Monday, October 3, 2011

Twitter Party for Clear As Day Release

Scotty tweeted that to celebrate the release of Clear As Day he is having a Twitter party at midnight eastern standard time. If you're up and on Twitter, make sure to include #clearasday to help get it trending on Twitter per Scotty's request. :)

If you are out tomorrow grabbing your copy of Clear As Day make sure to pick up a copy of the October 11th issue of Country Weekly. Scotty talks about life after the American Idols Live Tour and Clear As Day.

Lastly, if you have GAC tune in tonight to watch Introducing: Scotty McCreery at 9.

Scotty McCreery Inspired by Family, Hometown

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Scotty McCreery Inspired by Family, Hometown for Debut Album
American Idol Winner Releases Clear as Day
October 3, 2011

Scotty McCreery, the reigning champion of American Idol, is an easy guy to talk to. He's polite, friendly and obviously a talented, crowd-pleasing singer. In other words, he's going to be just fine as a full-time country star.

In the meantime, he's enjoying his senior year in high school in Garner, N.C., and definitely looking at colleges -- including a few in Nashville.

"It might take me 20 years, but it's going to happen," he tells

McCreery, who turns 18 on Sunday (Oct. 9), will release his debut album, Clear as Day, on Tuesday and will sing the national anthem on Oct. 19 at the first game of the World Series.

He recently dropped by CMT to talk about the influences of his family and hometown on his album. And if you're wondering how he stays so easygoing, he gladly shares the no-nonsense motto he lives by.

CMT: How involved were you in finding the material for the new album?

McCreery: I was 100 percent involved. It was basically my decision toward the very end. I'd get a lot of outside opinions and ask the family how they felt about different stuff. But, ultimately, it had to feel right to me in order to get on the album.

Why was it important to bring your family into that decision?

A lot of the songs on the album are about family and hometowns. I just wanted to make sure it was a family project. I was making sure all sides were happy and I didn't put something [on it] that would make somebody upset. We'd listen to it together and share our opinions and go with it.

What was your reaction the first time you heard "The Trouble With Girls," your current single?

Oh, I loved it. It was one of those songs where I stopped what I was doing and listened. The melody and the piano and the words in it -- it's just a sweet song. It struck a chord with me.

Initially, when I heard the title, I thought, "What the heck? I can't be singing about the trouble with girls!" But once I started hearing the lyrics and the way the lyrics were talking about the girls, it was a cool way of looking at things.

What caught your attention about "Water Tower Town"?

It was a lot like my hometown -- and the water tower was right across the railroad tracks from the baseball fields I grew up playing at. It was a big imagery song for me. I was seeing my town when I was listening to it and seeing it when I sing it now. It was one of those songs that was a shoo-in. I didn't have to have to think twice about it.

Were you able to stretch your vocal range more than you might have expected?

Yeah. You'll hear a couple of points on the album where I really stretch it. There are even times when I was sitting there in the recording studio, and I had probably done a couple of passes, and I'd say, "Let me try something different really quick." I'd go up a few more notes and try something a little different, and it ended up on the record. You've always got to test yourself. You've always got to try to put something new out there and not do the same-old, same-old routine.

You went back to high school this year. Why was that important?

Yes, sir. I had a test yesterday. It was important because it was my senior year. I know it's going to be 100 percent normal, but I didn't want to miss all the memories. I went back for homecoming ... and I got to catch a football game last week, so it was fun getting back. And it still is. I'll be going back when all this [promotion] dies down in a month or so.

How many students at your school listen to country music?

Pretty much all of them. We grew up in North Carolina, so you can't really escape it. A majority of them are country music lovers. It was good for me on the show. They didn't have to fake it that they liked me. (laughs)

I understand that you auditioned for American Idol in Milwaukee.

Yeah. Actually, we were thinking about doing it in Nashville, but I was at the beach on a youth trip and my dad was out of town. So we made a decision to go ahead and go to Milwaukee. And it worked out well for us. It was really to go get some feedback and to hear what they'd say to me. We didn't expect much at all. And they kept putting me through, and it was like, "Wow, this is really happening."

Was that a road trip?

No, we flew. I'm not one for those kind of road trips. I can take a couple of hours, but that would have been insane.

