Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scotty McCreery Eyes More Christmas Albums in His Future

Country Star Talks Holiday Favorites, Keith Urban on 'Idol,' and Next Studio Album: "I'm trying to put my own stamp on it"

by Chuck Dauphin, Nashville  

Usually, an artist will wait a few years before putting out a Christmas album. But not Scotty McCreery, who has just released the Yuletide platter "Christmas With Scotty McCreery." In a new interview with Billboard, the singer said he's "pumped" to have the album out. "A lot of artists have to wait until later in their career before they release one. I'm excited."

He admits he came close to recording the album in 2011 -- on the heels of his "American Idol" win. "We had talked about doing this last year, when we released the first album. It got put on the back burner, and started talking about it again for this year. The label was behind it, I was behind it. It's my favorite time of the year, and my favorite holiday, so it just seemed right. Doing it this early in my career also gives us some options. If I wanted to put out volume two or volume three ten years later, we could."

McCreery found inspiration in many holiday albums, but admits there is one particular classic that holds a special place in his heart. "My favorite Christmas album growing up was Elvis's Christmas Album," he said, singling out "Blue Christmas" as his favorite. "When that song comes on, it's Christmas time. Also, 'Santa Claus Is Back In Town.' That was my second favorite song, and we were able to put that on our album. It was pretty cool to be able to channel the 'King' as we recorded it."

One cut on the disc that has a deep personal meaning to the singer is "Christmas In Heaven," which brought to mind someone very special.

"That's by far my favorite song on the record. I was actually writing a song a little bit like that about my grandfather before that song got sent to me. When you find the right song, you just have to go with it. I heard it, and I didn't have to listen to the first verse before I said 'This one's going on the record. It's just a powerful song that's got a great message to it. It touched me when I heard it, and hopefully  - if people are missing someone at Christmas, it will touch them as well."

Already hard at work on his next studio album, he says he is trying to get more involved in the writing process. "I'm actually trying to to put my own stamp out there, so people can see what I'm about," he said. "I think the first album was a good representation of me, and I'm proud of it. But, I think it was definitely rushed."

As an "Idol" winner, he laughs when asked how he feels when fans want to discuss the FOX hit with him. "I embrace it," he said. "I think as an artist, it's important for me to grow and move on from that, to get focused on Nashville, and the industry, but I would never shy away from where I came from or how I got here. I think it's cool. I think it will be interesting to see Keith Urban out there in the middle of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. It will be interesting to see how he handles that."

On the business end, the North Carolina native has just inked a commercial endorsement deal with the Bojangles fried chicken chain. He admits he didn't need a lot of convincing. "I've been endorsing Bojangles since I was a young kid. They just don't know it. I've been going there, and eating their chicken for many years now. I'm excited to be a part of their team and to get to support and promote them. Hopefully, we can get them to go nationwide, because they are only on the east coast. When I'm touring out west, I miss it. It's a great company with great people, and they have great fried chicken. I'm glad to be a part of them."


Tickets for Scotty McCreery's Harrah's Cherokee Resort Concert


Harrah's Cherokee Resort tickets for Sat., December 15th
These are great floor seats and the only ones left at this price!!!

If you are interested in purchasing them please send an e-mail to: lucad_99@yahoo.com

Scotty McCreery Harrah's Cherokee Resort Event Center, Cherokee, NC Sat, Dec 15, 2012 07:30 PM

Ticket Information

Section 101 Row G Seats 3

Section 101 Row I Seats 3

Scotty Added to Line-up for ‘Christmas in Rockefeller’

Scotty McCreery will be on hand during the ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ television special to help ring in the Christmas season. The ‘American Idol’ champion will appear as part of a star-studded lineup, which includes fellow crooner Trace Adkins, as well as Mariah CareyCee Lo Green and others.
McCreery was just added to the list of celebs who will appear on the special holiday program, which will air on NBC on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 8PM ET.
Of course, McCreery’s signature baritone voice will be one highlight of the special, but the main show will be the lighting of the nearly 80-foot Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. A tree has been placed at the same spot in New York City since 1933, the year the tradition began when it was lit up with 700 lights. In 1951, NBC began televising the lighting of the tree. Today, it takes more than 30,000 lights to decorate the tree each year, according to CBS News.
Garth BrooksKenny ChesneyCarrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts have all performed during previous ‘Christmas in Rockefeller’ specials. This year, McCreery and Adkins will represent country music during the annual television airing.
The gig is a perfect fit for the ‘Water Tower Town’ crooner, who is currently promoting his holiday record, ‘Christmas with Scotty McCreery.’ Plus, the Rockefeller Center special can help prepare the young country star for his own Christmas special on GAC. The television program ‘Christmas with Scotty McCreery and Friends’ will air on Saturday, Dec. 1.


Christmas With Scotty McCreery marks a high point in his already remarkable career

Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery's first Christmas album, fittingly titled Christmas With Scotty McCreery, marks a high point in the American Idol's already remarkable career. After reaching No. 1 and going platinum earlier this year with his debut album, Clear as Day, McCreery lends his rich baritone to the Christmas songs he loved growing up in North Carolina. Produced by Mark Bright, who's famous for capturing Carrie Underwood's signature sound, "Let It Snow" and "Mary Did You Know?" stand out among the album's 11 tracks. You can catch McCreery on the CMA Country Christmas special on ABC on Dec. 20.


Scotty McCreery will perform for QDR's Country for Kids at the DPAC

QDR Country For Kids Concert

Nov 27, 2012 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Kix Brooks, Scotty McCreery, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Gloriana and Jason Michael Carroll
Live Performances From 6 of Country's Best!

Curtis Media Group announces the addition of a charity concert, dubbed “Country for Kids,” to the eleventh annual N.C. Children’s Promise Radiothon/Telethon. All proceeds from this event will benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Presented by 94.7 QDR, Country for Kids will feature live performances from six artists: Kix Brooks, Scotty McCreery, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Gloriana and Jason Michael Carroll. The concert event will be the celebratory culminations of a day full of miraculous stories being broadcast live from the N.C. Children’s Hospital lobby on nearly 20 Curtis Media Group radio stations and Time Warner Cable’s News 14 Carolina as part of the N.C. Children’s Promise Radiothon/Telethon, UNC Health Care’s largest fundraising event each year.