Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scotty McCreery Contest Publish with Glogster!

Scotty kicked off 2012 on the road with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry and, to celebrate, he's given us some autographed gear to share with you: we're giving away a Mitchell acoustic guitar and five copies of Clear As Day to the fans who create the most original Glogs inspired by his latest single "The Trouble With Girls." The top Glog based on a combination of originality, creativity and Glogster likes will receive the guitar. Contest runs from 3/1-3/31/12.

Click on the link below to review the contest rules - GOOD LUCK

Scotty McCreery Fan Interview - 93.1 WPOC

Scotty McCreery Fan Interview - 93.1 WPOC

Scotty and family in Baltimore

The McCreery 4 and grandparents are all together to attend the last weekend of shows. First stop is Baltimore!

Judy Cooke McCreery ‏ @JudyMacGarner
So excited the whole family including grands convoying to BALT for the show. First stop @WPOC ! #roadtrip

Ashley McCreery ‏ @ashleymccreery2
Feel like singing the Good Morning Baltimore" from Hairspray:) #wemadeit

Mike McCreery ‏ @MikeMGarner
@ScottyMcCreery at a meet and greet at @WPOC in Baltimore.

Scotty McCreery ‏ @ScottyMcCreery
Just left @WPOC in Baltimore! Yall can check out the pics at Hopefully we'll see yall at the show tonight!

Contest winners wait for Scotty McCreery in the Muve Music Room at WPOC

Scotty McCreery performs at the Muve Music Room at WPOC

Scotty McCreery with WPOC's Laurie DeYoung

Contest winner Alice interviews Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery and the Garner Magnet High School Die Meisters

The Die Meistersingers and other choral groups take part in one of the six-hour practices for the National President s Day Festival performance.

The Garner Magnet High School Die Meistersingers Choral Ensemble had the experience of a lifetime last week when they showed off their musical skills, performing at a prestigious musical festival in Washington, D.C.

GMHS Choral Director Meredith Clayton said 41 students, who participate in the Garner Magnet High School Die Meistersingers, had the opportunity to participate in the National President’s Day Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The ensemble visited the nation’s Capital from Feb. 18 to 21.

The ensemble performed with five other choirs from across the country. An audience of approximately 2,000 people watched the group sing the John Rutter “Gloria,” and several other masterpieces under the direction of Dr. Andre J. Thomas, a world renowned conductor.

Clayton said the trip is one her students and she will never forget.

“Our experience at the Kennedy Center was life changing,” Clayton said. “Singing in one of the greatest concert halls in our nation is an opportunity I know my students won’t soon forget. They had the incredible chance to work under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas, director of Choral Activities from Florida State University, and they absolutely loved him. They have been working to master the very difficult repertoire he selected since October. I am so proud of each of the students for their hard work, dedication and passion for the art of choral music.”

However, the trip was not all work.

“We toured the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Vietnam and World War II Memorials along with many other memorials,” Clayton said. “We toured the U.S. Capitol Building and saw the Washington Monument. We participated in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington Cemetery. We toured the Smithsonian museum of American History, and took a dinner cruise on the Potomac River. When they weren’t sight-seeing, they were in rehearsals six hours a day at their hotel and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.”

They also had a special visitor on their trip. Scotty McCreery, “American Idol” winner and country music super star, also joined the ensemble on their trip.

“It was also wonderful to have him be able to join us on our four-day trip,” Clayton said. “We appreciate him making Die Meistersingers a priority in his busy schedule.”

Clayton said the musical experiences the students had were the best part of the entire experience.

“I think the students will agree, the best part of this trip was the musical experiences that they gained, and performing at the Kennedy Center,” Clayton said. “Although, the dinner cruise is a close second. They have really bonded as a family, and building those relationships with each other is just as important as the music.”

Click on the link below to see pictures of the Die Meistersingers in Washington DC

Scotty Returns to Idol!

i Just got around to watching American idol from last night Where Ryan announced that Scotty will be Performing on Idol in a few weeks! No word on a date just yet!

No idle time for 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery »

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, left with fake Brad Paisley beard, says it's been great to be touring with Paisley, right. "I'm just a teenage kid who was extremely blessed and who is extremely grateful."
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, left with fake Brad Paisley beard, says it's been great to be touring with Paisley, right. "I'm just a teenage kid who was extremely blessed and who is extremely grateful."
When Scotty McCreery goes on stage opening for Brad Paisley and the Band Perry and thanks the fans, he's not just paying lip service. "A lot of artists can say, 'I love the fans and they're the reason I'm here,' but for me, it's literal," says McCreery in a phone call from Madison, Wis. "They got me where I'm at. So I'm just trying to make them proud." McCreery was the winner of the 2011 "American Idol" competition.
After the win, he performed with the "American Idol" concert tour and just recently joined as one of the openers on Paisley's national tour. He's also still a high school senior who attends Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C., when he's not on the road. "I'm sitting next to my textbook right now," he says. His parents are traveling with him and his mother is a certified high school teacher and coordinates the lessons that teachers back in North Carolina send to their traveling student. "When I'm off the road I'll go back to class in school and I'll be caught up with everybody and all's good," says McCreery.
He says he always knew he wanted to have a career in music. "I didn't know I'd be 18 when all this happened, if it happened at all, but I knew I wanted to do something in music." He says it was Elvis Presley who really sparked his desire to become a performer. "I was an Elvis fanatic growing up. The rest of the kids are listening to pop music that was out and I was the odd man out listening to 'Teddy Bear' and 'Heartbreak Hotel.' That was just me. I don't know why or what caused that, but I think I learned a lot from it and it gave me a deeper appreciation for the old style of music. After that, I really got into the old country, too. Those influences really helped me out."
He says there were some surprises when he made the cut for "American Idol." "You watch the show and you think, 'Oh, they just perform one song and they work on one song all week and you see who makes it, but it is nothing like that. It was seven days a week, all hours of the day, we were working or doing calls or interviews or working on something for the next day that was completely irrelevant to the song you're doing or working on commercials, all kinds of stuff each and every single day. ... Soon as 'Idol' started up I got thrown into the lion's den. I didn't really have time to think about it. I just had to go right in there and do my best."
McCreery says things might have been different had Simon Cowell still been an "American Idol" judge. "Yeah, I don't think he would've liked me. He had a thing about young guys. He's not a fan of country music in general. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about it. I liked the judges this year. Steven Tyler, J. Lo and Andy had a good chemistry. They were funny. They were charismatic and they knew what they were talking about. They've actually worked in the industry, played in bands, so they weren't outsiders looking in."
He says being on the road in a country show is a lot different than being on the "American Idol" tour. "I don't want to say it's laid back in terms of being lazy, but it's laid back in terms of everybody is just having a good time. We're making music and having fun. Whereas on 'American Idol,' we were having fun, but it was stressful. On the 'Idol' tour we were always stressed out." He is, though, treating the tour like an education. He studies longtime star Paisley on stage. "I go out most nights and put on a ball cap and a hoodie and just watch him," says McCreery. "Just picking up different mannerisms and how he works a crowd. I'll hopefully be taking these things away 10 years down the road."
McCreery is currently deciding on college (he's been accepted at three of the four he's applied to so far) and he's trying to keep a level head on his career. "In the country music world today, and just in the world today, you can be doing something and be on top of the world one minute and then a minute later be out of a job. We're not trying to skyrocket to the top and have nowhere to go but down. With 'Idol,' I kinda had that big boost, but now we're trying to pay the dues and work hard, and slowly but surely keep ourselves up. I think with that plan we will be around in five years and making good music."