Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Scotty McCreery will be live tweeting through the CMA Awards tomorrow night

Tomorrow I take over during the , who's watching?

Scotty McCreery goes back to Lowe's in Garner to kick of Friends Feeding Friends


The following pictures have been republished with permission from Lisa Sullivan  

Our boy just arrived for "Friends Feeding Friends"!

getting ready to cut the ribbon to kick off "FriendsFeeding Friends"!


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scottymccreery taking another selfie with a fan! @ Lowes Foods

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@ScottyMcreery signing a guitar for auction for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an event coming up locally. @eatpraylovenc for you girl! 😀


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I apologize for not updating the site the last few days, but I have been very sick with bronchitis and I've pretty much been out of it the last few days. I will try to get pictures and videos from the TN & KY concert up today - again I apologize but there was nothing I could do but take medicine and sleep for the last few days. - Donna :)

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Scotty McCreery had liftoff in rocketing to top

By WALTER TUNIS -Lexington Herald-Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. - There is something of a superhero saga at work in Scotty McCreery's career. You can almost hear the dramatic voiceover.

"By day, a mild-mannered college sophomore ..."
Technically it's Mondays and Wednesdays. That's when he attends classes in media studies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

"But on weekends, he becomes a country music star ..."
Bolstered by taking top honors in the 10th season of "American Idol" in 2011, McCreery became an immediate celebrity. But unlike many of the show's champions, his popularity continues to mount. Last year he was named the top new artist by Billboard magazine, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Country Awards and the CMT Awards.

"Able to leap the charts in a single bound ..."
That's not an exaggeration. His new album, "See You Tonight," entered Billboard's country charts at No. 1. Two years ago, after his "Idol" win, McCreery became the youngest artist to have a debut album (in his case, "Clear as Day," released five days before his 18th birthday) hit the top of Billboard's all-genre Top 200 chart during its first week of release.

Add to that his first run as a headlining concert act and a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and you get a sense of the other life this NC State student leads.
"It's definitely a challenge balancing everything, but it's fun," said McCreery. "We're enjoying it, and I think it will be good for me in the long run. But it's a lot that we're trying to do right now. We're just trying to have a good time with it all."

A native of Garner, N.C., McCreery stood out immediately from the usual array of pop hopefuls on "American Idol" in 2011, largely because his age (he was 17) didn't match his tough-as-oak baritone or the versed phrasing that came with it.

Perhaps the most mature aspect surrounding McCreery at the time was the realization that "American Idol" wasn't so much a star-making vehicle as a starting point. Getting the top prize was one thing. Turning his win into a lasting career was entirely up to him.

"I'm here, of course, because 'Idol' worked out for me," he said. "I was going to try and make it in Nashville after college. That was kind of my original plan. Luckily 'Idol' worked out.
"'Idol' was the launch pad. It was the platform. It was never a career guarantee, but it was a platform for folks to get to know who you are and know your music. So it was a great thing in that respect. And I learned a lot from it. It was like a mini boot camp for the music industry. They really teach you a lot in a short amount of time.

"I was young. I'm still young. But I'm also a little more mature now, I'd say. Still, that kind of foundation gave folks a good understanding of who I was as an artist and a person."
Initial road work for McCreery included a 2011 summer tour with his "American Idol" co-finalists and an opening-act slot on an extensive arena tour with Brad Paisley last year. All that set McCreery up for his debut as a tour headliner.

"The main thing we've done is try to learn from Brad and from the other tours, from knowing the show we're putting on to the behind-the-scenes stuff and especially the way we treat people," he said. "Brad was really a class act and a really respectable guy, so that's what we're going for, because you hear the horror stories of acts that are just tough to work with. That isn't what we want to be. We want to be easy to work with and have folks excited to be with us."

If McCreery wanted to emulate the business acumen of pros like Paisley in setting up his current tour, he also knew what he didn't want when it came time to make "See You Tonight." He sought to avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump" that hits artists under pressure to surpass the commercial success of a hit debut.
"For me, I think it was kind of the opposite situation," he said. "With this record, it was a lot more comfortable. I wouldn't say it was easy, but it was a lot more comfortable just because we had so much time to work with. For the first record, we came out of 'Idol,' went on the 'Idol' tour and were trying to squeeze in a record while doing all that. That was tough. But with this one, we really had time. We sat down and really made sure we talked about what we wanted to do with this record and didn't just start singing songs to get a record out really quick.

"The whole career has become very manageable. I don't think it has really settled. But we're kind of keeping the system in place. We are understanding the whole thing better.
"We come home for three days a week and then head out four days a week. It's not difficult. You can't help but worry about the little things. But we know the big stuff. We've got an understanding of what is time important and what is really urgent, and what is not. We understand the whole industry a little better, so that's making things easier. It's still busy. It's a 24 / 7 deal, but we keep learning how to handle it."

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Scotty McCreery makes own post-‘Idol’ success

Associated PressScotty McCreery rode a wave of “American Idol”
success but says his career is now in his own hands.

– Scotty McCreery rode his 2011 “American Idol” win to a platinum album and several new artist awards.  With his second album, “See You Tonight,” McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone.

“We have been off the show for 2 1/2 years,” the 20-year-old said. “The wave pretty much has to be my wave now. “We have to make our own momentum. That comes with success, with radio success, but you’ve also got to make the good music first, the good songs for that to happen.”  In McCreery’s case, “Idol” was a platform and not a career. He believes this album and its success at country radio is a big factor in his transition from a TV star to a country star.

The songs on “See You Tonight,” released last month, stay true to McCreery’s values and his love of traditional country, but he also expands his sound and even riffs on country radio’s current infatuation with songs about trucks and beer. 

Album producer Frank Rogers, who has worked with Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley, said McCreery’s musical influences, like a lot of younger music fans, are not just traditional country and that is reflected in the new album.  “He’s also a college kid who has a very diverse iPod and playlist,” Rogers said. “I don’t think anything is forced in there, but we brought in some musical elements, things that maybe he hasn’t put on a record before, but they are part of his musical vocabulary.”

The title track is a catchy love song that he hints may be inspired by his own love life. “Didn’t just come out of thin air,” he notes with a smile.  The album also features some of his original songwriting for the first time, an aspect that made the soft-spoken McCreery somewhat nervous.  “At first you’re a little scared to come out of your shoes and share some of your thoughts,” he said. “You have to share those intimate thoughts to get a really good song.”

Although he is still a young writer, he wanted to add some more depth to the emotions on his album by adding a few more songs about heartbreak and love. “On the first record, everything was happy-go-lucky in the world,” he said. “We know that’s not true. We have a couple of songs on there that make you think, that are a little deeper about relationships.”

And his best sounding board for his new album turned out to be his college roommates at North Carolina State, where he is a sophomore trying to lead a fairly normal life outside of Nashville.  “They shoot it straight with me,” McCreery said. “I call them my biggest haters.”  Their verdict? “They have been loving this record.”