scotty's heart.
Shortly before McCreery won 'American Idol,' his longtime guitar teacher revealed that McCreery was a talented songwriter as well. “I heard him do one about a girl … that was about how she had broken his heart,” Gary Epperson told Taste of Country, “and the girl at the party [was] cryin’.” Be careful ladies, seems like there's a littleTaylor Swift inside this handsome hero.