Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scotty McCreery Interview: Young Star Talks New Christmas Album and Balancing Fame With College

By Sterling Whitaker
Scotty McCreery is in a good spot right now. The 19-year-old fast-rising country star’s debut album ‘Clear as Day’ went platinum, no doubt bolstered by the burst of publicity he received after winning ‘American Idol’ in 2011. In the last year, he has finished high school, started college, and toured all over the country, and he recently released his first Christmas album, the aptly-titled ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery.’

McCreery spoke to Taste of Country recently about his Christmas album, what he wants to do differently with his upcoming second studio record, how he balances his college classes and career and more. The deep-voiced singer’s success and earnest manner belie his youth, but despite an innate maturity beyond his years, McCreery acknowledged that in some ways he’s just a normal kid, saying, “Eventually, I’m gonna mess up.”

ToC: What makes a Christmas album so important to you right now? The industry’s generally accepted wisdom would say that it’s a bit early in your career for an album like that.
Scotty McCreery: It’s definitely early for a Christmas album in the country music world. A lot of people wait until they’re far down in their careers. For me, it’s just kind of another step where I’m growing as an artist. We talked about this for about a year now, and we finally got the okay to do it from the label, and everybody supports that. I was pumped up when they said yes.

I think it’s a good move. I think I’m going to have a lot more time to grow and take my time with my true sophomore album after ‘Clear as Day’ and really find the right songs. You know, in the last year I’ve won awards, I’ve had sold out shows across the country, but I haven’t had that big radio hit yet. So that’s my mission right now. So I’ve got to go out there and try to find it.

You’ve said that your family is steeped in a tradition of Christmas music. Have you ever been door-to-door caroling?
I’ve done it with my church a couple of times when I was younger. I haven’t done it in years. But we’d go as a youth group, we’d go caroling around neighborhoods close to the church, for sure. Definitely.

Your mom and dad can also sing. Any chance of them maybe joining you on stage at some point for a Christmas song?
That could happen. It’s definitely in the realm of possibility. You know, the whole family — even my sister — likes to sing, so that’s definitely in the possibilities. It would have been great to have them on the record if we’d have just had a little more time, we could have thought about it a little more.

Which song from the new album do you feel the most personal connection with, and why?
I would say ‘Christmas in Heaven,’ just because I was thinking about my grandfather, who passed on a few years ago. And I think a lot of people are going to have a personal connection with that song — really be touched by it, hopefully.

The other one is probably ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town,’ just because I was such a huge Elvis fanatic when I was growing up, and I listened to his music and was influenced by him. So it was really cool for me to be able to have an Elvis Presley song on this record.

How is college going for you?
So far, so good. I’m enjoying it. For me, my number one priority always has to be the music, and I’m going to work school around my music — not music around my school. And so far I’ve got classes Monday and Wednesday, and then Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday I’m hitting the road, and it’s working out great.

Is balancing classes and your music career easier or more difficult than you might have figured?
So far, it’s not been that difficult. I’m not exactly taking Advanced Chemistry right now. So far, it hasn’t been horrible. I’ve just had to have better time management on the road. Instead of sitting down for an hour playing Xbox, I have to sit down and study or write a paper. That just comes with growing up and maturing. As long as I can do that, I think this whole college thing is going to be easy. If I just wait until 5AM when something’s due in the morning, then that might kill me, but we’ll see.

Have any of your classmates or professors asked you for an autograph?

I’ve had classmates ask, but at school I try and stay away from that. Not so much because I don’t want to — I mean, I’d love to sit there and sign for everybody, but when I’m at school, I’m a student, and I don’t want to take away from anybody else’s education, and I don’t want to take away from mine. I’m not going there to be Scotty McCreery the celebrity in my math class. I’m going there to actually learn the course and get a degree. So they’ve asked, and I respect that, but for the most part I try and stay away from that at college.

What kind of a degree are you shooting for ultimately?
Right now I’m in the major of communications with a focus on public relations, but I’ll probably switch that to media. For me, a lot of times in the media I’m on this side of things; I’m being interviewed, or I’m seeing it from this side of things. So it’d be cool for me to see the other side of things, understand how it works. I think it’ll give me an interesting perspective.

