Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CMT Awards nominee Scotty McCreery says his post-Idol life is a balancing act


Between school, baseball practice, and going on tour with Brad PaisleyScotty McCreery rarely has a moment to chill out. The high school  senior’s life changed when he became the youngest male winner on the tenth season of American Idol. It’s obvious that his fans adore him: He snagged the most votes to win Best New Artist at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Now his The Trouble With Girls video is nominated for theCMT Music Awards’ USA WEEKEND Breakthrough Video Award. Currently, McCreery is focused on enjoying his last month of high school before heading to North Carolina State University, where he plans to make new friends, room with old friends and cheer on the Wolfpack at basketball games. McCreery hits the road a few weekends this month, back to doing what he loves: singing. “I’m looking forward to it,” he says.
Where were you when you heard that you were nominated
Q: How does it feel to be nominated for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Award?
McCreery: It feels great! I mean, it’s been a wild year. That video was cool for me because it was actually [filmed] in my hometown at my high school with all my friends. So to have it nominated for an award means a lot to me and a lot to my friends, as well. They’re pretty pumped about it.
Where were you when you heard that you were nominated?
McCreery: I think was at school. I’m back home now on a little break before we start touring again in May. I got the email from my manager and I was pretty excited to tell all my friends.
Why did you decide to film the video in your high school? What was the significance?
McCreery: The plot that we picked for the video was based in a high school. Originally, we were going to pick a random high school in Nashville and shoot it there. And I said, why don’t we do it at my high school and use my real friends. It would add a certain element to it, a realness to the video. They liked the idea so we bused everyone from Nashville down here to Garner, North Carolina. We had a good day, a good shoot.
There’s a certain girl who stars in the video, Gabi Dugal. You also took her to prom. So do you really have trouble with girls?
McCreery: [Laughs] I think every single guy out there has trouble with girls at some point, just not every day. Girls, they’re something else. Gabi, she’s been a good friend of mine. We’ve known each other since kindergarten and we’ve stayed friends through high school. It was an easy pick. She did a great job. She always laughs at one part. There’s a wink scene where she kind of waves to me on the baseball field. She said it looks awkward…
You’re a high school senior and on the baseball team. How do you balance school, baseball, and performing?
McCreery: I’m trying to figure out the perfect way to do it. I think it’s important for me to stay connected to home and stay connected to my friends. [Idol fame] all of a sudden happened to me within the last year and it was something I didn’t really prepare for. But we’re still hitting the road, still trying get out there and making sure our music’s being heard, reaching out to the fans. That’s why I’m so glad I’m on the tour with Brad Paisley. We get to travel around the country, see everybody, and do radio visits. I mean, we’re still trying to figure out the perfect balance. I’m having fun doing it. I’m finishing up baseball, school—I graduate in a month. It’ll be cool.
Which is harder: competing on American Idol or your worst high school class?
McCreery: I don’t think I’ve had bad classes, but I’ve had hard classes. And hard classes cause a lot of stress. But I don’t think there’s anything out there in the world like American Idol as far as the stress factor. You’re doing it seven days a week, all hours of the day. I looked at the show and tried out and figured I’d just have to sing songs each week. That’s the life, it’s easy. But there’s a lot that goes into it behind the scenes. So Idol would have to take the cake there.
You’re planning to attend North Carolina State University in the fall. What part of college are you most excited about?
McCreery: I’m excited to get there. I’ve been looking to go to NC State since I was a kid. Once again, we’re going to have to figure out exactly how to balance it. ’Cause high school’s one thing, but going to college and taking classes and that everyday thing—it’s grueling. I’m just looking forward to getting there and meeting new people. I’m rooming with some of my friends that I’ve grown up with, that will be good as well…. And going to basketball games.
You plan to major in marketing or communications. What do you plan to do with that degree?
McCreery: It’s going to help me in the long run with what I’m doing. A college degree to me and my family — it’s just important. So I’m going to give it my best shot. I’m in music class everyday now. Being on the road with someone like Brad Paisley, he’s about a good teacher as it gets. I go out and watch him every single night while we’re on the road. I watch what he does, how he interacts with the crowd, watch how musical he is. But I should learn more about the business side of things. That’s why I think marketing, communications or public relations [will be helpful].
Are you going to continue to sing and perform while in college?
McCreery: Oh, yes. We’re still going to be singing. I can’t just leave. Music is my passion. Music is what I love and what I want to do for the rest of my life. But college is important to me, so I’m going to figure out how to make both work.
Do you have any country idols?
McCreery: I’ve said it a lot and been pretty vocal about it: Josh Turner. He’s one of the many artists out there that doesn’t get looked at. But Josh, he’s just a great guy who sings great music. He has a great life off the stage, has great values and [is] not afraid to speak of his faith. And that’s something I admire and look up to. And something I strive to do as well. It’s not just about the music. I mean music is a lot of it, but it’s about affecting people’s lives and making good change[s] in people. Josh has done it and I think a lot of artists out there have done it. And hopefully I can be one of those artists as well.
Does Josh Turner sing one of your favorite country songs?
McCreery: He sings my favorite, Long Black Train.
When you’re not in school, playing baseball or performing, what do you like to do to have fun and relax?
McCreery: Me and the boys will chill. We’ll go fishing or just hang out and lay low. My life’s pretty busy so when I have time to chill I don’t try to do anything. I just try to hang out at the house or maybe go catch a ball game down the street.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals or good luck charms?
McCreery: Me and the band always get in a circle and pray and ask [for] a blessing on the performance. We also have the Rocky theme song in our heads. I’ll start punching the air, punching nothing, just trying to get hyped up on stage and get the heart racing. That’s my thing. I’ve been doing that since I was a kid at baseball or basketball games — just trying to get in the mood.
What’s your advice for aspiring country singers? Would you tell them to go on Idol or take a different road?
McCreery: There’s a lot of different ways to do it. Idol’s my way. I’d definitely say it works. It worked for Carrie Underwood; she’s at the top. Just play good music. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I was thinking, if Idol hadn’t happened to me I had planned to head on down to Nashville and try to make it there. Who knows how that would have worked out. You’ve got to give it your all every single night because you never know who’s listening. It could be the head of a label in Nashville!

