Scott "Scotty" McCreery (born: October 9, 1993) is an American singer from Garner, North Carolina. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. He is the first American Idol winner who was born in the 1990s. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States. The album includes the top 20 country songs, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls".
He has sold over 1 million albums and 1.6 million singles in the US.
McCreery was born in 1993 to Judy (née Cooke) and Michael McCreery in Raleigh, but was raised in Garner, North Carolina, along with his older sister. His father works as a manufacturing systems analyst. His father was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan, and an American father. His mother works as a real estate agent and a high school teacher, and is also the daughter of a retired school teacher from Gates County, NC. He attended Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, and later West Lake Middle School where he sang at his graduation. He also attended Garner Magnet High School where he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing country tenor.
McCreery won a singing contest called "Clayton Idol" at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina, and was one of 36 finalists in a "Rip the Hallways" contest featuring teenage vocalists in North Carolina. He has performed at various local events. He also attended Caswell Youth Retreat in the summer of 2009, and participated in the talent show there singing Long Black Train by Josh Turner.
McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee. In the Hollywood group round, he joined the "Guaps" and became embroiled in the drama when fellow group member Clint Jun Gamboa expelled Jacee Badeaux from the group. He later expressed regret for not standing up for Jacee. He was one of the five male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, McCreery confirmed that he has Puerto Rican ancestry. "Yes, I'm Puerto Rican," said McCreery with a smile. "I have a little bit of J.Lo in me." With McCreery's father, Mike, being born in Aguadilla, to a full blooded Puerto Rican and an American father, Scotty can claim having 1/4 Puerto Rican blood, though when asked Scotty said he doesn't know very much Spanish and doesn't speak it but wishes he had learned when he was younger.
- ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save on Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week, when two contestants were eliminated.
McCreery released his coronation single "I Love You This Big" immediately after winning the tenth season of American Idol. The song entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 32, becoming the highest debut for a debut single since the chart converted to BDS data the week of January 20, 1990. The song sold 171,404 units in its first week, and was certified gold on August 25, 2011. A music video for the song, shot on Angels Point near Dodger Stadium, was released on August 9, 2011.
He signed with Mercury Nashville, earning a contract that gave him over $250,000 in advances for recording the first album.
Both McCreery and Lauren Alaina were invited to present at the CMT Music Awards on June 8, 2011, and they also both performed on the Grand Ole Opry on June 10. McCreery performed "I Love You This Big" and George Strait's song "Check Yes or No." Their trip to Nashville was also featured later in an ABC Special CMA Music Fest: Country’s Night to Rock where McCreery performed "Your Man" with Josh Turner at the CMA Music Festival.
McCreery toured with the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, which began in West Valley City, Utah on July 6, 2011 and ended in Manila, Philippines on September 21, 2011.
GAC premiered a TV special, Introducing: Scotty McCreery, on October 3, 2011, the day before his debut album is expected to be released.
On October 19, 2011, McCreery sang the National Anthem in Game 1 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
On November 9, 2011, McCreery performed "Walk in the Country" and announced the CMA Radio Stations of the Year honors at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards
On November 10, 2011, McCreery joined other country stars in Nashville to tape the CMA Country Christmas special that aired on ABC on December 1.
On Thanksgiving Day of 2011, McCreery performed his second single The Trouble with Girls at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City then headlined the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta in the evening.
McCreery performed his second single at the 2nd Annual American Country Awards on December 5, 2011 and won in the New Artist category
McCreery performed "The First Noel" during the second annual CMA Country Christmas.
McCreery performed on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Walt Disney World on December 25, 2011.
In 2012, he opened for Brad Paisley along with The Band Perry. The tour kicked off on January 12 with tour dates announced for the first quarter of 2012.
Clear as Day (2011-present)
McCreery's first album, titled Clear as Day, was released on October 4, 2011. Tracks from the album include a song from Keith Urban, and the title track "Clear as Day". A single from this album, "The Trouble With Girls" was premiered on radio on August 30, 2011, and released onto iTunes on September 1, 2011.
The album sold 197,000 on its debut week, and Scotty McCreery made history as the first country act to debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with their first studio album, as well as the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with his debut release. It reached No. 1 on five separate Billboard charts - Billboard 200, Top Current Albums, Digital Albums, Internet Albums, and Top Country Albums.
McCreery's appearance on Today on November 23, 2011 coincided with the news that his debut album Clear as Day had been officially certified as gold.
Clear as Day was certified platinum with over 1 million units shipped.
With McCreery's debut album Clear as Day reaching number one on the Billboard 200, he joins Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) and Adam Lambert as the only Idol contestants to have a number one album.
McCreery recorded Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" and it was released on March 8, 2012. Also, it is used as the exit song on the eleventh season of American Idol.
Scotty announced that he would be working on a Christmas album set for release in the late fall. The official artwork of "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" was revealed on September 6. 
McCreery is a professed Christian.
McCreery will soon be attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Awards and nominations
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- ^ a b Everyone in Garner sings Scotty's praise
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- ^ American Idol: Scotty McCreery Called "True Artist" by Jennifer Lopez, Confirms Puerto Rican Heritage
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- ^ Scotty McCreery Makes Historic Start, Lauren Alaina Bows On Country Songs
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- ^ 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Releases Debut Video
- ^ American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery’s Music Video for “I Love You This Big”
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- ^ Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina pretty much everywhere at CMA Music Fest
- ^ American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery and Runner-Up Lauren Alaina Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debuts
- ^ Scotty McCreery Books Opry, Leno, Good Morning America
- ^ Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina: Grand Ole Opry Performances
- ^ Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery Steal the Show at CMA Music Fest
- ^ Scotty McCreery Already Getting a GAC TV Special
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- ^ Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Announce Release Date and Title of New Albums
- ^ Staying country strong
- ^ Scotty McCreery’s ‘Clear As Day’ Demo Reportedly Discovered Online
- ^ Scotty McCreery Releases New Single
- ^ On October 1, 2011, McCreery filmed music video for "The Trouble with Girl" at his high school in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Scotty McCreery debuts new single, 'The Trouble With Girls'
- ^ 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery Makes History At No. 1 On Billboard 200
- ^ Published Wednesday, Nov 23 2011, 17:50 GMT (2011-11-23). "'American Idol' Scotty McCreery still deciding on college plans - American Idol News - Showbiz". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/s91/american-idol/news/a352589/american-idol-scotty-mccreery-still-deciding-on-college-plans.html. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
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- ^ "McCreery, Alaina Talk Music, Faith With Rolling Stone, Christian News". Christianpost.com. 2011-06-08. http://www.christianpost.com/news/mccreery-alaina-talk-music-faith-with-rolling-stone-50993/. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
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