Saturday, July 30, 2011

Scotty In Nashville

Scotty McCreery was in Nashville Saturday as part of the American Idols tour.  He & Lauren Alaina spoke with the media about their experiences this summer, and provided an update on their debut albums.  Here’s our conversation with Scotty:

A lot of kids your age are getting ready for school, so what are your plans for this year?  I’ll be doing school on the road, my mom is a certified teacher, and she won’t cut me any slack.  She’ll be my tutor, but I’ll still be enrolled with my school back home.  So I’ll turn in papers with them.  Once the tour is done, I’ll head back, because it’s my senior year, I don’t want to miss out on any memories.
College plans? I’m hoping to go into college right out of high school like any normal kid, hopefully Belmont in Nashville so I can study music while I’m doing the career.  I’m young, so I have a lot to learn.

Video: We shot it in LA, but found a piece of country out there.  So it’s nice, it’s like a summer barbecue feel, good ole country loving,’ July 4th feel, just a good old time.  I kind of broke the stage the first time I got on it, but other than that, it was smooth sailing.

I Love You This Big: We picked that song on elimination night for Top 3, I listened to two songs, thought it would be good for the moment, and it’s now taken off on radio, so it’s cool to see that reaction.  But I can’t wait to get the new stuff out.  I was just listening to some of it today on the way here, and I’m excited about that.

Working with Carrie Underwood’s producer: He knows what he’s doing, I put trust in him, he used what worked for Carrie and other stuff as well.

Picking songs: I’m looking for a song that relates to me.  There’s a lot I can’t sing because I’m so young, I can’t sing about going to the bar with my friends on Friday night, but there’s a lot I can sing, so I think we picked those songs and I’m looking forward to getting y’all to hear it.

Move to Nashville? We’ve talked about it.  Right now I’m living in Carolina, but if things work out and I stick around I’ll move out here, but I wanna make sure I have some staying power first.

Love interest?  No I’m living the single life, so nothing right now, I’m a little to busy now, lot to focus on.

Pranks on the Idol tour: Oh yeah, definitely been doing pranks, the funniest, as far as I’m concerned, was the first night in Salt Lake City, Jacob was taking a shower, before the tour, we got an ice bucket and we came in where he was showing and dumped it on him, it was funny, he screamed pretty high pitched.
Have they got you yet?  They’re threatening, so I’m locking my bunk before I go to bed at night.

Change in life since winning? My best friends haven’t treated me different, they still slap me around when I need it, still joke around, but I’ve been home six days since February, but I was back in Raleigh a few days ago, and nothing unusual happened, because they treat me the same.  At home they do, otherwise it’s craziness.  I still can’t get over people crying.  If I saw the cutest girl, I don’t think I’d cry, but it’s been pretty humbling.

Any advice from Josh Turner? He told me to stay true to myself and don’t change. It’s something Josh has done a good job doing, he’s got a family he takes on the road, and that’s something I hope if I get to that point I can do that also.  He’s been a great guy to ask questions to and pick his brain.

Are you picking songs with more low notes? Me & Josh have two totally different voices.  He’s got a deep voice of a 30 year old man, and I’ve got a 17 year old deep voice, it’s not fully developed yet.  So on the record there are a couple songs where I get down there, but I’m mainly singing up there a bit and having fun with it.

Does this exceed your expectations?  It’s definitely overwhelming.  When I tried out I didn’t expect to win, I wanted to see what they’d say and get some advice to take back home and develop my craft.  I’ve made it this far, Nashville’s been great to me, and it’s definitely a business, but it’s been fun, I’ve been enjoying every minute.

What do you say when people suggest you were pre-determined to win?  They have no idea.  It was the roughest road, 7 days a week, all hours of the night, and if you saw on the finale, I had a doctor taking care of me, so it wasn’t easy.

What do you miss? I’m missing a lot of stuff with my friends, when you’re a kid you go to the pool and have teenaged memories, and I skipped that this year, but I had a good life before that, so I’m starting my career early, I’m grateful to be where I’m at, I miss the boys back home, but this is definitely worth missing that for.


Friday, July 29, 2011

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L-R Chuck Wicks and Lauren

Most of these photos are coming from Idol Forums Lauren's photo thread!

Scotty Being Back in N.C is "Crazy"

Scotty McCreery has had some awfully big moments in 2011, not the least of which was being crowned winner of Season 10 of "American Idol" in front of a huge nationally televised audience.

But his North Carolina homecoming ranks right up there.

