Friday, July 12, 2013

McCreery enthusiastic about performing at Hall County Fair


By Sarah Schulz sarah.schulz@theindependent.com
Posted:  07/05/2013 10:10 PM
  
Scotty McCreery — the young country star with the amazingly deep voice — is looking forward to his first trip to Grand Island.  The 19-year-old, who will perform next Friday at the Hall County Fair, said he enjoys live performances.  “Everyone is having a good time,” McCreery said. “I can see the crowd smiling, dancing and singing along with me. It hypes me up. Singing live is a rush, seeing people have fun. When I’m in the studio, I’m thinking about the live audience.”  Taking the stage at a county fair also reminds him of his roots.
“It has a home feel for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.”  McCreery grew up in Garner, N.C., which has a population of about 25,000, he said.  “It’s a big small town,” he said.

McCreery, who grew up singing in school choirs and at church, also enjoyed pitching for his baseball team. He grew up around  country music, listening to country classics with his mother, who is a Hank Williams and Conway Twitty fan. When he was just a preschooler, his grandmother also introduced him to the music of Elvis Presley.  “He had rock, country and gospel influences in his music,” McCreery said of Presley. “He’s a cool cat to listen to.”

Audiences were introduced to McCreery’s distinct voice when he was featured on “American Idol,” ultimately winning the competition. The then 16-year-old auditioned in Milwaukee and showcased his vocal range and deep speaking voice.  “I tried out not expecting to make it past the first round,” he said. “I was just asking for a chance and was lucky to make it to the live rounds.”

According to his biography, he had been singing since he was a toddler and doing well in local competitions when his voice dropped dramatically at about age 13.  “I didn’t notice a difference, but my mom said it fell off a cliff,” he said. “There was no real cracking.”  In 2009, he won “Clayton Idol,” a North Carolina competition modeled after the national TV show, and performed in showcases around his hometown.  “That was fun,” he said. “It was my first real experience outside of churches.”  On “American Idol,” he impressed the judges with his voice and his confidence and soon found himself performing live on national TV.

In May 2011, when he was 17, McCreery became the youngest person to win “American Idol.” He was also the first male country singer to earn the title. According to his biography, a record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale, and nearly 39 million people tuned in to see the winner announced.
His first album, “Clear as Day,” premiered in 2011 at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies in three months. It has since gone gold.

His quick rise to the top of the charts earned him entry into the Guinness World Records Book for being the youngest male to enter the U.S. album charts at No. 1. The album includes his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” which he sang on the “American Idol” finale, and the songs “Clear as Day,” “Out of Summertime,” “Write My Number on Your Hand” and “You Make That Look Good.”

He released “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” in 2012 and is working on another studio album.
In the last two years, he has performed before the president, at the World Series and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was named the Top New Artist by Billboard magazine and won Best New Artist awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Awards.
His current single, “See You Tonight,” is one he co-wrote. He said he enjoys writing songs but didn’t have a chance to get any of his own work on his first album. When it comes to penning a song, the teen said he draws on everyday life and his own experiences. He also collaborates with others to see what does and doesn’t work.

McCreery is currently on a “weekend tour” that began in January and will wrap up this fall. He has been attending North Caroline State University, majoring in communications. He goes to class during the week and performs on the weekends, sometimes with other country acts such as Dierks Bentley.
He hopes that his young age and his exposure on “American Idol” might be bringing new fans to country music.

“That’s the goal of any artist, to bring in new fans,” McCreery said.

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3 comments:

  1. They hit the spot on that one they got everything right all the facts thanks Donna.

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  2. Great article, he has come a long way and the love he shows for his family, his fans, band members and everyone that works with him on his tours and his just that young guy that is being himself and during idol that's exactly what he said and that is why he is where he is today he has stayed in his lane. Randy Jackson told him on idol he was proud of him because he has been himself COUNTRY and that is Scotty. We are right there with him. Very proud of this young man, very mature for his age and HE IS THAT ONE IN A MILLION Country Artist that we all Love to hear that voice with his songs. He sings them like no other. Proud of you Scotty, you go out there and nail it tonight!!!!!!

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  3. He is AMAZING and has accomplished soooo much and still sooo much more to accomplish in his young life. HE IS THE ONLY ONE I Love to listen to. ILYTB SCOTTY MCCREERY !!!!!

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