For me it’s not one hundred percent just about the degree. It’s about actually being at college, having the experience, learning about life and growing up. I’m 19 right now. I still want to have these years. I still have relationships back home, and I’m loving every minute of it on the road, but I’m not gonna totally forget about that. It’s important to me.

Scotty to perform at The Grove's Tenth Annual Tree Lighting


7:30pm - 9:30pm

A Hollywood Christmas Celebration at The Grove-Tenth Annual Tree Lighting - Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm presented by Citi.

The biggest spectacular of the year!

Performances by:
Colbie Caillet
Scotty McCreery
Philip Phillips
Michael Bolton
Far East Movement
Rickey Minor and His Band
DJ JibbJock

Sponsored by:
The Hobbit
Los Angeles Times

Heavenly Assurances: The youngest male winner of American Idol shares a tale of divine intervention.

By Scotty McCreery, Garner, North Carolina

Last year, at 17, I became the youngest male winner ofAmerican Idol. My faith helped me get there. Why do I believe that? Because of the awesome things God has this one unbelievable moment during the taping of the show.
As one of the top three contes­tants, I got to put on an outdoor concert in my hometown of Garner, North Carolina, in front of 30,000 fans. Folks there are like family to me.
Wednesday nights I’d often Skype with my church youth group from First Baptist Church of Garner. Choirs and Sunday schools sent me hun­dreds of cards. “Good luck, Scotty!” they wrote. “We’re praying for you!” I couldn’t wait to perform for them.
Then a couple nights before the concert I watched the weather report. Ninety-five percent chance of thun­derstorms, torrential downpours—right at showtime! My first concert ever was headed for a rainout.
I grabbed my Bible, flipped it open at random and instantly my eyes fell upon a verse. Immediately, I felt an awesome sense of peace. It was like God was speaking to me.
Lord, I’m trusting you whether it rains or not. Please just let everyone enjoy the show.
The morning of the concert, thou­sands of people crowded around the outdoor stage. It was hot, humid, overcast. Rain seemed inevi­table. “Maybe we’ll have to cancel,” I overheard a producer say. But I kept thinking about the verse I’d read.
Somehow, the rain held. Right be­fore I went on, the sun broke through the clouds. I performed under patch­es of a bright blue sky. Garner went wild. I was from the best town in the whole U.S. of A. By the end of the concert I was floating on a cloud.
Just as we loaded the last piece of equipment the skies opened. Rain poured down. That verse I’d turned to before the concert? Amos 4:7—“I withheld the rain from you.”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Approx. 66k sold of Christmas With Scotty McCreery

great job McCreerians! approx 66k sold of Christmas with sold in the first 2 weeks and its not Christmas time yet!

now in Christmas with

Cassetty Entertainment Signs Scotty McCreery

By Sarah Skates
Todd Cassetty today announced the launch of Cassetty Entertainment, an artist management enterprise which has signed Scotty McCreery.
Cassetty is stepping away from his day-to-day roles with Hi-Fi Fusion and Todd Cassetty Welding Service but the online and video marketing companies will continue operation. Additional details regarding Hi-Fi Fusion will be forthcoming.
For the past 18 months, Cassetty has been working with McCreery on multiple projects from television shows to promotional campaigns to music videos. Says McCreery, “Todd has been involved in my career since I first came to Nashville after American Idol, and our great working relationship made the management scenario a no-brainer.”
Cassetty adds, “For years, I’ve been looking for an artist to inspire me to integrate 20 years of experience into an artist management role. Scotty McCreery is that artist. His vocal talent and authenticity as an entertainer are the impetus behind Cassetty Entertainment, and I could not be more excited to work with him.”
After winning American Idol season 10, McCreery became the youngest man in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 all-genre albums chart with his first release, the platinum-selling Clear As Day. Since then, McCreery has been named New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards. He took home the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Award at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. More recently, he toured with Brad Paisley and released Christmas With Scotty McCreery, which sold over 40,000 units to become the top selling holiday album year-to-date.
Cassetty’s music industry career began in the early ‘90s with marketing and promotion stints at Country Radio Seminar, Warner/Reprise and Gaylord Entertainment’s From there, he started Hi-Fi Fusion, Nashville’s first digital marketing company, which works with every major record label and many of the biggest artists in music. In 2007, he launched Todd Cassetty Welding Service, a television, video and film production company that has since created TV specials and music videos for McCreery, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Judy McCreery sees Scotty McCreery on Opry TV in the Nashville Airport

Catching a flight in Nashville & see on TV at the Opry Originals store!

