American ‘Idol’ takes Nashville by storm
With a deep, velvety baritone and charming good looks, Scotty McCreery captured the hearts of America to win the 10th season of FOX television’s “American Idol.” Whether tackling the emotions behind classics like George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” or the fist-pumping affirmation of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” McCreery placed a stamp on his own credibility by staying true to his Southern roots.
Born and raised in North Carolina, McCreery was a bona fide country tenor until he has entered middle school. Till high school he had joined a traveling vocal ensemble and auditioned for an “American Idol” in Wisconsin by singing Josh Turner’s song “Your Man” and Travis Tritt’s song “Put Some Drive in Your Country.” And drive he did, all the way to Hollywood and into the winner’s circle of the famed reality show, with his coronation single “I Love You This Big” that was immediately released to radio. Behind it came his first album named “Clear as Day” recorded and released in October, 2011. It sold 197,000 copies during the first week, making him the first studio album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as the youngest male artist to get to the top of the chart only with a debut release.
McCreery’s other singles named “The Trouble with Girls,” and “Water Tower Town” carried him through 2012 but failed to make a significant climb up the country charts, landing at 17 and 38 respectively. He also recorded his first Christmas album, performing in November in special NBC broadcast titled “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”
In 2012 McCreery graduated from Garner High School in and attended North Carolina State University. While continuing to balance music and education, he is beginning his first tour as the headlining artist on weekends only, which kicked off February 14 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.