Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Scotty McCreery builds momentum for ACM Awards




A year ago, Scotty McCreery’s fame was limited to fans of American Idol. His baritone voice made him a standout contestant, and his love of country music had piqued Music Row’s interest.
McCreery, now 18, won American Idol in May 2011, and he has since stacked up a list of career highlights and sales numbers that well-established artists envy.


His debut album, Clear As Day, sold more than 1 million albums in its first three months, and his first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” have each been downloaded for purchase more than 500,000 times.


McCreery won new artist of the year at the American Country Awards in December, joined Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour in January and now has been nominated for new artist of the year by the Academy of Country Music along with Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes. The fan-voted award will be handed out Sunday during the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas beginning at 7 p.m. on CBS.


McCreery will perform his new single, “Water Tower Town,” on the ACM Awards, as well as on American Idol at 7 p.m. Thursday on FOX.


“It’s a huge deal,” McCreery says of the nomination, seated on his tour bus with his parents, Mike and Judy McCreery, before a Great American Country television taping in February. “It’s been a crazy year for us. There’s been a lot of work put into it. It’s one of those things where you’re recognized for all the hard work you’ve put up, but you’re just going there to have fun. If you get it, cool. If you don’t, you’re still having a good time.”


But even with his success, McCreery says he’s still the same kid he was before American Idol. The Garner, N.C., native attends the same school he did pre-American Idol — something he was warned would be impossible following his success on the popular fan-voted televised talent contest.


“He said he wanted to go back to school, and a lot of people said he couldn’t go back there,” recalls his father, Mike McCreery.


“I just laughed at them,” Scotty McCreery adds.


McCreery describes his first day back at school after winning Idol as “going to kindergarten again.” He got a buzz haircut the night before and wore a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops the next day in an effort to more easily fit back in with his classmates. His principal instructed him to arrive during second period to avoid the rush of students first thing in the morning, and then made an announcement to the school that McCreery was back on campus and that requests for photos or autographs weren’t allowed.


“He said, ‘Mom, I really want this to work,’ ” Judy McCreery says. “I said, ‘It will be OK, hon.’ I was in the hall and I heard the principal make the announcement, and I thought, ‘That’s what we needed to set the pace.’ ”


McCreery generally attends school Monday-Wednesday and then is on the road touring or working to promote his career Thursday-Sunday. He takes his school work with him when he travels, and then makes up tests and quizzes when he returns. Sometimes that means doing his homework in the airport before he boards a red-eye flight back to North Carolina to make it to school on Monday morning.


“I’m banking on my being young,” he says. “I don’t know if I could be doing those red-eyes a few more years down the road. After being away from friends for so long, and I’m doing incredible stuff, fun things, then when I get back around familiar faces, I think it just energizes me. I have two separate lives.”


On-the-job training
School isn’t the only place he’s getting an education. McCreery says he’s learned countless lessons about how to be a country music entertainer from watching Paisley on stage. After the American Idol finished his opening set each night, he would pull on a ball cap (his mom said he looked like the Unabomber) and sneak out into the audience so he could watch Paisley perform.


“Just having the chance to learn from someone like Brad, it’s mind-blowing what he does as a performer and a songwriter and an artist and guitar player, the way he connects with the crowd every single night,” McCreery says. “I’ve learned how to carry myself on tour. I’ve learned how to not get caught up in a different city every night. I’ve learned how to interact with people and how to be a better performer. Just watching Brad — I’ll never be the guitar player he is — but just watching the artist inside of him, I’ve learned so much just from watching one dude.”


And his education, both on and off the stage, continues.


McCreery’s mother is a teacher, and school is highly valued in the McCreery household. So over the past year while the singer did his psychology homework, studied Paisley’s guitar licks and learned how to work an audience, he also spent time deciding where he wants to go to college. That decision hasn’t been made public, but it’s an experience he’s determined to have.


“2011 was by far the most incredible year of my life, but in 2012 I think we’re going to have a lot more opportunities to get out there and do things,” says McCreery, who is set to continue on the Paisley tour after it resumes in May. “2012 is getting on the road and meeting fans, because for me, it’s about seeing them and thanking them, because they are the reason I’m here.”


Reach Cindy Watts at 615-664-2227 or ciwatts@tennessean.com.


Tune In
The 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire, airs live from MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
To vote: To vote for New Artist of the Year or Entertainer of the Year, go to www.voteacm.com.
New artist of the year nominees: Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes
Entertainer of the year nominees: Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney


http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2012/03/28/scotty-mccreery-builds-momentum-for-acm-awards/

25 comments:

  1. Great review,I'm so happy when positive interviews are done,This kid is trying to do everything that's going to make him as normal as possible,and because he has God's blessings,and he's not afraid to tell people how he feels about his Lord and savior.I praise him so much for this.He loves his fans,his home town,his friends,his family our so supportive,his church.He deserves nothing but good things in his life.He wants to be a star artist,but still he wants to be a normal kid at home.