Ryan Mathews tells Sports Spectrum he supports Scotty McCreery

 I know this isn't an "exclusive" Scotty article but anyone that is on twitter will know that Ryan Mathews played baseball at NC State last year and tweets encouraging scriptures and words for everyone to see. Just like Scotty, he is not afraid to let the world know he is a Christian.  I think it's great that he mentioned his support for Scotty in this article! Donna :)

 “Conversations” with Ryan Mathews
Courtesy: Ryan Mathews

This edition of Sports Spectrum “Conversations” features Ryan Mathews, an outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. This past spring, Mathews hit 17 HRs and helped his teammates at NC State advance to the Super-Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Ryan joins us to talk about his faith, his NCAA tournament experience, getting drafted, and what life is like in the minor leagues. To hear the full interview, including Ryan’s thoughts on the A’s playoff run, if he’s ever faced a pitcher who throws as hard as Justin Verlander, and how he shares the Gospel though Twitter, click the link to the podcast or subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher.

Favorite music to listen to
I like to listen to Lecrae and Tenth Avenue North. Pretty wide genre from Christian rap to  Tenth Avenue North, but those are my two favorite bands. And I gotta support my boy, Scotty McCreary. I went and saw him in concert recently. For country he’d definitely be my favorite.

This is a pretty lengthy, so I only posted a couple parts of it  - but it is a very good article - I would recommend everyone clicking on the link below and reading the entire article. 

First 'Idol' winner with a holiday album Scotty McCreery charts in first!

Some are going to find this little piece of trivia almost too difficult to believe: "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery was the first "Idol" title holder to release a Christmas (a.k.a. holiday) album. And if that wasn't surprising enough on its own, he's also the first "Idol" finalist in the country music genre -- Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, Josh Gracin, Danny Gokey -- to have a major label holiday album. That being said, he dropped the album last week and picked up where he left off, the new offering, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, placing first in sales on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.

According to Billboard, McCreery's latest release, an 11-track collection that includes a couple of original holiday songs, pushed 41,000 copies its first week out. It was enough to displace Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas, which had held the top Holiday Albums spot for two consecutive weeks.

But you have to hand it to the recently turned 19-year-old singer -- he certainly knows how to come in first.

After winning the Fox Television singing competition and touring with the other "American Idol" finalists in 2011, McCreery released his first album, Clear As Day. The next week it was first in sales, topping the Billboard 200. It was also No. 1 on the Country albums chart. Not only that but it was the first time a country artist had seen their first album debut at No. 1. To add icing to the "first" cake, McCreery, who had just turned 18 when Clear As Day topped the charts, became the youngest artist in the Nielsen Soundscan era (since 1991) to have a No. 1 debut album.

In all, prior to Christmas with Scotty McCreery posting at the top spot, reported that McCreery had topped one of Billboard's charts 7 times. (That's a far cry from Kelly Clarkson's 79 but the Season 1 winner had a nine-year head start, so...)

McCreery also won the Best New Artist award at the 2nd Annual American Music Awards and the Best New Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Both awards were determined by popular vote.

With the album at No. 1, McCreery isn't just the only "American Idol" winner to release an album of Christmas music, by default it makes him the first "Idol" winner with a No. 1 Holiday Albums chart-topper.

Of course, he's not the only "Idol" with a holiday album. In fact, Season 5's Mandisa just revamped her 2009 holiday collection, It's Christmas, re-releasing it on Oct. 9 with new material as It's Christmas: Christmas Angel Edition. Other "Idol" finalists with Christmas albums include Season 9's Michael Sarver (but only in digital format), Season 5's Elliott Yamin (who has two holiday albums to his credit), Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee, and Season 2's Kimberley Locke.

