Sunday, August 5, 2012

Video: American Idol winner Scotty McCreery opens up about his move from small-town teen to country music star


BAY CITY, MI — Since 2011, Scotty McCreery's name has been a mainstay in modern country music. After winning the 10th season of "American Idol," McCreery has captured the hearts of fans nationwide with his deep voice and country charm. McCreery went from being a self-described "average teenager" in the town of Garner, N.C., to a nationally recognized singer after Idol, but he still sees himself as a small-town country boy. On Saturday, McCreery spent the day in Bay City, playing before a massive crowd at the 20th annual Labadie Pig Gig in Bay City's Veterans Memorial Park. The 18-year-old country star spent a few minutes with MLive before Saturday's show, discussing his life since American Idol, what he enjoys about playing in front of smaller towns and his future plans. Read excerpts of that interview here.
 What have you been doing in Bay City since you got into town? I just got in this morning. Earlier, I was shooting a commercial, but since then I've been hanging out, eating ribs and having a good time. There are a lot of cool people here — I had the chance to meet a few of them, and they all seemed nice. And the ribs they brought us were really, really good.
You're the 2011 "American Idol" winner. How would you say your life has changed since you won? It's changed a lot. I went from being an average teenager working at a grocery store in the country, playing music every night and doing what I loved. It's been a huge blessing — I learned a lot of things last year about the industry and about myself. My life has changed, but I think the person I am pretty much stayed the same.
How did your upbringing as an average teenager in the town of Garner, N.C., help shape your career once you came onto the national country music scene? I think it's helped me out a lot as a person. I grew up with a good family, a good church and good morals, and I can't say enough about how great and supportive my hometown has been. It's been fun to tour around the country, but I'll try to take a few days off between shows sometimes to go back home. I couldn't do that with the American Idol tour because I had to get started right away, but this one has been a little more laid back.
Bay City isn't the size of Boston, Chicago or many of the other cities you've traveled to while touring. What's it like to be playing in a smaller town with a smaller venue? I love small towns, because that's where I came from. I can really relate to towns like Bay City. From what I've heard, Bay City has about the population of where I grew up, and performing in places like that is really great. That's where I came from and it's what I'm used to. People out here can't always make it to the bigger cities to see me perform, and so whenever I can I like to come and perform for them.
Who would you say are your major influences, personally and professionally? The people I look up to musically are guys like Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, people like that. They're great guys, and they're really focused on the family. They have good music, but they still have the right set of morals and values and that's where I see myself headed.
Where are you headed in the coming months? Any major plans on the horizon? I'm planning on continuing to work on my music, definitely. I'm going to college (North Carolina State University) in the fall, and I scheduled my classes mostly for Monday and Wednesday so I can reserve Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do as many shows as I can in the fall. It'll be different and I'll have to get used to it, but I think it'll work. We'll see.
How about musically? Have any new albums coming out that your fans should know about? We're releasing a Christmas album this fall, I'm pretty excited about that. I'm working on my second studio album as well, which should be interesting. I love the creative process of making a new record and I'm excited to share it with everyone.
Any final thoughts for the fans who came to see you in Bay City tonight? I just want to say I'm eternally grateful for the support all the fans have given us. I've seen so many people talking about how excited they were for the show in Bay City on Twitter and it's just been great. We're going to give it our best out there. I love you all, and thanks for everything.

American Idol Scotty McCreery draws huge crowd at Labadie Pig Gig in Bay City

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View full sizeScotty McCreery prepares to perform at tonight's 
Labadie Pig Gig concert in Bay City's Veterans Memorial Park. The 2011 American Idol
winner drew a huge crowd.

BAY CITY, MI — American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery drew a huge crowd tonight as the singing star, known for his country good looks and deep voice, took the stage at the 20th annual Labadie Pig Gig in Bay City. MLive Media Group is covering the concert, but because of the large crowd in Veterans Memorial Park, transmitting information via the Internet is difficult. 
In fact, the photo of McCreery included in this post was taken by MLive Media Group photographer Yfat Yossifor, who used her cell phone to photograph the original image off the back of her camera and then texted the photo to Community News Director Rob Clark. Yossifor took the photo prior to tonight's concert while the country crooner answered questions in a candid interview with MLive Media Group reporter Lauren Gibbons.  Check back later to see what McCreery had to say and to see many more photos of tonight's huge event at Pig Gig.


 
View full sizeA huge crowd gathered tonight to see and hear 
American Idol Scotty McCreery perform at the 20th annual Labadie Pig Gig in Bay City.