As for your schedule now, you're on the road a lot. How long did it take you to get into the rhythm of touring?

It took me a good while. At first, everybody gets homesick. I was missing home and missing friends. I think the show knocked some of that out of me because I had to be focused on the show at all hours of the day, every day of the week. The tour thing, it wasn't too much of a shock. It still takes some getting used to -- going to a different city every day and not being home and seeing family and friends -- but it was a good experience.

You're well known for your laidback personality. Is that a common trait in your family?

I don't know about common. We've got a lot of hard workers, and I'm a hard-working dude, but I don't let stuff get to me. I mean, I don't do drama. Don't bring it to me because I'm going to send it back to you. I just take life and run with it. That's what you've got to do.

Was that a conscious decision? Or have you always been that way?

I wouldn't say conscious. I just never had any use for drama or getting worked up about something I had no control over. The saying we say back home, that we live by, is "SHDC." -- "short hair, don't care." So if something comes our way we don't like, you've got to have short hair about it.

What are you looking forward to the most over the next couple of months?

Seeing how the record does. Getting out there and performing the songs live. Meeting the fans face to face. And really getting out there and being a part of this country music community.

Scotty McCreery Talks 'Clear As Day' Tracks, Family Support and the 'American Idol' 'Pressure Cooker' - Hollywood Reporter

They say behind every good man is a woman, and American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery would be first to admit that the women in his life have shaped the artist he is today. Which makes the inclusion of a song called “The Trouble with Girls” a peculiar choice for the 17-year-old’s debut album Clear As Day (out Oct. 4).
“My mom and my sister have shown me how to treat females with respect,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “After some boyfriends she had in the past, my sister would say, ‘Don’t do that.’ She’s been great to me. They have both been right by my side from the start – my mom since the show started in February and then on tour. Idol’s fun, but it’s a pressure cooker.  It’s a tough thing to do seven days a week, all hours of the day. I don’t know how the rest of the kids did it without a mom or somebody there to help them out.  It was definitely a nice plus for me.”
Mom Judy, as well as McCreery’s father, Mike, played all-important roles in helping their son wade through the muddy waters of the music industry, which the country crooner says he is still figuring out.
“There’s a lot more work behind the scenes,” he says. “Paperwork and stuff. I told my mom that I just want to sing some songs! But she’s been great with the business side of things.”
It’s a strange position to be in. Still in high school, years from being legally allowed to have your first beer, and you’re expected to make adult decisions that involve hundreds of thousands of dollars and could significantly alter your life? Fortunately, a perk of fame is meeting more seasoned artists that take time to mentor young talent, such as Brad Paisley, who invited the young singer out on the road.
“It’s an honor to go out on the road with somebody like him who has been in this business forever,” says McCreery. “He knows the ins and outs. It is going to be a fun experience, but it’s also going to be a learning experience. I’ll be learning about the road life and about country music through somebody like Brad.”
On the flip side, one minor annoyance of fame is constant speculation about McCreery’s love life -- which was once again brought into the spotlight by Idol host Ryan Seacrest on his syndicated radio show.
“People like to make up rumors. Just last [month] Ryan Seacrest asked me ‘What’s up with you and Thia (Megia)?’” said McCreery, bemused. “People want to know stuff about your personal life, and that comes with this job, being out in front of the public eye but, sometimes… just keep things on the low.”
