Friday, April 13, 2012

'American Idol' winner performs to sold out crowd at Trask Coliseum

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Scotty McCreery sang in front of a sold out crowd at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington.

The most recent American Idol winner said he loves performing in front of a crowd from his home state.  "There's nothing like coming home to North Carolina and seeing the fans," said McCreery.  "Hopefully I got some votes from around the country when I was on the show, but I think a big huge part came from North Carolina, so it's always nice to be back here."
Trask Coliseum sold out to about 5,500 tickets.  Some lucky fans were even able to pay for the chance to meet McCreery before the concert.
McCreery said he's spent a lot of time in Wilmington and even cited Johnnie Mercer's Pier when talking about his trips to Wrightsville Beach.  Still, the Azalea Festival is a new experience to him. 
The singer said he is planning on attending NC State University in the fall, at least part time.  He said the plan is to go to school a few days a week and then tour on the weekends.  McCreery said he'd also like to study business or communications since he's getting a daily lesson in music.
As for a girlfriend?
"Right now I'm a busy guy and music is kind of the first priority," said McCreery.  "So that's gotta be put on the backburner for a little bit."
It's a hard reality for an 18-year-old.  Just one year ago, things were heating up for McCreery on American Idol.  Today, he's touring with country super star Brad Paisley and signing autographs for devoted fans.
"Things change fast," said McCreery.  "But we're glad to be here in this position, and we're working hard, and we'll see where life takes us.  What's gonna happen tomorrow?  I don't know."
McCreery appeared on the realty TV show in 2011 and won a record-breaking 122.4 million votes. His album's debut single, "I Love You This Big," became a Top 15 hit and the video hit No. 1 just a week after its release.
Earlier this year, McCreery was named CMA New Artist of the Year, which is based on fan votes.

Concert review: Scotty McCreery at Trask Coliseum | The WAE

Thank you Kathy Sturdevant (413Mom) for e-mailing this article to us!
This is a great review!!

StarNews photo by Jeff Janowski

Scotty McCreery singing onstage at Trask Coliseum for the N.C. Azalea Festival (see gallery) seemed very much to be the same guy backstage answering questions just an hour before. For a high school senior juggling concert dates and touring with Brad Paisley, McCreery is holding it together better than the average citizen; mostly likely, he’s pretty much the same guy as before he became famous.

He opened the show with the rousing “Water Tower Town,” a song clearly reflecting his life growing up in Garner. Filled with energy, he accidentally popped a guitar string on “You Make that Look Good,” a driving song with Chuck Leavell-type piano playing that sounds like a countrified distant cousin to Rod Stewart’s “You Wear it Well.”

McCreery took it in stride, pumping his arms in the air to pump the crowd and shaking his microphone as if playing percussion. McCreery sang as though he’d been touring more than the year he’s been doing since winning “American Idol” a year ago. He also appeared to be a singer still enjoying the ride.

The sold out crowd was a mix of young people, adults and families. For the littler ones it was probably their first real concert. McCreery’s music was dead on for them as he took time between songs to talk about the importance of family, faith and “seeing things from different points of view.” He sang the endearing “Dirty Dishes” where lamented about “bowing heads” and “thanking the Lord for noisy children and slamming doors.”

The crowd cheered him on, especially young ladies. One of them near the stage professed her love for McCreery (and her Twitter account) between songs and sang all the words to them. McCreery’s music about small town life went over well with the crowd. “There’s nothing like coming home,” he said at one point.

McCreery’s hour-plus set didn’t have any slow spots except when he sat on a stool and sang a ballad. In the back someone had a square shaped sign with blinking lights that read: “I Love Scotty This Big,” a direct reference to McCreery’s big hit “I Love You This Big.” The song was one of a handful that really juiced the crowd’s energy, along with the banjo driven “Out of Summertime” whose name dropping of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier in the lyrics drew a roaring response. It was the crowd’s handclap soaked ambiance accompanying “Write My Number on Your Hand” that seemed to really highlight McCreery’s connection to the fans.

McCreery was good at working the crowd and enjoyed moving to the side of the stage close to the crowd. When the girls went nuts and yelled for him he bore a still-surprised smile.

“Life this last year has been insane,” McCreery said. “I’ve been away from my family. Still, it’s good to be in Wilmington tonight.” The band launched into the faith driven “Old King James” and later played the similar title track from his album “Clear As Day.”

McCreery and the band had a few tricks up their sleeve. He introduced the members and then the bass and guitar player leaned into the center microphone delivering opening lines to “Man of Constant Sorrow.” McCreery squeezed in between them to kick off the song. McCreery handled it well, lending a deep throated rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic to a song well known from the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.

“How many girls we got in the crowd tonight?” McCreery asked. There was probably no louder response from the crowd than that. They performed “The Trouble with Girls” and it was by far the big song of the evening. Someone near the stage held a sign that read: “Nobody loves trouble as much as me.”

The singer received a large round of “Scotty! Scotty!” as he left for an encore but returned to the stage to tear it up one last time. McCreery heads to college in the fall with the intention of performing as well. From the show tonight he looks like he can balance it. Based on his performance tonight, and an affinity for older material, McCreery is a singer-musician who looks to bridge styles and audiences.

tweets & pictures from Azalea Festival

Oh hey
Jill Capadanno ‏ @jcapadanno
pic of Scotty McCreery kissing me on the cheek :) #ilovemylife So happy I have so many awesome opportunities #soblessed
Morgan Kline ‏ @mogiekline
Scotty McCreery's tour bus at our gym? Time to see if the voice is as good as it was on tv
Jeremy Godwin ‏ @jergo
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Me and @BWReporter meeting Scotty McCreery!

Picture of the Week: Scotty McCreery Golfs at Augusta

Southern boy Bubba Watson won the Masters in Augusta, Ga. last weekend, and Scotty McCreery recognized his achievement by posting his own picture from the hallowed golf course. Who knew the ‘American Idol’ winner was such a good golfer?
“In honor of @bubbawatson’s big win yesterday, here’s a pic of me on 12 at augusta! I chipped in for my only par! haha,” McCreery tweeted this week. The picture likely comes from the round of golf he played in November. He talked to CMT about the sport shortly before the CMA Awards. He sings, he plays baseball, he golfs — clearly, the high school senior is a triple threat and then some.

Pictures of Scotty McCreery at the baseball game

Scotty McCreery's interview with KRTY 95.3 while in Las Vegas

This was just uploaded onto YouTube April 11th, so I don't think it's been posted on here yet. There's nothing new in it - but hey it's a Scotty video so it doesn't matter if it reveals any new information or not! :)

Scotty McCreery with KRTY 95.3
Credit to: Jennaclarejohnson

Scotty McCreery Please Remember Me video

Scotty's label just put this online today. Scotty did not film a video for the song, It's just the song with the lyrics.

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by ScottyMcCreeryVEVO Music video by Scotty McCreery performing Please Remember Me. (C) 2012 19 Recordings, Inc.