Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scotty McCreery honored to open for Brad Paisley

Published: Sunday, January 08, 2012, 6:00 AM
John Gonzalez GRAND RAPIDS — His confident grin, deep voice and teenage smile made country singer Scotty McCreery an instant favorite on “American Idol.” So, it was no surprise when he edged out another teenage country singer, Lauren Alaina, to win Season 10 of America’s top-rated singing competition. However — as any fifth-season winner Taylor Hicks fan will tell you — winning “American Idol” does not guarantee a No. 1 record. But it does guarantee instant fame. “It’s still unbelievable for me, and I’m still trying to figure out when I’m gonna wake up from this dream,” McCreery said in a recent interview. “We’re just gonna work hard, and who knows where this record goes.” McCreery’s debut CD, “Clear As Day,” was certified gold late last year for sales of more than 500,000 copies. It shot out to No. 1 on the country charts when it was released in early October and after two hit singles — “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” — is making its way to platinum status. “We’re pretty pumped about (the gold record), and we’re hoping to make it to the next step,” McCreery said. The 18-year-old from Garner, N.C., is hoping to carve out a career post-“Idol.” He’s well on his way. On Thursday, he begins a high-profile tour with Brad Paisley on the country music superstar’s Virtual Reality World Tour, which kicks off at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Also on the bill is The Band Perry. The show is nearly sold out. "It's an incredible honor for me (to be on the tour),” said McCreery, who performed on numerous award shows and TV specials over the holidays. “I have grown up listening to both of their music. The Band Perry is fairly new, but Brad’s been around for a while, and I’ve been loving his music. I’ll be on the side of the stage every night singing his songs just like a fan.” He’ll also be glued to the TV set Jan. 18. That’s when the 11th season of “American Idol” gets under way on Fox. He plans to watch every single episode. "You can count on that,” he said. “Lucky for me, I’ll be on early (before The Band Perry) ... sing for 30 minutes and then go catch (‘American Idol’). I’ll know exactly what they’re going through.” Fans and critics alike marveled at McCreery’s composure on a show that attracted more than 20 million viewers each night. “You have to be confident to get on a stage and perform in front of others,” he said of making the leap from performing on coffeehouse stages to being critiqued by “American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. “I tried to NOT show the crowd I was nervous and do my best every week.” He will forever be thankful to those who supported him. “I love them; they voted for me — I’m doing this for them,” he said when asked what he would say to his followers. " We’ll see how long we can keep it going.”


  1. Scotty,
    I know you will be a great addition to this tour; I would like to see you perform (I did see your birthday performance). I have supported you from day one. I have purchased all of your music from i-tunes, walmart & finally "Clear as Day". I listen to your music with enjoyment. I believe you will give each day your all in everything you do. I am just one fan among so many who is totally supportive of you. I am looking forward to your next single/cd. Hope it is soon.

  2. FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. So cool that Scotty is on first (30 min. set)followed by TBP, then Brad. I hope Scotty fans will be courteous and stay for the entire show (Scotty may even make an appearance at the end).

    And Scotty, I hope you're doing this for YOU, and not just for us fans. We're supporting YOU, and we can keep this thing going for as long as you want.

  4. Alert: This is the last day of the USA, Best 2011 Poll and the Durban fans are making a run...we need to finish hard here!


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