Sunday, August 5, 2012
Video: American Idol winner Scotty McCreery opens up about his move from small-town teen to country music star
What have you been doing in Bay City since you got into town? I just got in this morning. Earlier, I was shooting a commercial, but since then I've been hanging out, eating ribs and having a good time. There are a lot of cool people here — I had the chance to meet a few of them, and they all seemed nice. And the ribs they brought us were really, really good.
You're the 2011 "American Idol" winner. How would you say your life has changed since you won? It's changed a lot. I went from being an average teenager working at a grocery store in the country, playing music every night and doing what I loved. It's been a huge blessing — I learned a lot of things last year about the industry and about myself. My life has changed, but I think the person I am pretty much stayed the same.
How did your upbringing as an average teenager in the town of Garner, N.C., help shape your career once you came onto the national country music scene? I think it's helped me out a lot as a person. I grew up with a good family, a good church and good morals, and I can't say enough about how great and supportive my hometown has been. It's been fun to tour around the country, but I'll try to take a few days off between shows sometimes to go back home. I couldn't do that with the American Idol tour because I had to get started right away, but this one has been a little more laid back.
Bay City isn't the size of Boston, Chicago or many of the other cities you've traveled to while touring. What's it like to be playing in a smaller town with a smaller venue? I love small towns, because that's where I came from. I can really relate to towns like Bay City. From what I've heard, Bay City has about the population of where I grew up, and performing in places like that is really great. That's where I came from and it's what I'm used to. People out here can't always make it to the bigger cities to see me perform, and so whenever I can I like to come and perform for them.
Who would you say are your major influences, personally and professionally? The people I look up to musically are guys like Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, people like that. They're great guys, and they're really focused on the family. They have good music, but they still have the right set of morals and values and that's where I see myself headed.
Where are you headed in the coming months? Any major plans on the horizon? I'm planning on continuing to work on my music, definitely. I'm going to college (North Carolina State University) in the fall, and I scheduled my classes mostly for Monday and Wednesday so I can reserve Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do as many shows as I can in the fall. It'll be different and I'll have to get used to it, but I think it'll work. We'll see.
How about musically? Have any new albums coming out that your fans should know about? We're releasing a Christmas album this fall, I'm pretty excited about that. I'm working on my second studio album as well, which should be interesting. I love the creative process of making a new record and I'm excited to share it with everyone.
Any final thoughts for the fans who came to see you in Bay City tonight? I just want to say I'm eternally grateful for the support all the fans have given us. I've seen so many people talking about how excited they were for the show in Bay City on Twitter and it's just been great. We're going to give it our best out there. I love you all, and thanks for everything.