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Scotty McCreery’s Parents Say They’re Ready for a ‘New Normal’

Taste of Country By: Amy Sciarretto | 4 hours ago

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Scotty McCreery allowed cameras to follow him around for several months after he nabbed the ‘American Idol’ crown, and the result is the GAC special ‘Introducing… Scotty McCreery,’ which first aired last night. The half-hour documentary featured interviews with his mom, Judy, his dad, Mike, and his teachers and coaches from Garner, N.C., which he referred to as a “nice big small town.”
While there was some previously unseen footage of the singer, any self-respecting Scotty McCreery follower or ‘Idol’ devotee is already familiar with most of the details that were outlined in the special. However, one key nugget of information was explored that isn’t reported on too often: McCreery is also a seriously skilled and talented guitarist. His guitar teacher, Gary Epperson, recalled that at the ripe age of 9, Scotty “had rhythm in his right hand.” McCreery is known for that deep voice of his, and while he can and has played guitar on ‘Idol,’ that’s now a skill he can certainly fall back on for future recordings.
The most emotional and touching scene took place when McCreery returned home to Garner during his ‘Idol’ season, breaking down in tears from the sheer emotion. He was overwhelmed by the love his hometown demonstrated for him. His father acknowledged that it was pretty heartwarming to see 30,000 people there to support his son.
Judy McCreery admitted that she knew her son would have to grow up quick if he was crowned the ‘American Idol,’ saying, “I didn’t know what to expect but knew that if he won, our lives would be changed forever and we’d have to get ready for the new normal.” The new normal includes concerts, meet and greets, demoing songs, late night TV performances and more!
There was also footage of the singer singing and playing his guitar, sounding exactly the same and looking exactly the same — just a few years younger.
Scotty McCreery’s ‘Clear as Day’ album is out today.


CNN: 'Idol' winner Scotty McCreery juggles school and stardom

By Mike Ayers

This week, "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery releases his debut album, "Clear as Day."

As one would expect, the record's 12 songs feature his deep crooning voice paired with lyrics about new love and small town aspirations. Fans of the teen should come away satisfied with this first effort, in that it's pretty much what one might expect from a young musician with a gifted voice who one day found himself with a sizable record advance and access to coveted Nashville session players.

The 17-year-old McCreery is juggling his senior year of high school this fall along with promoting his album. So just how exactly does that work? CNN spoke with McCreery from his home in Garner, North Carolina, about just that as well as young love, and what drink he will walk miles to enjoy.

CNN: You're just starting your senior year in high school. What's the class schedule like?

Scotty McCreery: They didn't want me to have the first block because they didn't want me to be a distraction to kids getting to school. So I go in the second block and am there for the rest of the day. Next semester's going to be the tough one. I have AP English and all that jazz.

CNN: How's this work: You go on the "American Idol" tour, have amazing catering and then have to come back to cafeteria food?

McCreery: (Laughs) Yeah, the catering was amazing on the tour ... I probably gained a few pounds I'll have to run off. But they let us go off campus, the juniors and seniors; we have a really big school and the cafeteria can't fit us all in there. We go out to Bojangles or Chick-fil-A. But we had Mexican food today, El Dorado's.

CNN: Tell me about recording "Clear as Day."

McCreery: Oh yeah, it was a lot of fun. It was kind of like the traveling studio, you know. We started off in Nashville and recorded a bunch of songs and once we got the tracks laid down, when I was on tour, whatever city I was in we'd stop by a studio and they'd bring the equipment from Nashville and we'd lay down some vocals and then on to the next.

CNN: Looking back, does the record evoke certain themes?

McCreery: Yeah, we were talking about this today, actually.
It's got a cool thing about love. Not necessarily the boy-girl love or anything; it talks about everyday love, it talks about family love with kids and parents, love with loss, love for my hometown on "Water Tower Town." It's not necessarily one theme of love, but it's got a lot of influences. It's a cool way that I like to think of it.

CNN: It's very much rooted in what someone you're age would be going through: Summer love, figuring out girls, football games.

McCreery: For me, an emotion is an emotion, whether you're 70 or 17. At 70, you might have much more experience with it and know a little bit more about it, but if a 17 year old says they have a broken heart, in my eyes, they have one.