But the biggest sellers have been by another couple of runners-up. Season 8's David Archuleta's Christmas From The Heart has sold nearly 250,000 copies to date. Season 2's Clay Aiken, though, has the record to beat. His Merry Christmas with Love has sold over 1.4 million units to date.

It might take awhile, but given Scotty McCreery's apparent predilection for being first, there might come a day when he heads that list as well.

Christmas with Scotty McCreery also did well on two other charts, landing at the No. 2 position on the Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200, which lists the best selling albums in the U. S.

The young "Idol" star will appear on "CMA Country Christmas," a special being taped in Nashville on Nov. 3 and set to air sometime during the holidays. Along with other country music luminaries, McCreery will share the stage with current "American Idol" judge Keith Urban.

60 Seconds With Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery
Courtesy of Universal Music Group

Scotty McCreery is a busy young man these days. The ‘American Idol‘ winner is not only attending college, but he’s also touring to promote his platinum debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ pushing his new Christmas record, and getting together the songs for his follow-up album.

Despite his incredibly busy schedule, McCreery took a minute — literally — to answer a series of rapid-fire questions for us, graciously opening up about everything from his early Christmas memories, to Rod Stewart, the importance of Rice Krispies on a grueling road trip, politics and more.

60 Seconds With Scotty McCreery

Question 1: What did you ever do to get grounded growing up?
I think one time I actually tried to run away. I packed a bag of Rice Krispies and hit the road [Laughs]. And then I got to the end of the neighborhood and came back ’cause I got scared. I don’t think my parents took too kindly to that.  All I took was Rice Krispies — no clothes or anything, just Rice Krispies.

Question 2: What is your most memorable Christmas gift?
I’d put it between two: my first guitar that my grandfather got me when I was about ten, or, I got a pretty big telescope when I was younger. I’m a huge moon and stars guy; I love sitting out at night checking out the constellations, so when I got that, I was pretty ecstatic. The guitar is probably number one, though.

Question 3: Have you decided who you’re going to vote for, and why?
Oh [Laughs]. Uh, you know, for me, I’m going to keep my politics kinda to myself. I’m a singer and entertainer, not a political analyst on the news. But I’m definitely trying to get informed and watch the debates and stuff. This will be an interesting presidential election, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out.

Question 4: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever autographed?
There was this one time I had this really, really big guy come up to me, and I think he’d had a few to drink that night. And he came up to me and lifted up his shirt and had this hairy belly just hanging out, and he said, “Sign my belly, man.” And I said, “Are you kidding me?” And he said, “No.” So I signed his big old belly.
Taste of Country: Oh lord.
That’s what I was thinking!

Question 5: When was the last time you were starstruck?
It was a couple of days ago. I was in L.A. going to my EMG, checking out my vocal chords, making sure everything was healthy, and as I walked in, Rod Stewart was walking out. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’

Taste of Country: Did you speak to him?
No, I didn’t. He’s Rod Stewart — I let him go on his merry way. But it was definitely, we all turned around, and our jaws were on the floor, like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It was cool.

Scotty McCreery fans are getting into the holiday spirit

Brian Mansfield, Idol Chatter 11:43AM EDT October 24. 2012 

Scotty McCreery fans are getting into the holiday spirit, giving the American Idol Season 10 an early Christmas present in the form of a Top Five debut for Christmas With Scotty. The young singer's holiday album debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are sales updates for several additional titles from Idol acts.

Idol albums

Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty (41,000, debut, 41,000) (#4 Billboard 200)
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (14,000, +8%, 864,000) (#25 BB200)
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (3,000, +3%, 946,000) (#145 BB200)
Mandisa, What If We Were Real (2,000, +12%, 222,000)
Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (2,000, +16%, 1.119 million)
Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts (1,000, -19%, 7.243 million)
Carrie Underwood, Play On (1,000, -6%, 2.144 million)
Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (1,000, -2%, 3.287 million)
Casey James, Casey James (less than 1,000, +1%, 55,000)
Daughtry, Daughtry (less than 1,000, -27%)
Mandisa, It's Christmas (less than 1,000, -2%, 33,000)
Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams (less than 1,000, +19%, 17,000)
Jason Castro, Starting Line EP (less than 1,000, +30%, 2,000)