McCreery is turning 18 on October 9, just days after he releases Clear As Day, which he hopes will paint a clear picture of who he is beyond the TV persona and through his music. It’s produced by Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), who first met the Garner, North Carolina teen during Idol’s top 3 week.
“He produced ‘Amazed’ when I sang it that week,” McCreery explains. “They brought him in because we were starting to think of life after Idol and wanting to connect with Nashville. Mark is a big Nashville guy behind producing for Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, and he worked with Lonestar, who sang “Amazed.”  We just kind of hit it off. We come from the same background, and that was definitely a more personal and better relationship that I established out there.”
The combination has produced a collection peppered with small-town references and family values -- from Friday Night football games, to family dinners where, “Nobody eats until you say, Amen,” trucks, pretty girls, water towers, sweet tea and simple living.
Of all of the songs on the album, one track, “Dirty Dishes,” passed the important “mom test.”  When McCreery played the song, whose lyrics tells of a mother saying a prayer of thanks for noisy children, a tired husband, and dirty dishes, she teared up as the words hit home -- because in the end, those things make a happy home.
“That’s one of my mom’s favorites,” says McCreery. “We were in Nashville listening to it in the office, and she started bawling, so we figured it was a big one. We actually weren’t planning on cutting it, but we pushed another song out of the bunch just so we can do that one.”
McCreery says it wasn’t difficult choosing songs for the album and that the process “flowed naturally… We had a big meeting in Nashville with a lot of publishers and a lot of writers. I told them exactly what I was looking for and the songs I was looking to put on this record.”
The teen says if there was a specific theme to the record, it’s love. “It’s got the love of a family, like ‘Dirty Dishes,’ or the love of a town in ‘Water Tower Town,’ which speaks of the way I grew up. The water tower where I grew up was right across the baseball field where I played at. I got a lot of energy when I’m singing that song. It hits home with me.”
Speaking of the song “Back on the Ground,” McCreery expounds: “It can be about a college student or someone in my situation. Everybody thinks when they’re young -- 17 or 18 -- they want to get out of the house real early and move on. But once you’ve been gone for a while, you end up missing stuff. I’ve been missing home.  There is one line in there that says: ‘Restless and time to move on / Now it’s any reason to get back home.’  It really speaks to this: I’m glad to go out there and sing every night, because that is what I really wanted to do my whole life, but it’s nice every now and then to be home and have some kind of normal in your life.”
Additional songs on the album sure to make a splash with the country audience: “That Old King James, written by Phillip White and Mark Nesler, which also passed the mom crying test, the lead-off track, “Out of Summertime” and the title track, about a girl who never makes it home from a Friday night football game because of a car accident. There is also a track, “Walk in the Country,” contributed by Keith Urban and Vernon Rust.
“I met [Urban] at the CMT Awards show,” says McCreery, who added that Urban sent the song, originally recorded by his old band, The Ranch, with a note that said it would be a good match for McCreery.
“My label sent it to me, and even if they hadn’t told me it was a Keith Urban song, I would have loved it,” he says. “the feeling of the songs, the lyrics, and everything behind it… Having a Keith Urban song is a huge bonus in my book, and Keith is a great guy, too. When I met him he was cool and really down to earth.”
As for his Idol experience, McCreery holds on to advice dispensed by Jimmy Iovine to this very day. “A lot of people were trying to make me do pop one week, change it up,” he says. “Jimmy was really keen on me staying true to me and not confusing people.

