Monday, March 19, 2012

Garner Class of 2012 Bulletin Board

Tyler White ™ ‏ @White_Tee33
Garner class of 2012 bulletin board

Garner Water Tower to be featured on CBS primetime

From Garner Chamber of Commerce site:

Message from Judy McCreery, "American Idol Mom"

Just wanted to share something exciting with you. You probably heard Scotty has been nominated for Academy of Country Music (ACMs) new artist, along with Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes.
Each nominee will perform for 1.5 mins during the awards show on CBS, April 1st at 8pm. The show will be in Las Vegas.

Scotty is singing Water Tower Town. We asked Scotty’s manager to contact Ken Hall to get a Garner water tower picture to show as Scotty’s backdrop. The picture, which will be shown behind Scotty while he sings, is below at the bottom of this email.

So, in a nutshell, Garner will be on CBS April 1st (even if only for 1 and a half minutes!) Not sure of the time, and not sure how long the picture will actually be displayed, but the show is live and will begin airing at 8pm.

Scotty McCreery solo performance at the Mayo Performing Arts Center

2011 American Idol Champion Scotty McCreery

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8 pm
GC Prem A B C
$87 $77 $67 $57 $47
Tickets on sale date:
Members: Thursday, March 22
Public: Friday, March 23

America fell in love with Scotty McCreery from the moment he stepped on stage on American Idol to when he was crowned the 2011 champion. Scotty performs music from his debut album Clear as Day, which showcases his deep and undeniably country voice, his natural warmth and his charm that won him the votes of millions of fans across the country.

Scotty developed his unique way of looking at things while growing up with older sister Ashley in a musical household in Garner, N.C. By age 3, he was singing “The Muffin Man” to anyone who would listen, and a few years later he was repeating the words of those around him in a song. His father, a senior manufacturing systems analyst, and his mother, a real estate agent and teacher, sang in the church choir, as did their children.

His grandmother gave Scotty a book on Elvis Presley when he was in pre-school, so Scotty began walking and talking like The King. His mother listened to artists such as Conway Twitty while driving, and Scotty quickly fell in love with those sounds. He still vividly remembers his first country concert, a show featuring George Strait, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack.

He began guitar lessons at age 10 and was so hooked that he started sleeping with the instrument. “I would wake up and have my guitar and my friends would be sleeping,” he says. “They would give me a look and I’d be like, ‘All right,’ and put the guitar down so they could go back to sleep. But they were really accepting of it. They would say, ‘Learn this song,’ and I would play it for them. When we became teenagers, we would drive around listening to ‘Your Cheating Heart’ and ‘Okie From Muskogee.’”
Scotty sang in his school choirs since elementary school, including the high school group that travels nationally and consistently wins competitions. His voice dropped dramatically when he was about 13. “I didn’t notice a difference, but my mom said it fell off a cliff,” he says. “There was no real cracking.”
He performed locally at Christmas events and at Bullfeathers Restaurant. His rendition of label mate Jamey Johnson’s hit “In Color” helped him win Clayton Idol and gave him the confidence to perform more frequently in public.

His parents, as well as his chorus teacher, believe something else gave Scotty the confidence to perform in public – pitching baseball. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a baseball pitcher, Scotty learned to pitch at an early age. “When you are a pitcher, all eyes are on you,” says his mother, Judy. “You have to be focused and able to handle pressure.” It turns out that Scotty is as pitch-perfect on the mound as he is onstage: in his last varsity high school game, he pitched a complete shut-out and struck out nine batters.

He continued that winning streak on the stage of American Idol, where he became the youngest male winner and the only country male winner in the show’s history. He’s now eager to take the next step of his country music career with the release of his debut album, which comes the same week as his 18th birthday. But it turns out that he’s already received the best birthday present possible: the support of people across the nation who’ve made it clear as day that they love both the music and the young man.
“I am so grateful to all of the fans out there because we’ve been on this journey together,” he says. “They are the reason I am where I am; they voted me through. Hopefully with this album we can continue this journey and see where it takes us.

“Performing on tour has really taught me a lot,” he says. “We have different crowds and different responses that always keep it fresh. It’s showing me that this is what I want to do forever. I thrive on this and I’m really enjoying it. Hopefully I can do this for the rest of my life.”

Voting How to Guide

Seems like a lot of McCreerians are having a hard time voting. Hopefully this post can help out some.

Step 1: Go to You will then see the screen below.

Step 2: Sign in OR Sign up. For the first day, you will fill out the form you see below. After you click sign up, you may need to refresh the page.

To know that you are signed in, the blue words on the right side of the page should look like the picture below:

Step 3: Vote! Scroll down past category one (or put in a vote for Entertainer of the Year) to see Brantley, Hunter and Scotty.