Idol-related albums

One Direction, Up All Night (15,000, -16%, 1.302 million) (#21 Billboard 200)
Various, WOW Hits 2013 (feat. tracks from Mandisa and Jason Castro) (10,000, -3%, 43,000) (#41 BB200)
Soundtrack, Rock of Ages (8,000, +22%, 215,000) (#48 BB200)
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (7,000, +27%, 2.787 million) (#57 BB200)
David Guetta, Nothing but the Beat (3,000, -37%, 407,000) (#133 BB200)

Find out more about Scotty's Christmas album, along with his favorite holiday traditions, in the Nov. 5 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Oct. 29. 

 This is from - just added it to this post instead of creating a new post.
Scoring a big debut with his Christmas release is Scotty McCreery with Christmas With Scotty. The album moved 41,000 copies and its sure to find the 2011 Idol winner in the top 10 of the country charts through most of this upcoming Christmas shopping season. 

 I only posted the portion about Scotty you can click on the link below to read the full article

American Idol Scotty McCreery visits Live at Five at 4

Scott McCreery, the Lost Trailers and Rodney Atkins will take part in the Mike Hammond Concert for Charity, to benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center and Bethany Christian Services on October 25 at the Valarium. Show starts at 7pm (Doors open at 6pm).
McCreery has a new Christmas album out.
For more information visit

Scotty McCreery & Dry County on QVC

Credit to: myscottymccreery

Scotty McCreery Talks Fantasy Football

The Fantasy Football Today crew is joined by American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery to talk all things Fantasy. See how McCreery's team is holding up this season.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Be sure to watch ENews tonight at 7 & 11:30 pm

UMG Nashville‏@UMGNashville

Hey @ScottyMcCreery fans, be sure to watch @ENews tonight at 7 pm ET & 11:30 PM ET... you won't be sorry!

Scotty McCreery's Christmas CD Lands In Billboard Top 5

Scotty McCreery's Christmas CD lands in Billboard Top 5

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Even though we haven't celebrated Halloween yet, enough Scotty McCreery fans are apparently in the Christmas spirit to push his holiday CD into the Billboard Top 5 in its first week of sales.
"Christmas with Scotty McCreery," released last week, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The CD, which features the Garner "American Idol" winner singing holiday classics and a couple of new songs, sold 41,000 copies in its first week.

The chart was topped by another country singer, Jason Aldean, whose "Night Train" debuted with 409,000 copies sold. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" ranked second, and Brandy's "Two Eleven" debuted in third.

On the country album chart, McCreery's CD was second, with Aldean again on top. "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" topped the Billboard holiday album chart. It dislodged Blake Shelton's holiday CD, "Cheers, It's Christmas."

McCreery, now a freshman at N.C. State University, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and country album charts last year with his first CD, "Clear As Day." It has since gone platinum, selling more than 1 million copies. His next non-holiday CD is due next year.
The "American Idol" finalist with the top all-time holiday CD also has a Triangle tie — "Merry Christmas with Love" from Clay Aiken, a 2004 album, has sold more than 1.4 million copies.

Scotty McCreery talking about the concert tonight

Tracking the success of CWSM

Excerpted from the Hollywood Reporter:
By Fred Bronson

Season 10's McCreery has three new No. 1s, all thanks to his first holiday album, Christmas With Scotty McCreery. The set opens in pole position on Top Holiday Albums and Top Internet Albums. The lead single from the album, “Christmas in Heaven,” bows at No. 1 on the Holiday Digital Songs tally. These three new No. 1s, added to McCreery’s previous seven, bring his total of chart-toppers to ten.