Watch "Scotty's Video Blog: Back to School" on YouTube

Scotty McCreery live chat with "The Boot" begins soon

Scotty McCreery is set to do a live chat with The Boot at 1 pm. If we can put it here we will, but for now follow the link. Also, Scotty is asking for questions on twitter for him to answer during the interview do @ScottyMcCreery and include #TheBoot in the tweet

Here is the live video "via" youtube if you missed it early Scotty McCreery Live Interview


Scotty McCreery answers your questions live on The Boot! On Monday, Oct. 3 from 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET, the 'American Idol' winner will be taking your questions right here, live from our studios in New York City. Click in the white box below the video player to sign in with your Facebook, Twitter or AOL username and password, and then click 'Back to Chatter' to type your question into the white box. Scotty will answer your questions live in the video player below at 1:00 PM ET!

To be linked to the interview, click here.

Scotty McCreery's friend Kyle Wiggins on WQDR

Scotty's friend Kyle Wiggins will be talking about shooting The Trouble With Girls video on WQDR tomorrow
Everyone, that can, needs to tune in & listen. WQDR are huge supporters of Scotty!

Scotty's friend Kyle Wiggins tweeted this a little bit ago:
Good talking to @ mikewheless today..
can't wait to be on 94.7 WQDR
tomorrow morning at 7:10 #tunein

Scotty McCreery Discusses Birthday Plans on the Today Show

Scotty McCreery Performs ‘The Trouble With Girls,’ Discusses Birthday Plans on ‘Today’ Show
By: Billy Dukes Taste of Country| 2 minutes ago

Scotty McCreery joked about his busy schedule in preparation for tomorrow’s ‘Clear as Day’ album release on the ‘Today’ show on Monday morning. The ‘The Trouble With Girls’ singer admits his life is pretty hectic, but brushed off the stress by adding that he has youth on his side.
“Mama’s out on the road with me keeping me sane, so it’s been all good,” McCreery said before performing his current single for viewers and the ‘Today’ show hosts. He added that it’s been important for him to keep in touch with friends and family back home in Garner, N.C. They’ve kept his feet on the ground as he’s toured America and appeared on seemingly every national television talk show. Last weekend, he thanked friends and family by filming his new video at Garner High School and including over 70 locals in it.
McCreery’s performance of ‘The Trouble With Girls’ was as focused and passionate as previous renditions of ‘I Love You This Big.’ The live version doesn’t include the soaring string section found on the album version. Perhaps he’ll be able to carry a bigger entourage with him when he opens for Brad Paisley in 2012.
This Sunday is the ‘American Idol’ winner’s 18th birthday, and he told the ‘Today’ show that he’d be celebrating with a concert and CD release party in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday. Tickets for that show are free, but you must win them through local television and radio stations.
Watch Scotty McCreery on the ‘Today’ Show

Scotty McCreery sings for the first The Trouble With Girls Live, other notable events

I saw something today that, to me, was interesting. I think you will all enjoy it too! For the first time, Scotty sang his new single Live today.. What other amazing things that happened this day in history that relate to Scotty.  Let me tell you. lol

Today, 1945: Elvis sings in public for the 1st time in 1945 winning $5 in a talent contest! 8 yrs later he joins country label Sun Records.
1789 Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day
I just though these two things were interesting, considering it was Scotty's first time singing TTWG live.  Thanksgiving and Elvis!  Just wanted to share <3

Scotty McCreery Taste of Country

Scotty McCreery Heads Back to School for
'The Trouble With Girls’ Video Shoot

Steve Exum, Getty Images
Scotty McCreery has headed back to his hometown high school to shoot his video for ‘The Trouble With Girls.’ The North Carolina native hit the halls of Garner High School, where McCreery is currently enrolled as a senior, on Saturday, Oct. 1, and he brought plenty of his friends along for the shoot.

According to, 17-year-old McCreery and his G.H.S. buddies partook in everyday student activities, like conducting science experiments and passing notes in class. “For me, it’s all about making it believable,” McCreery said. “Even the songs in my album – they’re about my life.”

Nashville-based director Roman White is taking control of producing ‘The Trouble With Girls’ clip, and he said the high school made for the perfect video set. “It’s kind of a high school story about boys and girls and first love – kind of innocent glances,” White, who has also directed videos for names like Taylor Swift, said.

McCreery took to Twitter to express how fun and special the video shoot was for him. He wrote, “#thetroublewithgirls + garner high + best friends + baseball + football + goggles, chemistry explosions, and a great lab partner = #greatday.” He also tweeted, “absoultely [sic] INCREDIBLE day back in Gtown!!! this was truly one to remember.. I cannot wait for yall to see this music video! … i really am pumped.. it takes a lot for me to use all caps on a word in a tweet, haha. but this will definitely be a special video!”

Even though McCreery is excited about releasing his new video, his friends are absolutely ecstatic to have roles in the video. “It’s kinda hard to believe,” Tyler White, 17, told News Observer. “When he left, we were proud of him, but we never thought it would come down to this – shooting a video here. It’s kind of surreal.” Gabi Dugal, 17, was also feeling a little starstruck about being involved with the project. “I never thought I’d be on TV, so it’s going to be really weird,” she said.

Scotty McCreery’s debut album ‘Clear as Day’ will hit retailers this Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Listen to Scotty McCreery

FFWD to 2:05 Mark to hear what Scotty thinks about women having power over men.


Scotty McCreery Sings The Trouble with Girl Live on the Today Show

Amazing performance! You really need to watch this performance in full screen mode. To do that, on the video you will see arrows pointing in all four directions, click that and it will become the size of your monitor. I'm so proud of you Scotty. You really did an amazing job.

How proud of him were you when you watched this today?