Wednesday, October 17, 2012

McCreery Christmas CD features LifeWay song

by Jon D. Wilke

NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Christmas in Heaven," a song written by two LifeWay Worship songwriters, is on Scotty McCreery's new Christmas CD.

Christmas in Heaven, by Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson, is one of 11 holiday songs McCreery performs on his second album, "Christmas with Scotty McCreery."

In its first day on the market, Oct. 16, McCreery's CD ranked No. 3, while the LifeWay song stood at No. 124.

LifeWay Worship is a church worship resource provider and song publisher within LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

McCreery came to national fame after winning the 10th season of "American Idol" as well as prestigious industry awards such as New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Best New Artist at the American Country Awards. He also was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011.

"These are exciting days for us at LifeWay Worship," said Craig Adams, manager of creative development and publishing for LifeWay Worship. "[W]e want to generate songs of faith that will last for countless generations. We strive to raise up songs that impact culture for Jesus Christ."

Adams expects Christmas in Heaven to become a new perennial Christmas favorite because of McCreery's talent and the message of the song.

"It's the hope of heaven at Christmas," Adams said.

"For many people, Christmas can be a time of pain," he said. "This could be a song of healing. It comes from the perspective of someone whose loved one has passed away. As the person takes in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season, they wonder what must it be like to celebrate the arrival of Jesus on earth from heaven."

Adams noted, "Great songs always find their way. [Christmas in Heaven] will filter down through other artists, groups, churches, schools and choirs, even into other languages around the world."

McCreery told American Idol that his goal for the Christmas album was to create a body of work that makes people feel good and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

"I just wanted it to be holly and jolly and really lift people's spirits in the Christmas season because it's supposed to be a happy time," McCreery said. "But I also wanted to get across the real reason for the season. Christmas in Heaven is my favorite song on the album and it really speaks to that."

McCreery is slated to appear Oct. 18 on LifeWay Worship's monthly web TV show, "The Choir Room." Viewers can watch the show at

LifeWay Worship's song publishing efforts date back to 2004. Since then the team has worked with artists and songwriters such as Nicole C. Mullen, Aaron Keyes, Brian Free and Assurance, Shelley E. Johnson and David M. Edwards.

Since signing with LifeWay, Johnson's songs have been recorded by Steve Green, Michael W. Smith, Elliott Yamin (American Idol finalist) and Brian Free and Assurance. His music has been featured in more than 200 choral and print projects. Three of his songs were included in the 2008 Baptist Hymnal.

Marino has penned 16 Top 10 singles. He was also named LifeWay songwriter of the year for 2010 and 2011. As a performer, he has sung with the vocal trio River for 20 years, serving as the group's producer, vocalist and primary songwriter.

Together, the songwriting duo worked with LifeWay's Vacation Bible School team to write three of the five songs for the 2013 VBS theme, all performed by Dove Award-winning artist Jamie Grace.

"Without Paul and Jeremy there would be no Christmas in Heaven," Adams said. "They were our first two exclusive songwriters and this was one of the first songs they wrote for LifeWay Worship from their pen."

To learn more about the music ministry of LifeWay Worship, visit

Christmas with Scotty McCreery is available at McCreery's website, iTunes, Amazon and music retail stores across the country.
Jon Wilke is media relations manager for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention

Lyrics to Christmas in Heaven (by Jeremy Johnson/Paul Marino):

December hasn't changed
This town looks the same
They still light that tree in the city square
There's red, white, and green shining everywhere
And I wish you were here
And I wonder—

Is the snow falling down on the streets of gold
Are the mansions all covered in white
Are you singing with angels, "Silent Night"
I wonder what Christmas in heaven is like

There's a little manger scene
Down on Third and Main
I must've walked right by it a thousand times
But I see it now in a different light
'Cause I know you are there
And I wonder

Are you kneeling with shepherds before Him now
Can you reach out and touch His face
Are you part of that glorious, holy night
I wonder what Christmas in heaven is like


Scotty McCreery to be part of CMA Country Christmas

Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and a handful of other country music superstars are set to perform during the third annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ prime time special, scheduled to air on ABC this upcoming holiday season.

Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles will return to host the yuletide extravaganza for the third consecutive year, a gig the singer has held down since the event’s inception in 2010.
“I am so excited to be hosting this year, and I love inviting the audience to get into the spirit of the season by bringing a toy for donation!” an enthusiastic Nettles shares. “It is such a joy to watch this holiday special grow — in not only its talent roster, but moreover in its charitable celebration of the season.”

Martina McBride, Little Big Town, the Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Scotty McCreery round out the group of confirmed country performers, with mainstream superstars John Legend, Colbie Caillat and opera star Katherine Jenkins added to the bill to give some pop flavor to the mostly country music event.

McCreery and Lady A will no doubt debut holiday-themed music from their respective Christmas releases during the annual event, which will also host a charitable toy donation drive. The former ‘American Idol’ winner’s ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery‘ album was released today (Oct. 16), while Lady Antebellum’s ‘On This Winter’s Night’ will hit store shelves and digital retailers next week (Oct. 22).

‘CMA Country Christmas’ will be taped in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 3, just two days after the upcoming CMA Awards ceremony wraps in the same venue. The event will air later in the holiday season on the ABC network.

