Thursday, February 23, 2012

'American Idol' Winner Scotty Mccreery Savors Life on the road

Brad Paisley closes his tour by performing one of his biggest hits, "Alcohol," joined by opening acts The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery.
While Paisley and the Perry siblings get the chance to imbibe onstage, or at least pretend to, the first night McCreery walked on, he was greeted with a baby bottle full of milk.
"It's definitely weird for me because I'm the only teenager out here," the 18-year-old said in a telephone interview from a tour stop in Lubbock, Texas.
"It's really an adult world, but I think it's good for me. I'm growing up fast, learning a lot about the world and about the business."
As the winner of last year's "American Idol," McCreery got on the express train to stardom. His first album, "Clear as Day," debuted in October as the No. 1 album on Billboard's all-genre Top 200 chart - the first country act to have its first release top the charts and the youngest performer to debut at the high point.
His first single, "I Love You This Big," reached No. 15 on the country charts and its follow-up, "The Trouble with Girls," is No. 19 and rising.
Compared with previous "Idol" winners, McCreery had a quick turnaround time for getting his debut album out.
By the time it reached the top eight, he told producers, "If this keeps happening, I want to put out an album and want to do it quick," he recalled. "I want to make people know we're still around, making music. Getting that out quick and not taking much time off worked out well for us."
McCreery played in arenas during the traditional post-"Idol" tour, but he said being on the road on his own is a whole lot different.
"This is my first kinda big show in country music and we're still learning the ropes," he said.
And he's doing all of this as a high school senior, even making it on the honor roll. Like most teens leaving high school, he's making his college plans. McCreery said he's heard from half of his four top choices.
But he won't major in music.
"Being around people like Brad on the road, I get a music class every day," he said. "I think I might do something like marketing or communication, something that might help me with what I'm doing and not just the music."
Accolades continue for McCreery, including winning new artist honors at the new American Country Awards last year and being nominated for best new artist in the Academy of Country Music Awards.
"This is a show I've watched for a while, so it's incredible being up there against the competition for new artist," he said.
McCreery keeps in mind where he was a year ago, among dozens of other hopefuls carefully walking onto the "Idol" stage.
"We were watching the shows ... and to know what they're going through is a crazy feeling," he said. "You get a whole new perspective watching it."

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