USA WEEKEND is proud to join CMT again for their awards as the media sponsor for the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award. 
Take a look at the six nominees and cast your vote today! Then, tune in to the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 6 at 8pm ET on CMT. (Check local listings.)
–Stephanie Weaver

http://whosnews.usaweekend.com/2012/05/cmt-awards-nominee-scotty-mccreery-says-his-post-idol-life-is-a-balancing-act/

33 comments:

  1. HELP!! I voted the very first time at CMT for "The Trouble with Girls" video..since then the site prevents me from voting again!!??saying "you have already voted."and I tried clearing history,bookmarks,etc.and nothing works??Is there another site to vote on?..hate that this might prevent others from voting and Scotty not getting the richly deserved award. Love this video and Scotty

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    1. Clear history, then hit private browsing, log out and go to CMT, click vote. Will ask you your e-mail address and password then you can vote again.

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  2. As I understand it, you only vote once in the first phase. Read the rules and see if you understand it to say that. I could only vote once to, and had the same message when I tried to vote the next day. That prompted me to read the rules. There is a phase 2 voting......but will have to go read the rules again, because I don't remember what it said about that.

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    1. Phase 2 voting does *not* apply to Scotty . . . Voting ends June 4 at 12:01 am ET . . . The singer with the most votes wins . . . Scotty needs your votes today and every single day through June 4 . . . Every single fan voting every possible account!

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  3. What a nice interview. He is so mature in his thinking. Just amazing. So well grounded thanks to his parents and friends.

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  4. Thanks for response 'anonymous'6:44PM..will go back and read rules..most of these competitions have allowed one vote each day..we McCreerians have to help "our Scotty"

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  5. go to fanbuff/sscotty *scotty mccreery street team got step by step and all the problem that you have in cmt voting there will help you vote everyday "you have voted" see that x that check down got place to vote or not everybody vote everyday other nominated fans also vote everyday if you vote once only we will lose scotty TTWG will not win so many people fan of scotty is having problem voting at this cmt but after the step they can vote you must try go to fanbuff/scotty.

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  6. somebody please do something tweet or call whatever tell scotty to visit this Brook with pain sickness one(girl ask scotty to prom )is at Toledo hospital very critical mind not make it, is good scotty pay her a visit at the hospital so people mind not scold scotty for no pityness for her prom date request came out in the TV and youtube many view.

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    1. how is he supposed to go visit her in Toledo im sure Scotty feels really bad about her but might make it hard to just drop what he is doing . im sure he could send a video and pray for her or something but artist just dont go visit sick fans it would be impossible.