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  2. Love this! What a great article. Just love Scotty/

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  3. This is one of the nicest and most well written review I have read. I just love it. What a nice person.

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  4. WOW Thanks guys for putting this review on this site I am so nervous about Sunday there is no one that should win this BNA of Year but out Scotty.

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  5. love the review very nice thank you for posting it's great. :) Brenda TX

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  6. I do hope Billy Dukes reads this article. He could learn from it.

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    1. I agree 100%. We should send it to him!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Ahhh, that was a great read!

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  8. Does anyone else have trouble figuring out the letters in the box when you are trying to vote? I swear the letters are almost impossible to read and hope everyone else is voting for our boy. I saw that Gilbert is ahead of him and can't understand why. Scotty offers so much more and deserves to win.

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    1. Where did you see this?

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    2. Sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 tries to get it right...why does is have to be quite so hard to see? I understand they don't want "voting machines" to be able to read it, but at least make it so a person can make it out! I'll be glad when this is over and maybe the next time we need to vote for our boy, it will be easier. Sure hope he wins!!!

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  9. Where do you see who's ahead?

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  10. Gilbert is ahead in the pole on Taste of Country. It has nothing to do with
    the voting on ACM.

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    1. Thank goodness! Had me worried for a minute! That TOC poll, I can't help but take with 'a grain of salt'. After Mr. Dukes remarks, I wonder, did my vote count????

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  11. Everyone Vote, vote, vote at VoteACM.com Get your friends and family to vote also. If your having trouble reading the security code, use a magnifying glass, or press the little circle with the arrow on it and get another code.

    We only have 5 more days to vote!!! Let's do this!!!

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  12. Another great article about Scotty! His mom says, he looks like the 'unabomber' with his cap pulled down, to sit in the audience and watch Brad perform Ha!Ha!Ha! That's funny!!!

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  13. When you look back at Scotty standing on that stage in Clayton, NC in his Bermuda shorts, banlon shirt, flip flops and short hair holding that guitar and singing and look at him now there is no comparison. How anyone could not think that he deservess this award is a mystry to me. Both Hunter and Brantly have been writing and performing in front of audiences for years. Hunter since a child, they have a lot experience with Nashville. Scotty has learned everything in just this one short year and it is obvious from his performances how much he has learned and accomplished. So much more than the other two have in all the years that they have been working in the industry whether it has been performing or writing. GO SCOTTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Yes! Scotty deserves the "NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR" award!!

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  14. Just watched 'Entertainment Tonite Canada' and they showed a few clips of Scotty's journey through AI, and announced, that he'll be a guest tomorrow night, on American Idol.

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    1. That is good news. thanks for sharing

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  15. I THOUGHT THIS ARTICLE WAS GREAT AND SCOTTY DESERVES BEST NEW ARTIST BY FAR.

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  16. Just funny. I DID NOT WATCH ANY CONTESTANT PERFORM THROUGHOUT AI10 EXCEPT FOR SCOTTY and I did not even bother to watch any contestant perform on AI11 too. To me, SCOTTY IS ALWAYS THE BEST. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS THE "TROUBLE WITH SCOTTY" BUT I DO KNOW THAT "I LOVE HIM THIS BIG" I AM VOTING VERY HARD FOR HIM FOR ACM AWARD.
    I JUST WANT HIM TO WIN THIS and this is coming from a die-hard fan from Malaysia.- Molly

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    1. Molly, you are not missing much by not watching AI1. I hope you catch the show this week (March 29 in the US/should be March 30th in Asia) as Scotty will be on this show and will sing his next single WTT. But I know what you mean when you say "I don't know what is the Trouble With Scotty!" :) It's a mystery to me too! Hahaha. And I just want him to win this ACM award!

      #VOTEACM.COM

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  17. The quickest way to vote for Scotty is after you hav signed up at CBS and need to sign in next.
    1) after you have finish writing the email address and password, just press "enter". It will lead you to a page of voting and after you have written the 2 words, just press submit. Cross the thank you box and press "Home" or the "Up Button" and then sign out. It is faster than taking the mouse up and down.

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  18. I do agree with 5:31, the other two have been around the music industry for a while and what Scotty has accomplished has been just since AI. BG just may win in votes but not in my heart. Scotty is No. 1.

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