Friday, May 18, 2012

'Idol' winner McCreery eager to learn


By Chris Varias
Scotty McCreery’s commitment to higher education is something to idolize.
Last year, as a junior in high school, McCreery won Season 10 of “American Idol.” He then went on to release his debut album, which topped both the pop and country charts, all without dropping out of school.
McCreery opens a concert here Sunday for one of his academic role models, Brad Paisley.
Question: Your career is off to a great start, but winning “American Idol” doesn’t guarantee sustained career success. Have you looked at mistakes past “Idol” winners have made with their careers so you can avoid them?
Answer: I know it definitely doesn’t necessarily bring success. You got to work at it. I don’t think I’ve necessarily looked at what other “Idol” winners have done wrong more so than what they’ve done right, looked at people like Carrie Underwood, and she’s country as well, so that’s a good model to look at. We’re looking forward to working hard, staying on the road and making good music and staying around as long as we can.
Q: If I’m doing my math right, you have a Puerto Rican grandparent, so you’re 25 percent Puerto Rican. Do you have any interest in the music of other Hispanic country singers like Freddy Fender or Johnny Rodriguez?
A: I’ve heard their stuff, and I like it. For me, it’s pretty much 100 percent country on my iPod. My grandma – she’s wanting me to do a Spanish record with J-Lo – she’s the Puerto Rican one, my grandma. I don’t know if that will ever happen, but she’s pushing for it.
Q: Is country music popular at all in Puerto Rico?
A: I think so. From the responses I’ve got from the country and the Twitter followers once they found out I was Puerto Rican I’ve had a lot of further support behind me, and I appreciate it. It’s something to embrace. My sister, she got all the tan blood, she’s 25 percent as well. I guess I got my mom’s genes when it comes to tan, but it’s all good.
Q: I’m guessing you dropped out of high school.
A: No, sir. I just got back from school 30 minutes ago.
Q: You’re kidding. Why are you going to school?
A: Because I’m only 18 once, and I think so far we’ve done a really good job of balancing the career and school as far as time off and stuff. We’re gonna try and start college in the fall. It’s worked out well for high school and we’ll just have to see about college.
Q: When’s your graduation?
A: It’s early June. It’s 8 in the morning. I’m gonna be at the CMT awards the day before, and we’re flying home that night around midnight. I’m gonna get back for graduation, then we’re gonna fly back to Nashville that night or the next morning because it’s during Fan Fest, so it’s gonna be a busy week.
Q: Are you going to prom?
A: Yeah, prom was two or three weeks ago, so I was able to do that. I’ve been able to hit many of the key high school memories that most people look back on. I’ve had to miss a lot of things, but as far as the big things like homecoming or prom or graduation, I’ve been able to make those work. Some of the memories that I’ve had to miss, I’ve been OK because I’ve been making memories on my own on the music aspect of life.
Q: Where are you going to college?
A: I’m going to (North Carolina) State. It’s where my dad went. We were really looking at going to Nashville for school, like a Belmont or a Middle Tennessee State. We still might do that. I might do the two-year plan at State and go two years to Nashville. But at 18, I figured it was best to stay home, and Nashville’s just an hour flight, so if I need to get there, I can get there pretty quick.
Q: Why is college important to you?
A: It’s important to me as far as my career. It’s important to me as far as being a person. If you look at a lot of the greats that have really done well, like Garth Brooks, he has a major in marketing, and Carrie went to school for a while before she did “Idol.” Brad Paisley and Josh Turner, they both went to Belmont University and did the two-year thing, like I’m thinking of doing. As a person, you grow a lot in college and you learn about yourself, and you learn about life and become a lifelong learner.
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120518/ENT03/305180020/-Idol-winner-McCreery-eager-learn?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CEntertainment%7Cs

18 comments:

  1. Always the best interviews.

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  2. Perhaps he should be working harder now by doing radio interviews and free concerts for fans on weekends and breaks. Saying you're going to work hard and doing it are two different things. I've only seen him do the big things like opry and tv appearances. I sure hope he's planning on doing more for fans once school is out. (I do give him credit for finishing high school). It'll be interesting to see how he does everything with college.

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    1. He's done nothing but work hard.

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    2. "Saying you're going to work hard and doing it are two different things". He is doing pretty well, balancing his personal life and his career as a singer. He is a kid trying to enjoy his life as a student, he will never be 18 again. High School is part of the growing process of the adolescence. It is a bridge between adolescence and being a young adult. Anyways, remember he has a contact with Idol, they are the ones who tell him what to do and when to do the concerts. I hope he can enjoy his personal life, his family,as well as his career as a singer. Out there are so many artists using drugs.anti-represents and all kind of junk things. Because they feel along, or regret they missed this or that in their life. I understand he is like a star now, because the fans love him, and helped him to got that position in the music business. If you check his schedule from now until October is going to be very, very buzy. We all want to hear and see him every day, but like I said his artistic career is not in his hands, he has an agent that manage he as an artist.