Step 4: Submit. Type in the verification code and click submit vote.

After voting, you should get a screen that says thanks for voting. I had already voted by the time I created this so I wasn't able to capture the screen picture. It will be a pop up on the screen that says something like 'Thank You. Every vote matters'. If you are unsure if you've voted, try signing in again. I did and I immediately saw this:

IMPORTANT- You can only vote ONCE A DAY per COMPUTER. The site will track your computer and even if you create another account, it will harm Scotty's votes in the end. Rather, spread the word getting your family and friends to create accounts and vote on their computers.

Most importantly, remember to vote each and every day and to spread the word. Make sure to watch the special tonight on GAC and the ACMs on April 1!

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions and hopefully someone, somewhere knows the answer :)

Scotty McCreery again seeking fan votes

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GARNER -- Scotty McCreery is again hoping that his fans will come through for him in a national voting contest. Starting today at noon, voting began online for the Academy of Country Music’s “New Artist of the Year” Award. Scotty, the 18-year-old Garner High School senior, is one of three finalists competing for the prize. The winner will be announced live on the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1 on CBS. “The fans have been great to me when it comes to getting down and voting,” Scotty said in an interview last month. Scotty won the 10th season of the fan-voted “American Idol” last May. In December, he received his first award from the music industry – top new artist at the American Country Awards. That award, too, was selected by fans. Scotty got a heads-up in advance that he was going to win that award. When his name was announced, the curtain opened to reveal him performing. “The last one they told me the day before,” he said. “This one I won’t find out until the actual moment they announce it.” Scotty is competing against fellow country newcomers Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes. Fans can vote at

Also up for fan vote is “Entertainer of the Year,” from nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Fans can vote once a day. Scotty, who toured with Paisley during the winter, is back in Garner for a while. The tour will start back in the summer. Until then, Scotty is playing baseball at Garner High and getting ready to graduate. He’ll likely be making a trip to “Idol” to perform this season. In some ways, Scotty said, it’s hard to believe it was just a year ago that he was performing on “Idol” each week on his way to the title. So much has happened since then, from his platinum first album and two gold singles through the “Idol” and Paisley concert tours. “It’s cool to look back,” he said, “but we’re also looking ahead to a big 2012.”

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Scotty McCreery on NC golf magazine cover

Thank you Kathy mom413 for sharing this link with Fansofscotty.
This is a rather lengthy article about Scotty in the Carolina's Golf Magazine. Scotty's picture is on the front page and the article starts about page 9.

Scotty and Mike McCreery got a chance to play at Augusta National last November

Scotty and his sister Ashley, circa 1997, look on as Mike putts

Scotty McCreery’s magical year
February 2011 Starts weekly performances on American Idol’s 10th season.
May 2011 Is declared the Idol winner.
Summer 2011 Headlines the “American Idols Live!” concert tour.
October 2011 Celebrates his 18th birthday and the release of his first CD, Clear As Day, with a homecoming concert in Raleigh.
October 2011 Gets gold record for his first single, “I Love You This Big.”
October 2011 Clear As Day debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart and sets numerous
superlatives, including youngest male artist in history to hit No. 1 with a debut album.
October 2011 Sings the National Anthem before the first game of the World Series.
November 2011 Plays Augusta National Golf Course with his father, Mike, while in Augusta for a charity concert.
November 2011 Performs in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
November 2011 Clear As Day certified as gold album.
December 2011 Named “Top New Artist” at the American Country Awards.
January 2011 Clear As Day certified as platinum album.
January 2011 Begins tour with Brad Paisley.

Here's your chance to win an authentic Scotty McCreery Baseball Jersey

Here's the response I got from Todd Jones - so if you don't live in or near Garner you can still purchase tickets.

Hey Donna....right now they can contact me or send money to my address
Todd Jones
772 Hadrian Dr
Garner, NC 27529

we did not establish a pay pal account....
if folks wanted to send me their info I would complete the ticket for them and take a photo of it and email it back to them

I have sent an e-mail to Todd Jones asking if there is any way people that do not live in Garner can purchase the tickets. If I hear back from him I will update this post. Donna

Garner Trojans ‏ @garnertrojans
WIN YOUR AUTHENTIC SCOTTY MCCREERY BASEBALL JERSEY $5 per raffle ticket with all proceeds benefiting Garner...

Garner Trojans

$5 per raffle ticket with all proceeds benefiting Garner Trojan Club
Do not have to be present to win, winning ticket will be drawn May 4th, 2012 and winner will be contacted directly (and posted on ) Autographed Jersey as pictured comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Tickets available through any board member, baseball concessions and Athletic Director Doc Harrell. For Questions email Todd Jones at