Thursday, January 2, 2014

Scotty McCreery is one of the 5 Best American Idol Winners

The 5 best 'American Idol' winners
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer

There have been just 12 winners of “American Idol,” and only one of them got started in Omaha.
David Cook auditioned here in 2007 before going all the way to win the show's seventh season. Cook will return to Omaha Sunday to perform at The Waiting Room Lounge — tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of show — and we thought we'd count down our favorite “Idol” winners.

Carrie Underwood
Most people don't even remember that Underwood, an extremely successful country singer, was on the show in the first place. Way to put your past behind you, Carrie.

Scotty McCreery  
Another country success story to come out of “Idol.” We dig McCreery's tunes “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls.”

David Cook  
We have a soft spot for Cook after his Omaha launch, and we're also impressed that Cook is pushing on with his rock band. He is expected to put out a third studio album early this year.

Jordin Sparks
The youngest winner in the show's history is also the one with the best pipes. And we're happy to hear that the actress is returning to music after a four-year hiatus, with a new single released in 2013 and more to come this year.

Kelly Clarkson
You can't beat the original. 'Nuff said. 

Scotty McCreery Has Scripture on His Ball Caps

Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery
You'd think a young man's baseball caps might have autographs on the brim. But Scotty McCreery's have Bible verses on them.

In the new book Once-a-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections From Today's Leading Country Music Stars, McCreery admits he has Philippians 4:13 written in the brims of his caps.

"I keep a lot of my old baseball hats, and if you look in the hats I've had since I started pitching, you'll see Philippians 4:13 written on the brim," McCreery says. "That's the Scripture that gets me through the day because sometimes you can't do it all by yourself. You can't do it on your own, so you lean on him."

Before McCreery won American Idol in 2011, he was a high school baseball star at Garner Magnet High School in North Carolina. And it sounds like that's when he started to keep that Bible verse -- "I can do all this through him who gives me strength" -- in his heart and on his ball caps.

But even after his small-town star status gave way to national fame and celebrity, he still relied on the Bible to remind him he was never alone.

"It was the best time of my life, but it was tough and definitely stressful," he says of the time he spent in Los Angeles for American Idol. "That was when I'd have to really dig into the Word and pray and ask for prayers from my friends back home. I leaned on that verse, and I got through it."

New Concert: Scotty McCreery Will Be at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, MN

Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery Friday, February 7 7:00 p.m. $49 | $38 | $26 
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