Dorton homecoming is latest thrill for Scotty McCreery

Click on the link below to see the extended interview

 Raleigh, N.C. — Scotty McCreery came home Monday night to the arena where he attended concerts as a kid. After the first of two sold-out shows at Dorton Arena, McCreery and his band gathered backstage for ribbing and memories. "Oh my goodness, it was incredible," he gushed. "The fans were great. I used to come to concerts here when I was a kid so actually to be on the stage was pretty cool." Bass player Nathan Thomas was the first to speak up about the effect McCreery has on his (mostly female) fans. "I half split my time between looking at which girl is crying and looking at Scotty. It's kind of fun," he said. The American Idol winner, North Carolina State University freshman and self-described "low-key dude" deftly balances his work in the classroom against the duties of a country star. "Today was weird because I had class and then the show," McCreery said. "My mind was all whacked out. I was writing a speech and then, an hour later, I was coming to Dorton Arena to sing. But hey, it was cool by me."  On campus, McCreery says, he is just one of the thousands of students. On stage, it is a whole different world. "As an artist that's the kind of reaction you want," he said of the screaming fans. "It means they're listening to your songs and buying your records, and that keeps me on the road so, you know, it's a good reaction to see. I love it!"

For members of McCreery's band, who have been with him for just about a year, the concerts at the North Carolina State Fair are their second taste of the Garner native's hometown fans. Drummer Joey Sanchez recalled a concert last fall at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek as his initiation to Scotty mania. "We walked out, and there's 18 to 20,000 people just going nuts," Sanchez said. "I've worked for a lot of people that will never have a fraction of the success Scotty's had, and he's more humble than probably anyone I've ever worked with," he added. Each of the band members echoed that impression. "He's the same person on-stage as he is off-stage, and that's really refreshing because a lot of other artists aren't like that," said Justin Ward. "I feel honored to be singing with the guy who won 'American Idol,'" said Jeff Harper. "I mean, what more could you ask for than be to singing backup for that guy?" Guitarist Matt Reviere said McCreery's clean-cut reputation makes him proud to call him a colleague and friend.  "It's really great when you're walking through the airport or something with Scotty and people are recognizing him," he said. McCreery turned the compliments back on the band, calling them "some of the best players around." Clearly, the group enjoys their voyage together. "We all have a sense of humor. Take a ride on our bus one night and you'll see," McCreery said. McCreery's tour manager, Raleigh native Mike Childers, also mentioned the chemistry that keeps them centered. "Scotty is great. His family is great. That goes without saying because of the way he is. The guys are great," Childers said. All are playing and laughing their way along the ride of a lifetime. Childers said he was in the audience when McCreery auditioned for "American Idol." Former contestant Danny Gokey was trying to get the crowd excited, saying, "The next 'American Idol' could be sitting right up in these stands." Childers recalled scoffing at the comment. "And a year later, I'm hanging out with that "American Idol" winner," he said.

Christmas CD recorded in August McCreery also marked the release of his Christmas album Tuesday. "We did this album in the middle of August and it was 110 degrees in Nashville. It was right during a heat wave, and we were singing 'Let it snow' and all kinds of stuff," he said.

 Reporter: Debra Morgan Photographer: Mark Simpson Web Editor: Jodi Leese Glusc

Scotty McCreery Ushers In The Holiday Season with New Christmas Album

Christmas came early this year as releases his new holiday album [VIDEO]

 Interscope Records
Just the name Scotty McCreery makes girls everywhere squeal with joy! And this time, its Christmas joy.
Children’s Hospital Welcomes American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery!
American Idol winner Scotty has the soulful country voice that every one fell in love with during the 10th season in 2011. The 19-year-old announced his new Christmas album Christmas With Scotty McCreery in the summer, and it’s finally out in stores now! Check out the track listing below and go get some of Scotty’s Christmas charm in stores now!
Holly Jolly Christmas
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Mary, Did You Know
The First Noel
Christmas In Heaven” (original)
Christmas Is Coming Around (original)
Winter Wonderland
Jingle Bells
Let It Snow
The Christmas Song
O Holy Night

The McCreery's share tweets from the NC State Fair

Is this a first? Live proposal on stage in Dorton at the concert.

So great seeing all my twitters friends the last 2 nights at the concerts in Raleigh. Thanks for the kind words and support!

 Mike McCreery ‏@MikeMGarner See @ScottyMcCreery in concert, help @linds_elmore and @Mitch_IMightBe get engaged. Then win @ashleymccreery2 a bear! #greatnight

My sweet dad won me this cute bear playing the water guns👍 Any name suggestions?

Virtual Reality Tour with Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley & TBP will perform in Phoenix, AZ

More Info AboutBrad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery

Brad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery

 Wed, Oct 17, 2012 07:30 PM

2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035

About Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion:

Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater. It used to be called Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion, and then it was Cricket Wireless Pavilion. It was renamed Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion in 2011. Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion has about 8,000 reserved seats under a Pavilion roof. About 12,000 more people can enjoy the concerts and shows on the hillside grass. Large video screens assist them with the view. There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather.

Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion Seating Chart

Young Fans show their support for Scotty McCreery tonight

These young girls gathered around the side stage area and were loudly chanting "SCOTTY,SCOTTY" in hopes that he would come back out and see them. They were just to adorable to not take a picture of! They asked me if I would go back stage and "stalk" Scotty for them and make him come out to see them! If only I could!
Even the young girls showed their Scotty enthusiasm by sporting homemade t-shirts at the Dorton 
Arena tonight