McCreery now joins [Adam Lambert] in the top ten [among all Idols with the most No. 1 songs] (see current ranking below):
Kelly Clarkson 79
Carrie Underwood 65
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 39
Fantasia 31
Ruben Studdard 16
Jennifer Hudson 15
Mandisa 15
Clay Aiken 12
Adam Lambert 10
Scotty McCreery 10
Being No. 1 on Holiday Digital Songs is just part of the good news for McCreery on that chart. In addition to “Christmas In Heaven,” McCreery has six other songs from his seasonal set debut, including “Mary Did You Know?” (No. 18), “Let It Snow” (No. 31), “First Noel” (No. 38), “Christmas Comin’ Round Again” (No. 39), “O Holy Night” (No. 43) and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” (No. 49). That means seven of the 11 tracks on the album are charting on Holiday Digital Songs.

Tweets from IdolsNow (@idolsnow), an account that tracks the chart successes of all AI contestants:

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTTY McCREERY's "Christmas In Heaven" debuts at #1 on the Holiday Digital Songs chart. @ScottyMcCreery

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTTY McCREERY's "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" debuts at #1 on Top Holiday Albums. @ScottyMcCreery

SCOTTY McCREERY's "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" debuts at #2 on Top Country Albums. @ScottyMcCreery

SCOTTY McCREERY's "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" debuts at #4 on The Billboard 200 album chart. @ScottyMcCreery

With 3 new #1s, SCOTTY McCREERY's total of Billboard #1s increases to 10. He's now tied with ADAM LAMBERT.

Scotty McCreery Scheduled to Appear at the ACAs

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Casey James, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch and Chris Young Among Stars Scheduled to Appear.

Additional performers and presenters to be announced soon.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (ACA) will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Monday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Read the press release here.

AI10 Alum Paul McDonald joining Scotty at Von Braun Center show

EDIT: Judy Cooke McCreery ‏@JudyMacGarner “@JamieP120: @JudyMacGarner @ScottyMcCreery I'll be at the B'ham show Dec. 14. Is Paul opening for that show too?” YES!
I wanted to add this tweet from Judy on here to let everyone know that Paul will also be opening for Scotty's Birmingham, AL show! Donna

By Matt Wake
Last seen in a September episode of the NBC TV series "Parenthood," Huntsville High grad and "American Idol" alum Paul McDonald has been added to a Dec. 13 bill headlined by another "Idol" vet, Scotty McCreery.

Vocalist Hailey Steele, a South Dakota native whose influences range from Faith Hill to Tom Petty, will open the Von Braun Center show. Tickets ($28, $35.50 and $41.50) are available via the VBC Box Office (700 Monroe St.), or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Scotty McCreery to perform at Q93 Benefit Concert tonight

Q93 Benefit Concert
Thursday, October 25th
Doors Open at 6, Show Starts at 7


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CBS Fantasy News tweets that Scotty McCreery will join them Wednesday

and join us Wednesday on Today to talk about their leagues. LIVE, Noon ET:

Videos: Scotty McCreery's Hollywood Bowl performance

Credit to: burningup4nickj for all the videos - thanks for letting us know about them in the comments  Doug!

T-R-O-U-B-L-E - Hollywood Bowl Celebrity Alcohol

Vote for Scotty McCreery as Favorite Country Artist on the People's Choice Awards

People Choice Awards
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Vote for up to FIVE nominees!

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -------------------------
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Scotty McCreery: Christmas in August

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Scotty McCreery: Christmas in August

The platinum-selling country 'Idol' champ unveils a holiday album mixing new with (very) old-school fare
By Phyllis Stark
Special to MSN Music

