Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scotty McCreery Leadership Retreat

Meredith Clayton ‏ @mereclayton2
Hope all my students have fun at the #Asheboro2012 leadership retreat this weekend! The last night is the best!! & the scavenger hunt

Amanda Hulmes ‏ @abhulmes

Scotty McCreery videos from Azalea Festival

Scotty - Old King James & Check Yes or No
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Scotty-Write My Number On Your Hand
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Scotty McCreery- Water Tower Town & You Make That Look Good
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Scotty McCreery-I Love You This Big-Wilmington, NC-04/13/12
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NC native Scotty McCreery plays to sold-out crowd at Trask Coliseum

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Native of Garner, North Carolina with a bass voice that melts teen girls across the country, Scotty McCreery performed to a sold-out crowd at Trask Coliseum.

Scotty sang his first single "I Love You This Big" and several other hits from his debut album, clear as day.
We caught up with Scotty before he took the big stage.

“I've been on the road now for a while and I did the American Idol tour and I’m on tour with Brad Paisley right now and the Band Perry,” McCreery said. “We're getting to go to a lot of cool places and see some nice things and stuff but there's nothing like coming home to North Carolina in front of the home state and seeing the fans."

Scotty started singing at the young age of three. He says he hopes he can continue singing for the rest of his life.

Scotty McCreery backstage before the show

Backstage Scotty McCreery wore cowboy boots and jeans and a cross around his neck. The singer also smiled a lot, as if still amazed at all the attention. He couldn’t have been more relaxed and down home as he was asked questions about the current season of American Idol, touring with Brad Paisley and attending NC State in the fall.

McCreery said that playing shows and attending college would definitely be a balancing act but he was looking forward to it. “It’s going to be a challenge. Right now we’re looking at a two day, three day schedule. A lot of shows on weekends, off days when I’m not in school.”

McCreery intimated that Paisley was a good role model to emulate, that touring with Paisley he’s seen that you don’t have to change to be a success. Asked about his fast ball he said it was around 80 mph, that he was more of a finesse pitcher and that he wasn’t likely to be a walk-on pitcher at college. In between taking pictures with female fans the singer also recorded a few local radio introductions.

I asked McCreery a few questions about school, recording his album “Clear as Day” and memorable performances.

What are you interested in studying at NC State?

Right now its either business marketing or communications. Something that can help me with what I’m doing but not necessarily be music because I’m in music class every day now. Especially with Brad. Brad’s the man. He’s the top of the top.

When you recorded your album was there pressure to do certain things or did you have free reign?

I think I knew what I wanted to record. I think I knew the songs I could record. A lot of Nashville songs nowadays people are writing about are bar scenes and the drinking, going out there doing a lot of crazy stuff and that’s not me. I’m eighteen. One, I can’t sing about it and two, I don’t want to because it’s not me. We had a lot of cool songs pitched to us and I think that shows on the record and I’m looking forward to the second, see what we get on there.

Any thoughts about doing a gospel record?

Gospel record, yeah, down the road. We’re hoping. I’m going to try on my records, “old King James” is on this record. A lot of guys in country music they’ll have their one gospel song, or their one song with that message, the very last song of the album. We’re going to try and continue that tradition. Who knows, if I’m still in the game few years down the road, a few albums under the belt.

You’ve performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the World Series. What’s your most memorable performance?

The Opry is always up there, because it’s the Opry. Its tradition, it’s the biggest stage in country music. But for me, the World Series is incredible. I’m a baseball guy. I’m a baseball nut. To be there and be able to watch the game for one, but to be able to sing at it too, I couldn’t think of a better spot for me to sing.