Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery.jpg
McCreery performing in June 2011
Background information
Birth nameScott Cooke McCreery[1]
Born(1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 20)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
OriginGarner, North Carolina[2]
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2011–present
Labels19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville[3]
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Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery.jpg
McCreery performing in June 2011
Background information
Birth nameScott Cooke McCreery[1]
Born(1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 20)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
OriginGarner, North Carolina[2]
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2011–present
Labels19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville[3]

Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery[1] (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. 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 also released a Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which has been certified gold.[4]

Early life[edit]

McCreery was born in 1993 to Judy (née Cooke) and Michael McCreery in Raleigh, North Carolina but was raised in Garner, North Carolina, along with his older sister, Ashley.[2][5][6] 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.[7] His mother works as a real estate agent and a high school teacher,[8][9] and is also the daughter of a retired school teacher from Gates County, NC. He attended Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner,[10] and later West Lake Middle School where he sang at his graduation. He also attended Garner Magnet High School[11] where he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States.[12] He started out singing country tenor.

McCreery won a singing contest called "Clayton Idol" at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina,[13] 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.[14]

American Idol[edit]


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."[15] 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.[16]


EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Your Man"Josh TurnerN/AAdvanced
"Put Some Drive in Your Country"Travis Tritt
Hollywood Round, Part 1First Solo"Your Man"Josh TurnerN/A
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Get Ready"The TemptationsN/A
Hollywood Round, Part 3Second Solo"I Hope You Dance"Lee Ann WomackN/A
Las Vegas RoundSongs of The Beatles
Group Performance
"Hello, Goodbye"The BeatlesN/A
Hollywood Round FinalFinal Solo"Long Black Train"Josh TurnerN/A
Top 24 (12 Men)Personal Choice"Letters from Home"John Michael Montgomery8
Top 13Your Personal Idol"The River"Garth Brooks12Safe
Top 12Year You Were Born"Can I Trust You with My Heart"Travis Tritt8
Top 11Motown"For Once in My Life"Stevie Wonder7
Top 111Elton John"Country Comfort"Elton John1
Top 9Rock & Roll Hall of Fame"That's All Right"Arthur Crudup6
Top 8Songs from the Movies"I Cross My Heart" — Pure CountryGeorge Strait4
Top 7Songs from the 21st Century"Swingin'"John Anderson1
Top 6Carole KingSolo "You've Got a Friend"Carole King4
Duet "Up on the Roof" with Lauren AlainaThe Drifters6
Top 5Songs from Now and Then"Gone"Montgomery Gentry4
"Always on My Mind"Brenda Lee9
Top 4Songs That Inspire"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"Alan Jackson3
Leiber & Stoller Songbook"Young Blood"The Coasters6
Top 3Contestant's Choice"Amazed"Lonestar1
Jimmy Iovine's Choice"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"Thompson Square4
Judges' Choice"She Believes in Me"Kenny Rogers7
FinaleFavorite Performance"Gone"Montgomery Gentry1Winner
George Strait's Choice"Check Yes or No"George Strait3
Coronation Song"I Love You This Big"Scotty McCreery5


Season 10 American Idol tour, Scotty McCreery performing with Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart and Pia Toscano.

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.[17] The song sold 171,404 units in its first week,[18] 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.[19][20]

He signed with Mercury Nashville,[21] earning a contract that gave him over $250,000 in advances for recording the first album.[22]

Both McCreery and Lauren Alaina were invited to present at the CMT Music Awards on June 8, 2011,[23] and they also both performed on the Grand Ole Opry on June 10.[24][25] McCreery performed "I Love You This Big" and George Strait's song "Check Yes or No."[26] 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.[27]

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.

McCreery recorded Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" and it was released on March 8, 2012. It was used as the exit song on the eleventh season of American Idol.[28]

2011: Clear as Day[edit]

McCreery's first album, titled Clear as Day, was released on October 4, 2011.[29] Tracks from the album include a song from Keith Urban,[30] and the title track "Clear as Day".[31] On October 3, 2011, the day before his debut album was scheduled to be released, GAC premiered a TV special, Introducing: Scotty McCreery.[32]

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.[33] It reached No. 1 on five separate Billboard charts - Billboard 200, Top Current Albums, Digital Albums, Internet Albums, and Top Country Albums. With the debut album Clear as Day reaching number one on the Billboard 200, he joins Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert as the only Idol contestants to have a number one album. Clear as Day has since been certified platinum with over 1 million units shipped.[34]

Before the release of his album, a single from this album, "The Trouble with Girls" was premiered on radio on August 30, 2011,[35][36] and released onto iTunes on September 1, 2011. The news that "The Trouble with Girls", along with the album Clear as Day, has been certified gold coincided with McCreery's appearance on Today on November 23, 2011.[37] The next day, the Thanksgiving Day of 2011, McCreery performed "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.[38]

On November 9, 2011, McCreery performed a track from his album, "Walk in the Country", and announced the CMA Radio Stations of the Year honors at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards[39] The next day McCreery joined other country stars in Nashville to tape the CMA Country Christmas special that aired on ABC on December 1.[40] He performed "The First Noel", which was included in his Christmas album the following year, during the second annual CMA Country Christmas.[41]

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. He also performed on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Walt Disney World on December 25, 2011.[42]

McCreery was nominated and won the first of his awards at the 2nd Annual American Country Awards on December 5, 2011.[43] He performed his second single at the award show and won in the New Artist category.[44] He also won the Best New Artist award at the ACM Awards on April 1, 2012.[45] He further received the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award at the ACM Awards on June 6, 2012.[46]

2012: Christmas with Scotty McCreery[edit]

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.[47]

McCreery's second album is Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which was released on October 16, 2012. The album includes nine holiday classics and two new holiday songs.[48] It debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with sales of 41,000.[49] The Christmas album was included in the Scotty McCreery QVC Bundle, which also contains Clear as Day, released through QVC, and sold 5,000 copies the first week.[50] Scotty also hopes to make more Christmas albums in the future.[51]

McCreery performed a track from the album, "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" in the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special broadcast on NBC on November 28, 2012.[52] He also sang "Winter Wonderland" at the CMA Country Christmas show aired on ABC on December 20, 2012.[53] He performed Santa Claus Is Back in Town at the "Christmas in Washington" gala, an annual seasonal celebration benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center attended by the President.[54][55]

2013: See You Tonight[edit]

McCreery's third album, See You Tonight, was released on October 15, 2013.[56] The album was produced by Frank Rogers. Its first single, "See You Tonight", was released in May. McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell.

Personal life[edit]

McCreery is a professed Christian.[57][58] He graduated from Garner High School in 2012,[46] and is currently attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.[59]





Awards and nominations[edit]

2011Teen Choice Awards 2011Choice Music: Breakout ArtistNominated
American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: New ArtistWon
2012Academy of Country Music AwardsBest New ArtistWon
Billboard Music AwardsTop New ArtistNominated
Top Country AlbumNominated
CMT Music AwardsUSA Breakthrough Video of the YearWon
MusicRow AwardsBreakthrough ArtistNominated
Teen Choice Awards 2012Choice Male CountryNominated
Choice TV: Male Reality Star (American Idol)Nominated
Inspirational Country Music AwardsMainstream Country Male ArtistWon
American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: Breakthrough ArtistWon


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Preceded by
Lee DeWyze
American Idol winner
Succeeded by
Phillip Phillips