CNN: And those are some of the worst kinds.

McCreery: Oh, they're horrible, absolutely horrible.

CNN: Some country records are riddled with clichés; how do you avoid those?

McCreery: The whole cliché thing people think about country music, you know, "drinking with the boys" it isn't country music at all. Country music is real and talks about real-life situations and I think with this record we did that.
There's a song called "Back on the Ground" and it can talk about a college student or someone like me, where you want to get of town and go live life but then when you're at it for awhile, you can't wait to get back. I've been at home for maybe 10 days since February and any time I can get a chance to get home, it's a blessing.

CNN: Does going into this genre after "American Idol" give you a leg up versus other people coming out of that show that make a pop or an R&B record?

McCreery: You know, I'm not so sure exactly on that. But country fans are really loyal and they were really supportive of me. I didn't do the honky-tonk in the traditional way, but now, I'm the newbie in country music. I was the "American Idol" and all that, but now I'm making the transition and I'm low down the ranks. Just like the senior in high school who becomes the freshman in college. I got to work hard and hopefully get my sea legs and stay around for a bit.

CNN: Obviously, your voice is the bread and butter. How do you take care of it these days?

McCreery: On the road it was tough, singing every night and talking a lot. We had this thing called Throat Coat that we'd drink a lot. Anytime I don't have to be yellin' or talking, I'm trying to ease off on it. I'm using it a lot and I don't want to hurt it. It's my instrument.

CNN: You mentioned the song "Water Tower Town" -- it might be one of the only songs that gives a shout out to sweet tea.

McCreery: I think that was the only one. I was the guy on 'Idol' that walked six miles to [get some tea]. There was a time that I was going to go to McDonald's because that was the only place in California you could find sweet tea. I took a right instead of a left, and I ended up walking six miles to get some sweet tea. I kept thinking as I was walking "Man this is a long mile."


Scotty on Regis and Kelly

Don't forget to watch Scotty on Regis and Kelly this AM, well update this spot with videos when they become available.  Scotty tweeted this AM that he'll be singing "A COUPLE" songs off the album.  Please don't forget to include #ClearAsDay in all your tweets today. 

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Scotty McCreery's 'Clear' career path – USATODAY.com

Scotty McCreery's 'Clear' career path
By Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY

NASHVILLE – Scotty McCreery likes to compare American Idol to senior year in high school. There, as the winner of the show's 10th season, he was big man on campus. Today, though, McCreery releases his debut album, Clear as Day, and that's more akin to going off to college. "I'm the freshman who's still having to learn his way around," says the fresh-faced 17-year-old from Garner, N.C. "Hopefully, this album does well, and I can stick around."

Fortunately, some of country's upperclassmen are taking McCreery under their wing. Keith Urban pitched him one of his songs, Walk in the Country, for the album. Brad Paisley asked McCreery to join his 2012 tour.

Love You This Big, which McCreery performed on the Idol finale, went to No. 15 on USA TODAY's country airplay chart and sold 604,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. New single The Trouble With Girls cracked the country top 40 this week.

The rest of the album favors time-honored country themes like religion, family and coming of age, and the title track takes a chilling twist. "We didn't want to have this poppy, rock-y new country," he says. "We wanted to bring the tradition back."

Phyllis Stark, executive editor of country music for industry news site Radio-Info.com, predicts Clear as Day will be the week's top-selling country album. "I can't see him not being successful," Stark says. "Everybody I know has been impressed, and this is a tough crowd to win over."

In person, McCreery comes across as remarkably levelheaded for someone whose life has been upended. "I don't do drama," he says. "If you bring drama into my life, I'll shoot it right back at you."

He shrugs off negative comments that some radio programmers made about him during his Idol run. "A lot of people didn't know if they wanted to believe in me. When I saw that, I said, 'Now I've got to kick it.'"

As for real college, McCreery plans to attend after graduating from his hometown high school next spring. North Carolina State University, Middle Tennessee State University and Belmont University are contenders.
"We'll see where we end up. But I'll be in college. It might take 10 years to get the degree, but I'll be there."