Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I Love You This Big
The Trouble With Girls
Water Tower Town
Plus *** an interview with Scotty
Scotty McCreery ‘Flattered’ by Fan Support in Taste of Country Showdown
Scotty McCreery seems more than a bit humbled that his single ‘The Trouble With Girls’ beat Jason Aldean‘s ‘Tattoos on This Town’ during the first Taste of Country Showdown last week. McCreery received 67.25% of the votes against Aldean’s 38.75%.
“He is really incredible and one of my favorites,” McCreery, a high school senior, tells Taste of Country. “I was just jamming to his music on the way home from school today!’
McCreery says he knows the Showdown involves pitting the songs of two artists against each other and letting fans vote on which they deem “best.” When the 18-year old ‘American Idol’ winner learned he was pitted against the country rocking Aldean, he didn’t think his chances to win were very high — even though his debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ sold 200,000 copies in one week.
This week, McCreery’s ‘The Trouble With Girls’ is pitted against Chris Young‘s new single, ‘You.’ The winner of each round moves on to the next week’s challenge, until they’re retired (only after a four-week winning streak).
“That’s very stiff competition,” McCreery says. “He’s one of the top dogs in country music. He’s another one of my all-time favorites. It just amazes me [to be classified with them]. I’m the little newbie in country music, the freshman in Nashville just trying to work my way up. I am just flattered to even be in their company.”
To hear both songs in this week’s Showdown and to cast your ballot, go here. This week’s competition ends on Sunday, Nov. 6 at midnight ET, so vote now!
USA Today: Idol Chatter
Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (42,000, -25%, 384,000) (No. 7 BB200)
Complete article: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/11/kelly-clarkson-coldplay-sales/1
In a candid conversation with Celebuzz, the singer says he remains true to his roots even after scoring a number one debut on the record charts with his very first album.
Plus, we got him to open up about his relationship status (good news, he’s single ladies!) and that oh-so-awkward National Anthem flub!
Your whole life has changed since American Idol. What has stayed the same?
Me personally, I’m still the same. My life at home hasn’t really changed all that much. I just went to school today and when I’m home, it’s all the same and it doesn’t change until I’m out on the road.
When the show wrapped, there were all these rumors about you and Lauren. Are you single now?
I’m still single. I’m a busy man nowadays and I don’t have much time to focus on anything except work.
A couple of weeks ago when you were singing the national anthem, the microphone wasn’t on. What went though your mind when that happened?
I was dealing with the mic for about fifteen minutes prior, I was telling them the mic wasn’t working and they told me that it would start working when I started singing but it never did. Once they panned on the flag, they gave me a new mic so it wasn’t a huge deal.
Were you nervous at all to sing the national anthem?
You better believe it. That’s a big song, so I just wanted to go up there and do a good job with it and stay true to the way it’s supposed to be and that’s what I think I did.
Is there anything you do to fight nerves that you have?
I just kind of roll with it. Sometimes, when I hear the right music, I’ll try to get myself pumped up … once I get on stage and I see the crowd, it just kind of flows and I’m fine.
Do you think Idol helped you deal with pressure?
Oh definitely, we had to move quick on that show. Being a coffee shop singer here in North Carolina to playing local gigs to all of the sudden playing in front of 25 million people, that’s a big step up so you had to kind of grow up and deal with that pressure. It taught us a lot of ways to do that.
How have your friends and family reacted to all of this?
What’s cool is that most of my friends think it’s wild, but they still treat me the same. It’s been great with family and friends, but it’s the people who didn’t really know me who got weirded out. With my friends, it’s like nothing ever changed … I’ve grown up with them in church and playing baseball my whole life.
So they’re not going to let you get too big of a celebrity head.
Oh no! They keep me grounded.
How does it feel to have your first album debut at no.1?
That was incredible, something a lot of people dream of but never really get there. I felt awestruck, amazed and extremely blessed.
What are your plans going forward?
I don’t know about the next single. I’m just going to let this one breathe for a little bit. I am going to tour with Brad Paisley for a little while and that’s a big deal because I’ve grown up loving his music.
What would you say is your favorite song coming off of this album?
I’d have to go with “Water Tower Town” because it’s a fun song that reminds me of my home town. It’s easy for me to sing because I see all the imagery going around my head when I’m singing it.
What would you say to anyone who may be auditioning for American Idol?
