Monday, October 17, 2011

Congrats to WQDR (Scotty 94.7)

Scotty's hometown country radio station, WQDR 94.7 won the 2011 CMA Award for Radio Station of the Year Large Market! Throughout Scotty's journey they have been a great support by renaming their station Scotty 94.7 while he was on Idol, hosting both his hometown and birthday concert, regularly interviewing Scotty, family and friends to get us important Scotty news and much more. Scotty has shown his gratitude often by thanking them in his album thank you's, giving them the first air of 'The Trouble With Girls', appearing in ads and by giving them their own award for his Gold record for 'I Love You This Big'.

So congratulations QDR from Scotty fans and thank you for supporting him along with us!

94.7 QDR has won the CMA Award for Radio Station of the Year Large Market! We could not have won this award without you, so consider the award as much yours as it is ours.

You can listen to our demo entry here. It's filled with amazing amazing QDR listeners like yourself. Taylor Swift called the Q Morning Crew to deliver the news. Click here to listen to the call. Watch the 45th Annual CMA Awards November 9th on ABC.

If you watch closely, you might catch a quick snapshot of us accepting! Thank you from all of us here at 94.7 QDR!"

~ The Q Crew

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina: Big ‘Idols’ Make Even Better Role Models

I've only posted the portion of the article that pertains to Scotty. To read the whole article click on the link below.
Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina: Big ‘Idols’ Make Even Better Role Models

By Deborah Evans Price | senior editor,

Posted: Fri, 10/14/2011 - 13:51

Life after the post-show American Idol Tour has continued to be a whirlwind for season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina.

The talented teens have each been promoting their debut albums, which release a week apart. Scotty’s Clear As Day bowed October 4 and Lauren’s Wildflower hit stores October 11.

“We’ve been working on this thing since day one after the show,” Scotty says of his full-length debut album. (An EP was released in June to satisfy fans until his full album was ready.) “We’re really proud of what we’ve got.”

McCreery’s Clear As Day
Rightfully so. Produced by former head of Christian label Word Records, Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), the impressive collection suits Scotty’s values and showcases his considerable vocal gift.

Songs like “That Old King James” about a grandfather’s Bible handed down from generation to generation and “Water Tower Town,” a reflection of Scotty’s small-town roots growing up in Garner, NC, an ode to the water tower across from where Scotty played baseball in his youth.

When he heard the song “Dirty Dishes,” he kicked another song off the album to make room for it. “Mama heard it and she sat down crying,” he shares. Scotty says the song about a mother’s prayer as her family sits down to dinner “struck a nerve... It brought back a lot of good memories.”

“I just wanted to give them a little piece of me,” he says of what he hopes to deliver fans. Scotty says Bright was a perfect choice as producer. “It was a really cool thing that Mark and I got together because he’d worked with Carrie Underwood and had been through my exact situation,” Scotty says of Bright working with Underwood after her American Idol win. “Also he’s had a background in Christian music, so he knew exactly where I was coming from in the country format as well as my background in church and the Christian aspect in my life.”

Life Lessons on a Big Stage
Scotty says playing sports helped him prepare for the inevitable insecurities felt in the music business.

“On the mound, I’ve been in situations where it’s bases loaded, no outs and all eyes are on me,” says the young pitcher. “If I mess up, it’s my fault we lose the game and if I happen to strike out the next three, I’m the hero. It’s a lot of pressure. It built me up to be able to go on stage and have the confidence that I have getting up there in front of thousands of people. Trust me, I still get butterflies and still get nervous as all get out, but it’s been a nice training ground to [prepare me to] get up on that stage. Baseball is not just a sport. You learn a lot about yourself and a lot of character so it was great to be able to grow up doing that.”
Scotty turns 18 on October 9 and Mercury Records Nashville planned a hometown celebration commemorating his birthday and the launch of his debut album.
Although he’s enjoying his burgeoning career as one of country music’s most promising new artists, Scotty is also looking forward to his senior year of high school, and hopes his days on the mound aren’t over yet.
“It looks like I’ll be back next season for most of the games,” says Scotty, who will be opening for Brad Paisley on tour. “We’re looking at the [concert] dates for next year if and it looks like that will be done about a quarter way through the baseball season, so I should be able to get back in uniform and see if I have anything left in the arm.”
“I’ve got one more class to graduate, but I’m taking a full load because I plan on applying to college,” he says. “School is important. It makes you a life long learner and it’s not just learning chemistry, it’s learning about life. It’s going to probably take me a few years extra [to get a degree] because I’ll be working and doing the singing thing, but we’re definitely heading that way.”

Great Expectations
Both young artists are excited about the platform that American Idol has given them to launch their music careers.

“They voted me through and I feel like we needed to put out an album that they would like to listen to,” Scotty says of his fans. “It is a lot of pressure though. A lot of people are expecting big things and hopefully we’ll live up to that.”

Scotty McCreery Adcrafts American Idol 2011

Here's another video of the Ford Day Performance Scotty starts at the 4:54 mark.
This does show Lauren's performance as well and their duet ***please refrain from making negative comments on this post*** Thanks and enjoy :)