Thursday, January 31, 2013

American Idol: The Education of Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery: He's going to Disney World -- and to college, as well.

Stay in school, don’t quit your day job. Those are two clich├ęs favored by people giving advice to youngsters interested in creative pursuits. And Scotty McCreery is heeding those warnings—despite having a music career that’s already in full bloom.

The 19-year-old singer won American Idol the year before last, scoring a record deal worth $250,000. His debut album, Clear As Day, came out in October 2011 and quickly earned platinum certification in the U.S. He toured with Brad Paisley and the Band Perry, sang the national anthem at a World Series game, released a Christmas album and pulled in an estimated $4 million last year.

But even as he begins his first solo tour, McCreery is continuing his college education. He’s entering his second semester as a Communications major at North Carolina State University, where he attends class every Monday through Wednesday. Starting in February, however, he’ll soon be heading out of town to play shows on his Weekend Road Trip Tour at the end of each week.

“This window of opportunity is only here once,” says McCreery. “Once it’s gone, it’s gone. So I wanted to make sure I got this experience [of touring] and got the chance to go to college. It’s not really for me, personally, about learning all the chemistry formulas or anything like that. I don’t really need that. But it’s more about the experience and becoming a lifelong learner.”

By working towards his degree, McCreery is following the footprints left by some of his country idols. He points out that some of the genre’s most celebrated artists attended college: Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley—“a lot of the guys that I look up to”—and that the knowledge accumulated at school should help him as he continues his music career.

McCreery also says he’s socking away as much cash as he can. While his gross earnings may look gaudy at $4 million, that number shrinks drastically after American Idol and any other managers, agents and lawyers, not to mention Uncle Sam, take their cut. McCreery probably pockets only one-fifth of the aforementioned sum at most.

“That’s why my parents and everybody else around me keeps telling me to save,” he says. “It’s all about what you keep, not what you make.”

Though McCreery’s career seems to be on very solid footing, music is a volatile business, and having other skills—and cash—to fall back on could serve him well should his progress as an artist stall. Whether it’s Dr. Dre launching a headphone line or a journeyman rocker teaching guitar lessons on the side, successful musicians of all earning levels have been finding that the key to financial stability is becoming a jack of multiple trades
Any entrepreneurial acumen picked up on campus could certainly help augment his earnings if his rise continues. It seems McCreery already has a few such goals in mind, inspired by the success of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar And Grill.
“I’ll tell you what, we could open up restaurants like that or something,” says McCreery. “I don’t know if it’d be a bar and grill, but it’d be something cool. Or maybe something sports-minded … we’ll see, down the road. If something comes up, we’ll jump at it.”

'Idol' winner Scott McCreery playing the Rapids Theatre Feb. 15

Niagara Gazette — Platinum-selling recording artist and Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery launches his first headline tour — Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 on Valentine’s Day. The tour will stop in over 25 venues across the country through May. Sixteen dates of the tour have been announced with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Niagara Falls is right at the top of the list as McCreery is set to play the Rapids Theatre on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are $27.50 advance or $35 the day of the show.
"I've been lucky enough to play a lot of great cities over the last year with Brad Paisley and some other great country artists,” explains McCreery. “This time I get to play some new places with a show that's all my own. I can't wait for my fans to see what we've lined up for them on my Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013."
The tour will feature hits like “The Trouble With Girls,” “Water Tower Town” and “I Love You This Big” from McCreery's #1 Billboard debut album Clear As Day, as well as, a few classic covers. McCreery also plans to give his fans a sneak peek at some new music coming soon from his sophomore album scheduled for release later this year on 19/Interscope/Mercury Records.
The Academy of Country Music's reigning New Artist of the Year says the concept for this Tour was born from what's going on in his life at the moment. "Right now, I'm balancing my music career with my second semester at North Carolina State University. I go to school early in the week and get to play my music every weekend. So, calling this tour the Weekend Roadtrip Tour just made sense. Plus, what college student doesn't love a good roadtrip?"
McCreery has invited fellow country artist and Black River Entertainment's own Sarah Darling to open all shows on the tour. Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos - "Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me".
World Vision will be the charitable sponsor for the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013. The 63 year-old humanitarian organization is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
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Scotty McCreery talks Bojangles with Shannon Smith

It seems you see Scotty McCreery just about every where these days – on stage performing with big country music stars, returning to his roots by appearing on this season’s Charlotte episode of American Idol, singing on ESPN Game Day, and even in Bojangles commercials.
“So, it’s been really cool. I’ve gone there my whole life and grown up eating chicken, so for me to be part of that company… it’s a really cool thing,” McCreery said.
McCreery says now that he’s a freshman at NC State, he’s balancing being a country music singer and a student.
“I don’t think my professors really care about my outside life. Outside class, they may know about me or listen to themusic, but inside class they don’t give me any benefits – which is good. I want to get by on my own in college,” McCreery said.

Scotty McCreery to perform at Count Basie Theatre & AEG Live

Scotty McCreery
Tickets On Sale to The Public Friday 2/1 at Noon
Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:00 PM
Presented by: Count Basie Theatre and AEG Live

Tickets: $55, $45, $39.50, $29.50
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America fell in love with Scotty in 2011 when he appeared on American Idol and immediately made a name for himself with his deep and undeniably country voice, strong sense of self, small—town roots, and unwavering integrity and conviction. In May, he won Season Ten of American Idol when a record—breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale and nearly 39 million people tuned in to see the winner’s name announced. The album’s debut single, “I Love You This Big,” became a Top 15 hit and enjoyed the highest—charting debut for a new artist since at least 1984, while the video for the song hit No. 1 in just a week after its release. He recorded his debut album while starring in the American Idols Live! Tour, which Pollstar ranked as one of the nation’s Top 15 tours.
With Special Guest Sarah Darling

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Scotty McCreery Fox 8 Interview

I found this on Idol Forum and thought I would post it here for everyone to see!

Mary McDonald‏@MaryMcDonald16
@ScottyMcCreery on fox 8 news tomorrow night at 10! Country star and ncsu student #holla