Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scotty McCreery - The Road To Gold

Just thought it would be nice to take a walk down memory lane hope ya all enjoy it.

Scotty - pre-idol (credit to: xretrorainbowsx)

The beginning

Your American Idol is: Scotty McCreery

Scotty performing ILYTB at the RBC Center (credit to: Jason Edge)

Scotty McCreery living a wild life as 'American Idol'

Scotty McCreery performs on ABC's Good Morning America


"Pretty wild" are the words Garner, N.C., native Scotty McCreery uses to describe his whirlwind life since winning the coveted "American Idol" title in May.

"It's been nonstop," he said in a recent telephone interview. "We've been here and there and everywhere. It's crazy. It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun."

McCreery will showcase his deep baritone country voice when the "American Idols Live!" tour comes to the Richmond Coliseum Saturday. The event also features performances by this season's other top contenders: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia.

Before becoming the youngest male winner in "American Idol's" history, McCreery, 17, was a typical teen, hanging out with friends, going to school and making a little extra cash by bagging groceries in his hometown.

Today, he is already a Nashville veteran. His single, "I Love You This Big," which he sang on the season finale, was the highest debut for a new artist's first single on Billboard's Nielsen Country Songs chart since 1990. His video for the song was recently released on his website,

In June, McCreery played and sang for 70,000 people at Nashville's CMA Music Fest, appeared on the CMT Music Awards and entertained audiences at the legendary Grand Ole Opry.

"I was wondering if Nashville would accept the 'Idol' kid and they really welcomed me," he said. "Being that young and getting the opportunity to be on the Grand Ole Opry was a cool experience for me."

McCreery's aw-shucks nature and jovial attitude made him a fan favorite with audiences during the competition. He said he can't pinpoint the moment he first began singing but his mom tells people he started testing out his vocal abilities when he was a toddler.

"I was in the children's choir at church," he said. "When I was 6 or 7, I sometimes sang with the adult choir."

The insightful teen understands that his life will never be the same after 'Idol,' and that realization comes with mixed feelings.

"I miss doing the normal things I grew up doing but it's tough to go back to being the same normal person," he said.

Southern to the core, McCreery clings to his roots even though he knows one day his career may lead to living in Nashville.

"Home is always Carolina," he said, adding that he hopes to return to Garner to finish high school.

Even though he always looks relaxed when he's singing, McCreery admits he gets nervous before he steps on stage.

"Once I get out there, I'm comfortable," he said.

He's looking forward to the release of his debut album with Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope.

"I'm finishing up my part," he said. "We still have to mix and master it but we are pretty close. It will probably come out in early fall."

"Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina is also signed to the same label. Fans of the show will remember the dating rumors that surfaced after Alaina planted a kiss on McCreery when he was named Season 10's "American Idol." McCreery takes a diplomatic stance when asked if there are any sparks between the two by saying they are just friends who may one day collaborate on a song.

"We've talked about doing a song together but we are still focused on establishing ourselves as separate artists," he said. "I am sure we will keep in touch."

The "American Idols Live!" tour is keeping McCreery very busy on and off the stage. Any spare moments are spent with fellow contestants.

"I am writing [songs] with the boys on the bus," he said. "When we get on the bus, we are jamming out with our guitars. We're laughing a lot, having a good old time."

He uses his Twitter account to keep fans up-to-date on his whereabouts. He recently secured the @ScottMcCreery handle and now has almost 300,000 followers.

"I am definitely the tweeter," he said.

The teen has already learned that his career is not really about him.

"My job is about the fans," he said.

He realizes that touring and being in the public eye are all part of the job description and said he's doing his best to remain levelheaded about his new-found fame.

"I just don't see myself getting a big head or thinking I am big stuff. I remember bagging groceries," he said. "My mom and dad keep me in line. If my head gets big, they will slap it out of me real quick."

After the tour ends, he will be thrust back into the media spotlight promoting his new album.

"I'll have a couple of performances and then it's back to being a kid for a couple of months," he said.

He believes "American Idol," which remains one of the most popular shows in America, was a great platform for him.

"Not too many people can say '38 million people watched me perform,' " he said.