Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scotty McCreery Eyes More Christmas Albums in His Future

Country Star Talks Holiday Favorites, Keith Urban on 'Idol,' and Next Studio Album: "I'm trying to put my own stamp on it"

by Chuck Dauphin, Nashville  

Usually, an artist will wait a few years before putting out a Christmas album. But not Scotty McCreery, who has just released the Yuletide platter "Christmas With Scotty McCreery." In a new interview with Billboard, the singer said he's "pumped" to have the album out. "A lot of artists have to wait until later in their career before they release one. I'm excited."

He admits he came close to recording the album in 2011 -- on the heels of his "American Idol" win. "We had talked about doing this last year, when we released the first album. It got put on the back burner, and started talking about it again for this year. The label was behind it, I was behind it. It's my favorite time of the year, and my favorite holiday, so it just seemed right. Doing it this early in my career also gives us some options. If I wanted to put out volume two or volume three ten years later, we could."


McCreery found inspiration in many holiday albums, but admits there is one particular classic that holds a special place in his heart. "My favorite Christmas album growing up was Elvis's Christmas Album," he said, singling out "Blue Christmas" as his favorite. "When that song comes on, it's Christmas time. Also, 'Santa Claus Is Back In Town.' That was my second favorite song, and we were able to put that on our album. It was pretty cool to be able to channel the 'King' as we recorded it."

One cut on the disc that has a deep personal meaning to the singer is "Christmas In Heaven," which brought to mind someone very special.

"That's by far my favorite song on the record. I was actually writing a song a little bit like that about my grandfather before that song got sent to me. When you find the right song, you just have to go with it. I heard it, and I didn't have to listen to the first verse before I said 'This one's going on the record. It's just a powerful song that's got a great message to it. It touched me when I heard it, and hopefully  - if people are missing someone at Christmas, it will touch them as well."

Already hard at work on his next studio album, he says he is trying to get more involved in the writing process. "I'm actually trying to to put my own stamp out there, so people can see what I'm about," he said. "I think the first album was a good representation of me, and I'm proud of it. But, I think it was definitely rushed."

As an "Idol" winner, he laughs when asked how he feels when fans want to discuss the FOX hit with him. "I embrace it," he said. "I think as an artist, it's important for me to grow and move on from that, to get focused on Nashville, and the industry, but I would never shy away from where I came from or how I got here. I think it's cool. I think it will be interesting to see Keith Urban out there in the middle of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. It will be interesting to see how he handles that."

On the business end, the North Carolina native has just inked a commercial endorsement deal with the Bojangles fried chicken chain. He admits he didn't need a lot of convincing. "I've been endorsing Bojangles since I was a young kid. They just don't know it. I've been going there, and eating their chicken for many years now. I'm excited to be a part of their team and to get to support and promote them. Hopefully, we can get them to go nationwide, because they are only on the east coast. When I'm touring out west, I miss it. It's a great company with great people, and they have great fried chicken. I'm glad to be a part of them."

http://www.billboard.com/column/the-615/scotty-mccreery-eyes-more-christmas-albums-1008028592.story?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#/column/the-615/scotty-mccreery-eyes-more-christmas-albums-1008028592.story?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

24 comments:

  1. These articles just keep getting better. Good Job and loved the video making it. He is just so dang cute isn't he? Proud of you Scotty. ILYTB. His album is #20 in Country Weekly magazine this week. YAY, ITS GOOD SEEING HIS NAME AGAIN. WAY TO GO SCOTTY.

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  2. There is a new video on youtube, just posted even though it was from Lapadie Pig Gig...it's a really good video, nice and clear, up close and you really get the fan reaction to Scotty. Really good.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcrAkTxmrNc

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  3. Oh....and I have to say LOVE LOVE LOVE Scotty.

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  4. CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY McCREERY GOES GOLD!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO, SCOTTY!!!!

    http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/112956/scotty-goes-gold?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed


    PLATINUM HERE WE COME!!!!!!!

