Thursday, September 19, 2013

Scotty McCreery to perform post-game concert Friday, Sept. 27 at Turner Field

Country star will donate to the Braves' local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program

Season Ten American Idol winner and Platinum-selling country artist Scotty McCreery will close out his six-city Major League ballpark tour at Turner Field on Friday, Sept. 27. In a free post-game set, fans will have the first opportunity to see and hear McCreery perform new music off his upcoming Oct. 15 album release, See You Tonight.

Prior to performing, McCreery will donate $5,000 to the Braves' local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program during a special on-field presentation. The Junior Braves/RBI Youth Baseball League presented by Delta Air Lines offers youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to play baseball. Teams are formed in underserved neighborhoods where recreation programs are most needed. McCreery will also lead the pregame Chop Rally in Fan Plaza as well as sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.

After winning Season Ten of American Idol, Scotty quickly established himself as one of the hottest new stars in country music. His debut album was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. He became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. That album was certified platinum for sales of one million, and the first two singles from that album were both certified gold. In 2012, his 2012 Christmas album was certified gold. In the last two years, McCreery has performed before President Barack Obama, sung the national anthem at the World Series and performed in the Macy's Day Parade. He was named Top New Artist by Billboard and won best new artist awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Country Awards and the CMT Awards.

To purchase tickets for the game and free admission to the post-game concert, please visit, the Braves Ticket Office at Turner Field, the Braves Clubhouse Store at the CNN Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Scotty McCreery will be at the Opry In-Store Shop Appearance and performing on the Grand Ole Opry Stage October 19th

Scotty McCreery will be at the Opry Store to sign copies of his sophomore album See You Tonight -  AFTER his appearance on The Grand Ole Opry Stage

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Scotty McCreery balances college, headlined tour

SHIPPENSBURG — Scotty McCreery will make a stop to perform in Shippensburg on Friday — a day he happens to be off from college classes.

While the 19-year-old country singer is headlining his first tour, he is also a sophomore at North Carolina State University in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. McCreery, who won season 10 of “American Idol” in 2011, said he attends classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and then tours Thursday through Sunday.
“It’s just one of those things where I just try to keep up,” he said. “It’s all time management, just like any other college kid. I have to travel for my work, instead of just going down the street. But it’s all good, we’re having fun with it, and it’s been a good thing for me so far.”

The communications major will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University. The concert is one of many stops on his Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013, which was just recently extended through December, McCreery said.  “It’s my first headlining tour,” he said. “We spent all last year touring with Brad Paisley, so this is the first time we have been out by ourselves, and it’s going good. It’s pretty awesome to see that folks are coming out to see me, not somebody else.”

While on campus at North Carolina State, McCreery said people just let him walk around and go to class like everyone else. Although he said he has to stop to take pictures and sign a couple of autographs every day, he said it’s pretty tame.  “I’ll stop gladly and say hey to folks,” he said. “The fans are the ones that got me here, so I kind of owe them to do all this stuff for them.”

McCreery said going to classes isn’t necessarily his favorite but it is a part of the whole package. He said the best part is just getting to see his friends and relax with them.  “Obviously, every college student will tell you, the school part sucks, but being there is cool,” he said. “Getting to be there with friends (is fun). To me it’s as much about the education as it the experience that I’m learning from. It kind of makes you a more well-rounded person being there, I think. I’m enjoying being there.”

McCreery’s new album is something he is quite proud of, having written or co-written five of the songs, he said. Getting the chance to be a lot more creative and be a part of the process was something McCreery said he really enjoyed. He said writing some of the songs made the record more personal.
Even though McCreery’s favorite song on the record is not one that he helped write, he says the song really spoke to him.

“This record is definitely a lot more me than the first record,” he said. “I’m excited for folks to finally hear it. I think my favorite is a song called ‘Carolina Moon.’ I’m an old soul, so it’s kind of the most traditional sounding song on the record. This one really strikes home with me and strikes a chord, so it’s probably my favorite. It’s talking about touring, and it’s talking about North Carolina, so it’s right up my alley.”

With McCreery’s increased popularity over the past two years, it would be easy for the singer to lose himself in the fame, but he said his family helps to keep him in check.  “I just keep my friends and family close,” he said. “I call (my family and friends) my biggest haters, ‘cause they’ll (smack me) real quick if I get any kind of cocky. So it’s nice to have them around. They treat me good, but they don’t treat me too good.

“Even if you’re in the spotlight ... you just gotta be you,” McCreery said. “You gotta be you, gotta do you, and everything else will fall into place. You ain’t gotta change to please people or anything like that. Just be yourself and everything will be all right.”