You really gotta bring it every step of the way, because people at Idol have an idea of what they want on the show and sometimes the singers can really change their minds and really impress people and keep on moving forward. You just gotta bring it and don’t be nervous but I was nervous…
What is some of the best advice that you have gotten?
Stay true to yourself and don’t let it get to you because it’s easy to get caught up in the fame and the Hollywood lifestyle. I never want to change; I want to stay the same guy that I was before all this.
By Sarah Nagem
On Fridays, when the final bell rings at Garner High School, varsity football coach Nelson Smith knows exactly how his players are going to spend the next couple of hours before kickoff.
They go to First Baptist Church of Garner, where they eat a meal, socialize, mentally prepare for the night's game and then pray.
It's important for high school football players to eat a balanced meal before games, Nelson said. But gathering at the church is also about reminding players that the community is behind the team.
"They know people care about them," Smith said. "That's a big plus."
Garner's varsity football team has typically eaten together before games. But about midway through last year's season, First Baptist Church offered to feed the players on a Friday, thinking it would be a one-time deal.
But now it's become a Friday-afternoon tradition. Volunteers wear T-shirts saying "Chew Crew," playing off the school's Blue Crew athletics booster club.
The club got national attention earlier this year when Garner High senior Scotty McCreery won "American Idol" and often talked about his school and his Blue Crew friends. (Scotty and his family also attend First Baptist.)
The church tries to reach out to the community as much as possible, said youth pastor Ron Fowler. The church spends about $300 each time it feeds the team, he said.
Last Friday, Fowler talked with the team about setting goals and encouraged his players to aim high - but not just on the football field. "Life is going to be bigger than football," Fowler said.
That might be true, but for a while on Friday afternoons, this group of football players thinks of little else. The team has had great success so far this year with an undefeated season.
Raevon Smith, 16, a junior and a cornerback on the team, said he's often too anxious to eat much before games. But he appreciates the support that the church, and the whole community, offers.
"It's tradition," he said. "Small town, everyone comes together."
Anthony Galavotti, 16, also a junior and an offensive guard, said that kind of support helps the team on the field. "It motivates us to work harder. Not only are we playing as a team, but we're playing for the town."
And it's nice to have some time to get focused on football, said Terry Gilman, a 16-year-old junior on the offensive line. "The team's all together and building a stronger relationship," he said.
Friday's menu consisted of grilled chicken, potato salad, mixed vegetables and chocolate-mousse pie, prepared by Abel Grande, a First Baptist pastor and chef. He cooks for about 100 people each week.
After the players ate, they headed back to the school, where they beat Harnett Central 44-23.
This week, Garner has a playoff game, so a special treat is on the menu: steak.
Brandon Mayfield, left, and Raevon Smith, both 16, enjoy dinner Friday before the football game
Kasey Williams, 18, a senior at Garner High School, serves pie to Montel Watters, 17, left, and Keon Harkins-Muse, 16, who both play for Garner's varsity football team
85 Years of Wonder
The 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) Returns to Kick-off the Holidays with Its Giant Helium Balloons, Floats of Fancy, Marching Bands, Celebrities, Performance Groups and the One-and-Only Santa Claus
"Since the first storied march in 1924, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a call to celebration. Over the years, gathering to watch the parade, whether in person or on television, has become a tradition for families across the nation and synonymous with the start of the holiday season," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "This year as we celebrate 85 years of magical moments, we are truly humbled by the unique role the Macy's parade now fills in the lives of Americans, and we are thrilled to celebrate this special milestone with an unparalleled line-up of new balloons, floats and the nation's best performers - all here to kick-off the spectacular holiday season."
Taking the stage to help spread holiday cheer will be stars from music, film, stage, sports and television, who are set to perform for the nation at Macy's famed red star mark on 34th Street. Stars joining the festivities this year include Rodney Atkins; the Big Apple Circus; Mary J. Blige; Cobra Starship; Neil Diamond; Michael Feinstein; The Fresh Beat Band; Cee Lo Green; Avril Lavigne; Shelby Lynne; Mannheim Steamroller; China Anne McClain; Scotty McCreery; Ingrid Michaelson; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Savannah Outen; Power Rangers Samurai; Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan; Willard Scott; cast of Broadway's Sister Act; cast of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Straight No Chaser; U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club; Johnny Weir; and Zendaya.