Monday, October 8, 2012

The double life of country star Scotty McCreery


By CHRIS TALBOTT 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As it turns out, Scotty McCreery can have it all.

The platinum-selling teen and former "American Idol" champ began his freshman year at North Carolina State University recently and he's managed to work out a schedule that allows him to balance his college education with his country music education.

"I made a 98 on my first math test," McCreery said. "I was pumped about that because math is not one of my best things."

It's not the first test McCreery has passed on his quick rise to fame, first winning Season 10 of "Idol," then becoming the youngest male to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. While the siren call of celebrity has had a strong pull, McCreery has said all along he also wants to maintain the normal life he'd been planning before he was swept away by "Idol."
That's why he chose N.C. State over a school closer to Nashville. He lives in an off-campus apartment in Raleigh with lifelong friends, just 15 or 20 minutes from his home in Garner and only an hour from Music City by plane. He goes to class on Mondays and Wednesdays, where he's mostly been left alone to study by courteous fellow students. Then he either joins the Brad Paisley tour on the road or works with producer Mark Bright on writing and assembling songs for his next album.
He's even managed to slip in intramural football on Tuesdays. Well, most Tuesdays.
"Going to State, it gives me a chance to have a little bit of a home base, to have a little bit of normalcy — whatever normal is," McCreery said. "I think it's good for me as a person. I'm still figuring out what my normal is."
What isn't normal is the interest in McCreery by fans. His popularity is off the charts in the country music world where the average male star is usually in his 30s. McCreery doesn't turn 19 till later this month and there are signs everywhere that his popularity continues to grow. Billboard and Variety both just named him one of music's top young stars. And even his Christmas album, "Christmas with Scotty McCreery," due out next week, shows signs of unusually strong fan interest. It's Universal Music Group's top pre-order this year, outselling even Lady Gaga and Kanye West.
The goal now, McCreery says, is to lock in those fans, which requires him to seek a well-rounded education. Monday through Wednesday he's working on 12 credit hours toward his communications degree. Thursday through Sunday, it's all about learning the secrets of longevity in the country world.
About the only accolade McCreery doesn't have is a top 10 song at country radio, something he knows he'll need if he wants to be doing this at 40.
"We're still looking for songs because that's what the second album is about for me," McCreery said. "I'm going to be picking and choosing. Country music is about the songs. This last year I've had sold-out shows, I've won awards and stuff, but I haven't had that huge monster hit yet. That's a song I really need to have."

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19 comments:

  1. Well Scotty you have locked me in as a fan for life . I think of you as one of my own kids and I will never turn my back on you. I dont think some of his fans that are just fans crituqing him all the time and making voicing their oppinions about everything he does . Im learning there are two types of his fans . Im a fanatical unconditional type of fan that thinks of him as family and he can never do no wrong and I love it that way and I will stay that type of fan.

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  2. I know what they say...you need that big radio hit...but my goodness, how big was ILYTB. To me that was a huge hit. I have no doubt you will get what evrybody is waiting for. Hopefully the next solo album will hit radio.You are the most refreshing person to hit the country scene or any genre in many years. Congrats for all you success.

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  3. I agree!! I am a Scotty fan for life! I will buy all of his Albums!! His voice is soooo beautiful. I could listen to him all day long!! (sometimes I do) California fan!

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    1. I'm another one who agrees that they will buy ANYTHING that Scotty puts out. I have a CD carousel that holds 200 CD's and I've left plenty of room by Scotty's first 2 for lots of additional ones. Just love this kid!

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  4. G-ma Dodie here. I forgot to add about ILYTB, that I was so happy to see it at No.2 on CMT 12 Pack!. Is is such a special song. Everytime I hear that first note, on Music Choice, I get excited. They play all 3 songs which I love!

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  5. I am a fan for life, too!! Scotty is a wonderful artist, singer, performer, role model, and person. He is #1 in my book. Congratulations Scotty, you are fantastic and have brought so much joy to my life. TL

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  6. Am beside myself. Got the email that I will get a meet and greet with Scotty this Friday night. YAY. Don't know what to expect but will share what I learn with FOS.

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    1. Congrats!! He is a doll!

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  7. put comment at yahoo make it top trent worldwide

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  8. I am a Scotty fan for life as well. I just saw him Fri in OH, and I am now in NC to see him at his NC State Fair. I saw him in FL a well. Janfan

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    1. Alright Janfan! Give a few cheers for me! I'll do the same at MA concert! TL

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  9. Off topic, but we need to get on over to Cody Top5 and vote WTT Scotty is behind18 inches.

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  10. I think that there is so much more to Scotty then any other artist I respect that he puts god first family music and education and that he has so many other interest and is so down to earth and approachable he makes me feel that I'm an equal to him if that makes any sense.i believe he loves and respects his fans as we do him .I also love how people get an impression of who he is and then when they meet him they have to like him . He is humble and is a gracious young man that the music world needs. Thank you Scotty for being you.

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  11. I love the comment above---"Thank you, Scotty, for being you!"-----that just says it all. We all love you so much, sweet guy! HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!

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  12. You are a great role model for the tweens and up! I love that you have captured the hearts of young and old. Not all country singers have that distinction. It shows what a well-rounded person you are. Always stay that way, Scotty. We love you and enjoy your voice, whether talking or singing. You are a charmer and do it so naturally. Thank you for taking all of us on your spectacular journey. I am a McCreerian for life.

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  13. I am "all in" as a Scotty McCreery fan. Scotty has turned my musical world upside down. If he put out a new record every month, I would be the first in line to buy each and every one of them. The world is a better place because Scotty is in it. God sure did pick the right man for the job He wants done!! Not everyone could keep their feet on the ground with so many adoring fans, but he is doing it. God bless you, Scotty!!

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  14. Fan for life.

    Oh, I love how his pre orders out sold Kayne and Lady Gaga....Scotty is a superstar and a role model.

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  15. I love the line that says "Scotty's popularity is off the charts in the Country Music World"! Isn't that the truth! We fans, who are fortunate to have this site to follow his career,( his concerts, awards, etc.) can attest to that! I agree with EJJinGA, it really is remarkable with all the adoring fans Scotty has, that he remains grounded... just another attribute we all admire about Scotty!

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  16. Spread the word about this article on Yahoo news....maybe
    we can get it to be top ten stream.

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