Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scotty McCreery makes $18,000 donation to Nashville youth baseball organization

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 14, 2013 - American Idol winner and rising Country star Scotty McCreery has a heart of gold, as demonstrated through his goodwill and passion for education and sports. In fact, the award-winning singer took part in yesterday's Opening Day and Jackie Robinson Weekend in Music City, sponsored by the local Nashville RBI -- Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.

In addition to throwing the ceremonial first pitch, the 19-year-old college freshman of North Carolina State University made a hefty donation of $18,000 to the organization, whose primary goal is to "provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, to learn and to grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential and realize their dreams."

More than 250 RBI participants (ages 3-12) gathered in Seven Oaks Park (located off Murfreesboro Road) for the day's festivities, including coaches and families.

According the organization's official website, RBI (founded in 1989) stands as a youth outreach program to educate and promote an active interest in baseball. Building self-esteem and encouraging kids to stay in school is at the core of what the founders hoped to achieve. There are currently over 200 cities worldwide that have similar baseball and softball programs, reaching more than 100,000 youth.

Major League baseball player John Young was originally at the helm, founding the nonprofit in South Central Los Angeles. Designed to encourage participation in baseball, the program also strives to provide boys and girls with a sense of positive team-oriented goals to keep them off the streets. In 1991, Major League Baseball assumed the administration control over RBI. Initially, the MLB assisted in raising funds and finding start-up grants for the programs around the world. Now, each chapter is responsible for raising its own funds.


Scotty McCreery Grad Bash Concert at Dave & Busters

SCOTTY MCCREERY  Saturday, April 13, 2013
@ Dave & Busters Opry Mills in Nashville, TN
Contributed by: Jeff Kurtis
Photos by: Dennis Hoy

There is really no need to even introduce who Scotty McCreery is to anyone at this point. The Season Ten winner of American Idol has more than conquered letting everyone know who he is through his hit singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” and his many many appearances on television since winning the show.

However, he is now ready to get back into the swing of things and make the leap from his debut album into his sophomore effort and if his latest single “See You Tonight,” is any indication of what to expect from it, then we haven’t heard anything from Scotty McCreery yet.

To give his fans just a teaser of the new while mixing in their favorite hits and a few well placed covers as well, McCreery spent this beautiful Saturday afternoon playing a free show dubbed as the “Grad Bash” at popular hotspot Dave & Busters in Opry Mills Mall for a packed, and I mean packed house.

To the screams of the many females in the crowd McCreery hit the stage opening his 9 song acoustic set with the foot-tapping “Walk In The Country” and quickly followed it with “Water Tower Town” showing off his small town roots from the get go as he got everyone clapping and dancing along.

He paused for the first time in his set to interact with the crowd and congratulate the graduates on hand and then joked about how he remembered his high school graduation all those years ago before he introduced the next song in his set as his first single to radio. 

This is a great article and a little lengthy as well (lol) so I've only posted a small portion of it.  Click on the link below to read the full article and see a slideshow of pictures from Scotty's performance, as well.

Scotty McCreery’s ‘See You Tonight’ Set To Be His First Top 10 Hit? - Review

Scotty McCreery is known for his catchy feel-good love songs, and this song is certainly no exception. ‘See You Tonight’ is his first non-Holiday single since ‘Water Tower Town’ last year, and it’s been long overdue. The direction they appear to be going in with this is one that takes influence from Luke Bryan, and seeing as Scotty is still lacking a top 10 country hit under his belt, I can’t blame them for wanting to follow in the footsteps of the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.

‘See You Tonight’ is more country pop than Scotty’s previous releases, but his trademark deep country drawl is still evident, gliding over the top of mandolins and guitars that are held together by a solid drum beat. This song screams summer, and that’s clearly what they’re aiming for, even including a little mandolin instrumental at the end, punctuated by gentle guitar licks and a tinkering of piano. It’s built from simple chords, sweet-sounding verses, and rockier elements to pack the chorus with a punch.

Lyrically it’s a love song, that beginning-of-relationship type that is so popular in country, highlighting all the possibilities for the future. It’s fairly youth-orientated in its approach, and will appeal to Scotty’s fanbase of teenage girls, and just about manages to escape the feeling of generic that often haunts this type of song. I’m not sure if it’ll reach number one; that accolade tends to be shared around the biggest artists, and a few novelty smash hits. However, what I am sure of is that this song will put Scotty back on the map for a lot of people. I’m hoping for a more regular output of singles that’ll see Scotty rise up the radar, and with the right promotion among its target audience, ‘See You Tonight’ should reach the top 10. It certainly follows musical trends in country, reaches the youth market, and is catchy, sweet and summery enough to have a good few months.

I’m hoping that his new album will have more traditional sounds on there as well, but ‘See You Tonight’ is a great way to kick things off and I wish Scotty the best of luck.


Scotty McCreery Chats With Drew Backstage At The ACMs!

Click on the link below to listen to US 99.5's interview with Scotty at the ACM Awards Show


drew125-new2 Reporting Drew Walker

Am I the only one who didn’t know that Scotty was almost drafted by the White Sox?
Listen as we chat about that, what he’s doing on his bus when he really should be focusing on homework, who’s tweeted him that he was “Vegas” stalking” during the weekend and much more!

Carrie Underwood vs. Scotty McCreery – The Showdown

Carrie Underwood Scotty McCreery
Ethan Miller / Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Carrie Underwood fans got an early jump on Luke Bryan fans last Friday and never let up through the weekend. ‘See You Again’ took 59 percent of the Showdown vote against ‘Crash My Party’ during a weekend-long song battle that brought more people to the polls than any Showdown in months. Today’s battle of ‘American Idol’ winners promises to be one of the most voted-on… ever.

Scotty McCreery released his new song ‘See You Tonight’ last week. The first single from an upcoming new album is his songwriting debut. It will hit radio this spring, but fans are already giving it two thumbs up. Today’s contest is a battle of McCreerians vs. Care Bears, and it begins right now!

Listen to clips of both Underwood and McCreery’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Wednesday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Wednesday.

 Click on the link below to vote