Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scotty McCreery to perform at Woodmen Community Center Dec. 5

Thu, 7 Nov 2013 03:37:45
One of country music’s hottest young stars — and an Eastern North Carolina native — will soon be making an appearance in Kinston.  Tony Denton, director of sales for New Bern-based country station WRNS, said Scotty McCreery will be coming to town next month.

“Scotty McCreery will be in Kinston on Dec. 5,” he said. “He will be performing at the Woodmen Community Center, and is being brought there by WRNS.”

Denton said further details about the show and how area fans can obtain tickets will be released next Thursday.  McCreery burst onto the country music scene in 2011, when he won the 10th season of “American Idol.” Since his victory, McCreery has released three albums with sales topping 1.6 million.
His first album “Clear as Day” was the top selling solo country album in 2011, and saw him become the youngest man in history to debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
According to his website, the Garner native is currently a sophomore at N.C. State majoring in Communications.

He has 150 shows under his belt so far and has performed for crowds in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, in addition to making appearances at the World Series, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Area fans are ecstatic about the news of McCreery coming to Kinston.  Alaina Seachris of Kinston said she is flying to Texas next week to see McCreery perform in Austin. She will be meeting the country music star, thanks to a friend securing her backstage VIP passes to the show. 

Seachris said she has followed McCreery’s career since his first audition on “American Idol.”
“I was watching the show with my mom and she said, ‘he’s going to win,’ ” she said. “It was funny because my mom is such a big Josh Turner fan, and he sang a Josh Turner song. I’ve been watching since Day 1 when he tried out, and I’ve been a fan of his music ever since.”  Agnes O’Neal said she has also been a McCreery fan for a long time.  “I watched him when he was ‘American Idol,’” the Kinston resident said. “I’ve downloaded a lot of his songs onto my iPod and I would love to see him.”

Noah Clark can be reached at 252-559-1073 or Follow him on Twitter at @nclark763.

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