Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Boot: Scotty McCreery's Debut Album Goes Platinum

by Kenneth Partridge

Some three months after its release, 'Clear As Day,' the debut album from 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery, has gone platinum. Scotty's label broke the news last night (Jan. 9), and earlier today, his mother, Judy, tweeted a picture of her superstar son clutching a 1940s vintage guitar given to him by producer Mark Bright.

A hit from the get-go, 'Clear as Day' sold 197,000 copies in its first week, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Just 18 years old, Scotty became the youngest man ever to top the chart with his debut release.

Chatting with The Boot earlier this year, Scotty talked about how he wanted 'Clear as Day' to bridge contemporary and classic country.

"That was the goal of this album," he said. "I wanted to make sure I had the oldies ... the Conways [Twitty] and the Merles [Haggard] and the guys I grew up listening to, but still have that modern edge."

Given that Scotty was a young artist, there was no shortage of people giving him advice, but he stayed true to himself, picking material based on his gut and even insisting on the inclusion of a Christian song, 'That Old King James.'

"The songs just had to be right," he told us. "There were some songs pitched my way that were trying to get on this album, but I wasn't really feeling them. I just told them, "I don't like it." I had to have a song I could believe in and not fake in the recording studio or on stage. I had to stick to my guns about it."

Platinum certification, of course, signifies 1 million copies sold, and this winter, as Scotty tours with Brad Paisley on the Virtual Reality Tour, it's a safe bet most folks in the audience will know the words to his songs.

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6 comments:

  1. Scotty is FANTASTIC and of course I know all the words to all of his songs, maybe because I have listened to his album, daily, since I bought it the day it came out...haha...his voice just does something to you. Can't wait for more from this great singer, entertainer, and person.

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  2. Ditto, 4:08! You said it all and beautifully! No one deserves it more than you, Scotty!!!...
    You'll be a super star til you're old and gray!And then you'll be a "LIVING LEGEND" like Elvis!!
    Gramma S.

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  3. I agree with 4:08! I have 3 albums, one for the house, one for the car, and an extra one, just in case!!! I love all the songs and can really identify with That Old King James, glad you included it. Can't help swaying with Write Your number On My Hand. Just stay true to yourself when choosing the songs that you deliver for us! (Christmas Album next year!!!)
    Loretta

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  4. Thank you, for the great news! Tears came to my eyes...I am so excited for Scotty.:) He has worked hard & stayed true to himself, and is so deserving. Congrats, Scotty!!! God Bless!

    Love ya,

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  5. My grandaughter wants to be able to sing all the songs from Scotty's album to me for my 79th birthday next May. Right now her favorite is Dirty Dishes. She is twelve years old. I can only imagine Scotty's influence in 20 years. But my grandchildren will still be around for him. My family was impressed with my Christmas card!

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  6. I was so happy with I received my christmas card too! thank you very much Scotty family.. God loves you and I do too!

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