Just one album into a career, it's unusual for an artist to turn around and release a Christmas set next, but 2011 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery says he "got lucky," even if he admits he did have to talk his record label into the idea.
"A lot of people have to wait a few years -- a lot of years -- before they ever get to do a Christmas album," he says. "I just wanted to get it out there, and I really put a lot of time and effort into it. Christmas is my favorite holiday."
In keeping with the music industry's strategy of releasing Christmas fare before the Halloween candy has cleared the aisles, "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" arrived in stores on Oct. 16.
The singer, who just turned 19 this month, grew up loving Christmas music and performing it in school and church, so he was eager to get an album of his favorites into the marketplace. With his first studio album, "Clear as Day," having been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units just three months after its release last year, McCreery had a little leverage in gently twisting the arms of executives at his label. Once they agreed to the idea, he says, "They had my back on it, so it's been really nice to have their support."
Recording the album in August, during a scorching heat wave in Nashville, posed a second set of challenges, which McCreery and his team overcame by immersing themselves in holiday trimmings.
"We had Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas cookies, Christmas hats; it was Christmas-y in there," says McCreery with a grin. "That made it easy on us, as long as we didn't go outside."
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Plenty of country stars are releasing Christmas albums this holiday season, including Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum, but McCreery went out of his way to make sure his set contained an extra element: the reason for the season. He picked quite a few songs that focused on the holiday's religious aspects, including "O Holy Night," "The First Noel" and "Mary Did You Know?"
"That's the main reason we celebrate," he says of the holiday's spiritual base. "The presents and stuff, that's good and fun and all, but there would be no Christmas without the birth of Christ. Going to church on Christmas Eve, we'd read the Christmas story out of Luke and we'd always make sure we paid mind to that and didn't just get caught up in Santa Claus or the worldly Christmas."
That same focus applied to the two original songs McCreery chose for the 11-song set: "Christmas in Heaven" and "Christmas Comin' Round Again."
"For a Christmas original, you either want to have a holly, jolly one that makes you want to dance, or one that really touches you," says McCreery, who picked two that fell into the latter category. "They had a lot of meaning."
That's not to say the album is all serious. It also contains fun standards like "Let It Snow," a blusey "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," an energetic "Holly Jolly Christmas" and a laid-back, vibey take on "Jingle Bells," among other well-loved classics.
McCreery says selecting the songs to include was the hardest part of making the album.
"I can't tell you how many hours I spent sitting there with a paper and looking at different albums, and different lists of Christmas songs and scratching them out, erasing some, and making marks trying to decide which ones I wanted to do," he says. "But I think we got the 11 right. We got the ones that I really wanted to put on the album."
Several had a history for the young singer. In fifth grade, he sang "O Holy Night" at a holiday concert. And for several years, McCreery and a pal teamed up to perform "Mary Did You Know?" at their church's Christmas Eve services. That made those songs more meaningful to him when it came time to narrowing down the choices of album cuts. With that album finished, McCreery is now in the process of picking songs for his next studio album, as well as trying to write some songs himself. The pressure will be on for the Academy of Country Music's reigning New Artist of the Year to top his own accomplishments.
"Clear as Day" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making McCreery the youngest male artist in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. The album also racked up the highest sales of any country solo album released last year, and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.
The gold record he received from his record label after "Clear as Day" sold its first half million units is part of a new exhibit of McCreery career memorabilia on display through Jan. 4, 2013, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, not far from McCreery's hometown of Garner. Among the other items he donated to the museum is the outfit he wore when he sang his final duet, with Tim McGraw, on "Idol" last year.
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In addition to staying focused on his career, McCreery is enjoying his freshman year at North Carolina State University, where he is majoring in communications and living in an apartment with some friends.
"It's going great," he says of his first semester. "I'm enjoying it, just getting out there and having a little freedom, living with the boys and studying and stuff."
He's arranged his full, 12-hour course load into just two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. And while that has given him the freedom to continue touring with Brad Paisley, as well as coming to Nashville for appointments and other business, there's one big downside. "All my quizzes and tests are due on the same day," he says, rolling his eyes.
McCreery was recently ranked in the top five for the second year in a row in Billboard magazine's lists of top artists under the age of 21, and he says he's proud to be representing the music he loves on that list of music's most powerful minors.
"It's cool for me, especially, to represent country," he says. "Anytime you can really wave the flag for country music I try to do it. Hopefully I can wave the flag well."

QVC tweets a picture of Scotty McCreery from the show today

Getting ready for performance!
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Jane & talk his music that he performed for us today!

Christmas With Scotty McCreery

 A big thank you to my good friend @Dusty125 for tracking Scotty's numbers for all his' fans.  Here's a few things that Dusty has posted on Idol Forum and Twitter - Not to bad for a Christmas Album released in October!!!

 Final Numbers For Christmas With Scotty McCreery -


me too! he will be #2 country and #1 holiday on billboard yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! 2nd #1 album for a debut week!