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    2. I´m sure Scotty feels for this girl and don´t we all. The suggested prayers and video sounds like a fine sollution, because by no means should Scotty visit this girl or any other person who wants him to do this or that. He is getting tons of those "Please come and comfort a sick person" requests from all over the country which put him in a no way position. Certainly he can´t just pick out one and overlook all the others and if he would take care of all of those requests, he would not have time to do anything else

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  7. Since he's wanted to go to NC State since he was a kid, NC State was always gonna be his pick if accepted.

    Scotty's mad-talented and Idol gave him a great start. Sure hope the balancing act works out for him.

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  8. Nice article. He is so mature for 18. His parents did a great job.

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  9. Scotty always gives a great interview. I think he'll figure put a way to balance things, my only worry is his safety at college. It won't be Garner High, it will be a college with at least 20,000 students. I'm sure they're looking at all of those things.

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  10. THAT WAS AN AWESOME INTERVIEW. SCOTTY KNOWS WHAT WANTS AND HE DOES A GOOD JOB ON BALANCING HIS CAREER FOR HIMSELF AND I THINK SCOTTY WILL STILL DO A GREAT JOB BALANCING HIS CAREER WHEN HE GOES TO COLLEGE.

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  11. For those who needs help on clearing history browser, please refer to this from CMT

    http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=185360664848864

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  12. anybody having problem with voting cmt please refer step by step at here under Scotty Mccreery wins WYRK country music's new artist draft see comment by sim apr 30,2012 0911pm step by step voting cmt

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  13. This is a really GREAT interview! #VOTECMT.COM

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  14. Found this article on idf and loved it:

    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/our-country/scotty-mccreery-just-average-teenager-really-180208630.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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  15. our boy scotty sold out the lancaster PA concert . its not until july 12 . very fast sell out . im 7th row cant wait . way to go scotty your amazing .

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    1. anon11:45 I'm going to Lancaster concert as well. if ur on twitter contact me at @redshoetapper

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  16. Nice article from Yahoo about Scotty..."Scotty McCreery:Just Your Average Teenager-Really!"

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  17. 11;45 and3;15;,i'm also going to the Lancaster concert.I live around one ,and half hrs.away from Lancaster.I'm close to Pottsville,pa.I don't know if you ever heard of it is so nice to know other people that follow Scotty ,on this siite are going to the concert.i'm lucky I'll get to see him twice,my girls,and grandchildren are going to his concert in Camden, New Jersey on June 30th.were going there before we head to the shore for the weekend Can't wait until then,I hope both of you have a lot of fun at the concert.Take care.,Margie

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    1. i live in ohio six hours away but well worth it love Scotty. im hoping for a meet and greet im putting in for one for lancaster i am fan club member hopefully Scotty will exsept my request .ill probley be a blubbering idiot if i got to meet him . im the one you are referring to 11:45. my name is Ann.

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  18. In regard to the request to visit this sick young lady...knowing the kind of person he is, he may do something nice, but I hope no one thinks he has no pity for the sick or put him on a guilt trip. He just cannot fulfill the requests he gets for these tragic situations. And it is unfair for anyone to put that kind of pressure on him. We don't own him, we voted to be entertained by him and should not expect special favors. Right after he won, someone from N.C. was upset he didn't call her since she voted for him. Really! He is amazing and caring but can't do all these things. Who does he pick and who does he not pick? Not fair, I'm sure all his fans will keep Brooke in their prayers.

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    1. Totally agree.

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    2. Agree 100%.

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    3. that´s been said before on this site

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  19. WNCY TOP 8@8 W/ ABBY:http://one.wncy.com/stationfiles/shows/top8/index.asp Help WTT make the top 8, vote daily for Scotty to stay on the list !

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  20. WMZQ HOT 9@9:http://www.wmzq.com/pages/newman.html#poll WTT was #5 last night vote week days for the top 9 help Scotty get back to #1!

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  21. 9:22....Your point is?

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  22. ok sorry is me that put the comment of asking scotty to visit Brook in the hospital i think about it after you people comment then i think yes you are right he cannot visit every single request from fans and i know scotty had a good heart,kind i know he always pity people with sickness but he cannot do so many thing by himself and he had his life too, ok close this case ok. scotty is very very good kid.

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