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  5. YES - I DO BELIEVE IT WILL GO PLATINUM. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM FROM MY FAVORITE ARTIST. LOVE SCOTTY SO MUCH. HE BRINGS ME SUCH JOY. I WILL BUY ANY MUSIC HE PUTS OUT. NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE ABOUT ANY ARTIST, BUT SCOTTY HAS IT ALL AND I TRY NOT TO MISS A THING ABOUT HIM. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD THIS ALBUM YOU ARE REALLY MISSING OUT ON "THE BEST" CHRISTMAS ALBUM EVER.

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    1. Join the Club I have TOO. I'll start playing the cd and the next thing I'M crying cause I love him so much.

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  6. SCOTTY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY & PROUD WE ARE FOR YOU, JUST LOVE YOU TO PEICES MJ IN TX

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  7. I AM SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY MCCREERY GOES GOLD!!!! I knew It would! It is such a beautiful Christmas CD! His voice is so beautiful on every song! So happy for Scotty! Fan for life!

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  8. Awesome! Our local Walmart has his album next to Justin B on top of the shelf...Hoping more people will buy 'em for gifts and more gifts! The best antidote for stress: Listen to our Scotty's Christmas cd!

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    1. So PROUD OF YOU SCOTTY WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS GOLD AGAIN FOR YOU. PlATIMUN HERE WE COME. BOB, PORTLAND, OREGON.

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    2. just typed into the youtube as stated above. says ntat available

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  9. Highlight the site, right click and choose copy, then right click and paste into browser, hit enter and video comes on.

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  10. Congratulations Scotty you have reached GOLD once again, I knew U would bust loose soon. Now it is Platinum time. God continue to bless You and your family.
    GRANDMA IN TX.

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  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS SCOTTY FROM YOUR DEVOTED, FANATICAL FANS!!!! YOU HAVE A GOLD BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!! WE LOVE YOU,CAN YOU TELL?

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  12. Oh my gosh!!! I am so excited I am about to burst!!! I am so proud of you Scotty!!! Thank you for the Christmas gift and right back atcha!!!!

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  13. Dang Scotty a Gold before Christmas that is sooooooamazing and we are so proud for you and your band and interscope 19 I know they are proud for you going to get even prouder because its going to go PLAYINIUM right guys? I am going to go do another flip not really but I could BY ANOTHER ONE I MUST HAVE sensed SOMETHING I WAS PUTTING UP TREE LISTENING TO SCOTTYS ALBUM AND TRIPPED OVER A SHEET I HAD IN ROOM AND WENT FLYING TO THE FLOOR AND ALMOST BUSTED BOTH KNEES COULDN'T HARDLY WALK YESTERDAY SO SCOTTY THAT IS ALL FOR YOU HA!!!! Better today its all Good as he would say :):):) Todd doesn't that look good? ILYTB SCOTTY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I am glad you are ok!

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  14. Ouch! We have all fallen for Scotty, but you did it physically.HA! Yes we are proud of this amazing kid.

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  15. I hope he releases a new Christmas cd every year or two. Wouldn't that be great!!! I love CWSM.

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  16. Thanks 4:25 and 3:29 I am better today been taking pain meds but at least I can walk better. Its not funny but it is in a way just the way I landed and noone to get me up had to crawl to couch but then had to put weight on knees so ooooh that was so painful knees were both swelled. Hey its all good I will survive you can't get a Scotty Fan down. HA!!!! THANKS for asking. ILYTB SCOTTY Can't wait for tonight:):):) can you believe we are goin to see him on TV, YAY YAY!!!!!!!

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    1. Just wanted to let all of you know. I live here in Portland, Oregon
      my Cable Company is COMCAST, I WENT TO THE TV MENUE TO LOOK FOR A PROGRAME AND THERE WAS SHOWN A PICTURE OF CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY AND IT STATED TO CLICK ON AND YOU COULD PREVIEW SOME OF THE SONGS ALONG WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOTTY. SO I DID AND IT WAS GREAT. IT SHOWED SCOTTY RECORDING IN THE NASHVILLE STUDIO SINGING. ALONG WITH HIS INTERVIEW. SO HE IS GETTING GREAT TV EXPOSER HERE IN THE NORTWEST. IT ALSO THEN SAY THE ALBUM IS AVAILABLE AT ALL WALMART STORES.

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    2. IF YOU HAVE COMCAST CABLE BESURE AND CHECK THIS OUT. I JUST DID AND IT WAS SUPER THANKS FR THE INFO.

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