Friday, December 6, 2013

Scotty McCreery has what it takes!

Scotty McCreery to perform at A.D. Lewis Auditorium tonight

Scotty McCreery
When: Today at 7:30 p.m.
Where: A.D. Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Robeson Community College
Tickets: Sold out

The long-term success rate of "American Idol" winners is spotty.
For every Carrie Underwood, there's a Taylor Hicks. Winning the singing talent show does not guarantee a years-long career. Dean Severance figures season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will be around for a while. Severance, known as Dean-O to his listeners, is the program director at local country music station WKML.

He said he thinks the 20-year-old Garner native has what it takes. "He has staying power," Severance said.
Today at 7:30 p.m., WKML is sponsoring a McCreery concert in A.D. Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Robeson Community College. The show is sold out.

McCreery won "American Idol" voters over in 2011 with his down-to-earth demeanor, coupled with a powerful singing voice. Severance said he believes McCreery has built a strong fan following in country music by stressing hometown values and professing Christian beliefs.  "There's a big hunger out there for really good kids, and he's a really good guy," Severance said. "When there's somebody who stands out, who has beliefs, who has standards and who lives by them, I think people are drawn to that."

Of course, in the entertainment business, all the good nature in the world doesn't mean a thing without talent. Severance said McCreery has that, in spades.  "See You Tonight," McCreery's latest album and single, are the best things the singer has released in his short career, Severance said.  "To make it, to have staying power, you have to find the right songs that are right for you and that connect with the audience," Severance said. "I think he's figuring that out, and I think as time goes by he's going to get better and better at that."

The sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 52,000. Billboard says he is the second solo male act to debut at No. 1 with his first two albums of original material in 50 years. His first album, "Clear as Day," also was No. 1 two years ago.  The seats for McCreery's concert at A.D. Lewis Auditorium sold out quickly. The venue holds less than 1,000.  Severance said the show should be a fairly intimate evening with a singer whose career would seem to be just beginning. "I think people will feel like they're right on stage with him," Severance said.

Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at or 486-3561.


  1. Love hearing all the good news about Scotty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes he will be around for a longggggggggggggg time. LETS GET THIS CD TO PLATNIUM !!!!!!

  2. Yes he sure does have what it takes!! He has the greatest voice I have ever heard and is a genuine good hearted person. He has the fans who will always support him. I am so proud of this guy. He means the world to me!! Life wouldn't be the same without Scotty's music....FOREVER!! Those who haven't heard his new CD need to get it - it is one awesome CD - u will NOT be disappointed.


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