Wednesday night, the American Idols LIVE! tour stopped in Raleigh, which is just minutes from McCreery's hometown of Garner; he and his 10 fellow finalists spent the night in a hotel in the capital, then their caravan of tour buses rolled on to Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena for a Thursday night show.

"It was definitely a moment I'll never forget going out to the RBC Center, an arena that I grew up in, watching the Hurricanes and the Wolfpack and seeing a lot of games there. Performing there was crazy," the 17-year-old country singer said during an interview at TWC Arena a few hours before Thursday's concert.

He said several friends and family members were at the Raleigh show, and several more - including his father, Mike, and his sister, Ashley - were in Charlotte Thursday.

"My sister goes to UNC Charlotte, so I've got some ties down here," McCreery said. "A lot of her friends and my friends go there as well, so I've been down here many a time. ... It's always nice to be in North Carolina, (and) being in the biggest city in North Carolina is just a plus."

McCreery wasn't able to see much of Charlotte on Thursday. But during his very brief visit home to Garner on Wednesday, McCreery packed in a lot, including a stop by his old workplace (Lowes Foods, where he worked as a cashier), a surprise visit to the high school's football practice, and a walk with his family at Lake Benson Park.

The "American Idol" tour is still a long way from over, with another 30 shows slated between now and Sept. 10. On his days off, McCreery has been working on his debut studio album, which he says he hopes will be released by fall. It's a drastically different life than he was living a year ago, when he was preparing to start his junior year at Garner Magnet High School.

"It's definitely been a change, and it's gonna take some getting used to," he said. "I mean, there's no more walking in a restaurant and having a normal dinner."

As for his senior year?

"What we're looking at it is getting through all this, getting the album out, and promoting it. And then maybe I can get the chance to go back to school and to walk around campus. 'Cause it's my senior year. I did this 'Idol' thing, and it got me to where I'm at now, but you don't want to miss out on those memories of your senior year. So hopefully I can get back. It'll be a weird thing, 'cause I'll still be working, but ..."

Then McCreery said something you don't hear come out of a 17-year-old boy's mouth very often ... if ever: "What I'd give to get back behind the desk and take a test."

Read more:

Couple of Videos!!!

"Flat on the Floor","Like My Mother Does", "If I Die Young"

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scotty Documentary on Great American Country

Fact or Fiction not sure...But I read on the Idol Forums that the crew of GAC was in Garner,NC yesterday to film a documentary on Scotty. I'll let y'all know more details like air date when it gets released.

Just a heads up!

Way Back When....

Video:Scotty Talks to Hometown Crowd

Rising star Scotty McCreery leads 'Idol' tour to St. Louis

Season 10 of "American Idol" may have been full of shocks, the elimination of Pia Toscano, James Durbin and Casey James among them.

But one thing seemed certain: Scotty McCreery would walk away with the title.

The slight North Carolina native with the humongous voice never faltered on the show, effortlessly belting out country songs such as "Amazed," "Always on My Mind," "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" and "Check Yes or No," and easily toppling runner-up Lauren Alaina.

But McCreery, 17, says he never took his win for granted.

"You never knew what was going to happen week to week," he says. "I don't think any of us had a clue."

And the surprise eliminations definitely added to that feeling.

"When Pia went home, I remember being angry and mad, and everybody backstage crying," he says of Toscano, a one-time front-runner who placed ninth and has since landed a contract with Interscope Records.

McCreery is headlining this summer's installment of the "American Idols Live!" tour, which comes to Scottrade Center on Sunday.

"I Love You This Big," which he first sang on the "American Idol" season finale, is a hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, where it had the highest debut for a new artist since 1984.

McCreery also has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," at the Grand Ole Opry and the CMA Music Festival, and he has a "Good Morning America" gig Aug. 12.

He says his new life is taking a lot of getting used to.

"It's still pretty wild," McCreery says. "I can't do the normal things a normal 17-year-old can do, like going out to eat and walking down the street, without getting stopped."

But things will get wilder as McCreery nears the release of his as-yet-untitled debut album, which he says is about halfway complete.

The album, he says, will "represent Scotty McCreery, just a normal 17-year-old from small-town America. I want it to be something Middle America can relate to."

McCreery is aiming to create an album that will include the old country feel he became known for on "Idol," along with an upbeat and modern sound.

"I don't want to get too poppy or too rock," he says. "And I want to make sure it's solid country. I want to mix songs people can dance to with songs to make people cry."

McCreery says he probably won't have any covers, which is surprising considering he handled them so well on "Idol."

"I thought of having an old country cover, but I'm getting all this good material, all original stuff, which is a good thing," he says. "It's all about me establishing myself, putting my stamp on it."