Billboard Holiday Albums Chart Goes Live Early
With high profile artists like Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller bringing Christmas albums to market in October, Billboard brings Top Holiday Albums for an earlier encore than happens in most years.

The complete 50-title chart went live yesterday on A 25-title digest also appears on

Groban's "Noel" and Mannheim's "Christmas Song" both hit stores Oct. 9. They enter the seasonal chart at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. With 64,000 sold, Groban's became the first album to debut in The Billboard 200's top 10 this early in the year since 1992, when .Garth Brooks' "Beyond the Season" started at No. 5 "Noel" begins at No. 10.
All holiday albums, both new and those released in earlier years, are eligible to appear on the chart. While Hanukkah and Kwanza titles may appear on this chart, none have yet to sell enough to crowd out the Christmas albums.

Top Holiday Albums will return to the magazine's pages in the Nov. 24 issue and run every other week through the first issue of 2008.

And Scotty is Debuting at #4 Billboard 200

so if I am reading this article correctly... he debuted higher than Garthbrooks in 1992!

Scotty McCreery will be on QVC at 2:00 pm ET today

Watch Scotty LIVE on 10/23/12 at 2PM ET!


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Win Tickets to See Scotty McCreery at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Taping and a Copy of ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’

By Taste of Country Staff

A few lucky McCreerians will get to spend the holidays with their favorite ‘American Idol.’ Enter below for your chance to win tickets to see Scotty McCreery perform at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ TV special taping next month, plus a copy of his new holiday album, ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery.’

On Nov. 3, McCreery will be one of a number of country stars to return to Nashville to tape performances for the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will return as host for a third straight year. It’s not clear which songs McCreery will sing, but in 2011, he performed ‘The First Noel.’

The new holiday album is the 19-year-old superstar’s take on nine classic Christmas songs, plus it includes two originals. Fans love ‘Christmas in Heaven’ and ‘Christmas Comin’ Round Again.’ McCreery stays true to original arrangements of all-time great songs like ‘Let It Snow’ and ‘Winter Wonderland.’ There are plenty of songs that will slip nicely into your holiday playlist.

Two winners will each receive tickets to the show and a copy of McCreery’s ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ album, available online and in stores now. This contest ends Oct. 26, 2012 at 5PM ET. Winner will need to provide own transportation to and from the show in Nashville. Only one entry person, and be sure to read the official Taste of Country contest rules before entering.

Enter HERE

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Merch store preview

Mike McCreery ‏@MikeMGarner
At home, @ashleymccreery2 wraps up with @ScottyMcCreeryComing soon to the new merch store at

Scotty McCreery thanks Brad Paisley for giving him a chance

Redeye flight back home✈
Huge thanks to for giving an 18 year old the chance of a lifetime back in January to go on the road w/ you! Ive enjoyed every… 
moment of it and have the upmost respect for you. The way you not only entertain a crowd, but also treat your crew n everybody back stage… 
has taught me how it should be done. Thanks for the memories! 

 This was Brad's reply to Scotty!
Dear Scotty, you have such a bright future my friend. I'm so lucky to have been your closing act this whole year...
 you're such a talent,such a class act.So is your entire family and crew. Let's do this again sometime.We'll miss you!

Scotty McCreery to Perform on QVC on October 23

By Amy Sciarretto 
It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas. Scotty McCreery will head to QVC on Tuesday, Oct. 23 to perform songs from his just-released holiday collection ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery.’
So be sure and tune in. It might inspire you to do a little holiday shopping for the Scotty fan in your life. We know it’ll put you in a holiday mood several weeks early. Why not kick off the merriment sooner than later, right? We know it’s not even Halloween yet, but the Christmas season will be here before you know it.
The ‘I Love You This Big’ singer is slated to perform at 2PM ET, and while there, he will offer viewers and the QVC faithful the chance to nab the holiday set as part of a package deal with his platinum debut, ‘Clear as Day,’ which came out last October. The package will be available while supplies last, according to Country Weekly. Now that’s a case of the more the merrier!
See our exclusive review of the Season 10 ‘American Idol’ winner’s holiday platter ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ here.