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    3. first of all he doesn't need to do free concerts unless they are for charity second of all not sure how much of a fan you are but if you were a fan you would know he has been busier then a majority of artist . I really get upset when people make these kinds of comments about what Scotty should and should not do . its his career and his life and if some so called fans make these comments he and his family might just close us real dedicated fans of from the things he is doing in his personal life . no other aritist share this much with their fans that's why I love him and his family so much .its been a while since any off these of putting comments but there's always one in the bunch .

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    4. I think Anon May 18 3.46PM who put the comment above is not a fan of scotty. Maybe she/he indirectly hinting that scotty has not been working hard enough compared to his/her idol who doesn't need to go to school but give full focus on her career life.. and in the end she ends up nowhere better..

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    5. Hi, Anonymous May 18, 2012 3:46 PM
      Scotty can hardly work any harder than he already does and his million fans appreciate his hard work. So it doesn´t matter whether you give him any credit or not.

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  3. Haha, I wonder why he always says "we" about college and everything.

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  4. Dear Anonymous, have you looked at his summer schedule, going into October (so far as having been announced)? There's a concert or show almost every single day. So, that's working hard. He also has been doing shows all along, except this break that Brad's taking...

    He says "we" because that's the humble way to do it...it's a family and team effort--how do I know, it's what you're taught to do, other country artists do so, too.

    Wish him only the absolute best!!

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  5. Hey there, 3:46Pm ! Apparently, you don't follow Scotty and his activities very closely. If you did, you would know that this young man rarely every has down-time. Concerts, charity events, interviews galore and meeting fans, recording and travel time keep him very busy and hard at work, not to mention balancing all that with varsity baseball and school, classwork and homework and school related activities and trips to sing with his choral group. Get real - this young man is always hard at work!!! Brush up on your Scotty knowledge and you too will not question him, but will love him like the McCreerians do. God Bless.

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    1. and don't forget the whole time on idol and the tour this kid deserves a break he and his family has been going none stop for a year. we sure don't want him to burn,out look what happen to Garth Brooks because he didn't take the time to stop and smell the roses he just stopped his career completely what a Shame that was because he never had time for him and his family . Josh Turner has the right idea he told Scotty slow and steady. I don't think some fans think about the consequences of demand so much of this young man . even doing something you love can turn you against it you over do it . look at all the greats who burned out and just gave up because they wanted to please everyone especially their fans . I personally will give Scotty his space and wait on pins and needles for what ever he gives me if its a little or alot I'm totally dedicated and a fan for life . fly by night fans will come and go but a true fan will wait patiently for Scotty to entertain us . I would rather have him rested and on top of his game and looking forward to coming out on stage and loving performing for his adoring fans . I never want him to feel obligated to go in stage ....

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  6. Sorry, 3:46pm, forgot to mention that he is touring with Brad Paisley while doing all the above and performing at all his own solo concerts, as well....

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  7. ANOTHER GREAT INTERVIEW AS ALWAYS. SCOTTY REALLY HAS A GREAT HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS AND SCOTTY IS SUCH AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN. I JUST ADORE AND LOVE THIS YOUNG MAN. SCOTTY IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ALL.

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  8. Carrie did go back and finish college. She has a degree in journalism. It's amazing they can maintain a career and attend school at the same time. That's really shows their work ethic!

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    1. Yes, Carrie did finish college. "Finish what you start" is what she said. I recently watched a special on TV about Carrie, her life before AI and after, and her rise to stardom, etc. I was struck by the similarities between her background and Scotty's (an observation I had made last year while Scotty was on AI). Small hometown, school and church, church youth group, sports, love for singing, same dream of having a career in country music, the same values of God, family & friends - just really simple, wholesome, humble kids. Of course Carrie was a bit older, already in junior college, and more mature when she went on AI and started her music career. But she has really stayed true to her self all this time. And I think that the way she lives her life is a great part of her success.

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  9. I have to say that Scotty gives really good, intelligent interviews. It was tough for him last year especially with the Hollywood-type press interviews and him being so young and suddenly thrown into the public arena of the entertainment world. It's good that his management now has more "control" of interviews. I think that eventually, as he becomes more established/recognized and successful in the industry, that the interviews will become more selective. Personally I would not have the patience to have to answer the same questions over and over. :)

    With regards to "working hard" - I think that he is, he has been even while on AI10 - He also needs to balance his life and establish his own momentum, especially since he is in such an industry - This is so important in the long run - The career is there, but it is also about the kind of life he wants to live, the kind of person he is/wants to be - He may have become a "star" overnight, but he is still very new and also young - I respect that his parents/family are doing exactly what every parent would do to prepare him for his own adult life -

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    1. I also will add that there are some big stars out there who just never will talk about or entertain questions about their family or personal life, ever - it's a precedent they set from day #1 -

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    2. I am just waiting for his next album! :)

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