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Scotty McCreery Biography


Scott McCreery debut album

Scotty McCreery - 'Clear as Day' (2011)

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October 9, 1993, in Garner, North Carolina

Early Years:

Scotty McCreery grew up in North Carolina, where his mother worked as a real estate agent and his father was in manufacturing. Scotty began singing from an early age, and was a member of his high school and church chorus. When not singing, he worked as a supermarket cashier at Lowes Foods and pitched for Garner High School's baseball team.

Auditioning for American Idol:

McCreery auditioned for American Idol when he was only 16 years old. His deep-voiced rendition of Josh Turner's "Your Man" impressed judges and earned him his ticket to Hollywood. McCreery was one of the stronger contenders on season 10 of Idol, and he took home the big prize at the season finale in May 2011.

Scott McCreery on Winning American Idol:

"This is pretty wild, I gotta say. It's a whole lot more than I bargained for getting into it, but I'm handling it well. This is what I asked for and this is my new life! It's a really wild ride so far," the newly christened star told to USA Today.

Going to No. 1 with Clear as Day:

Winning American Idol was no guarantee of chart success for McCreery. But it was just that. In October 2011, he released his debut album Clear as Day. Featuring the singles "I Love You Big," "The Trouble With Girl," and "Water Tower Town," the album was a strong performer and eventually went platinum. In its first week of release, Clear as Day clocked in at #1 on the Billboard 200; it was the first debut album by a country artists to do so.

Relationship with Lauren Alaina:

"Lauren Alaina, she is something else," McCreery gushed of his American Idol competitor to USA Today in May 2011. "She sings like a bird, and she's such an amazing young lady."

But he denied there was any romance between them. "Me and her are more like a brother-sister thing." But what about the kiss she gave him after he won? "She told me before the show she was going to do that," he said, "kind of a joke thing. She's a character. She's lovely, we're really close friends. I met her day one of Hollywood Week and we were schoolmates through the whole experience."

However, when Alaina was asked about whether they were dating, she gave a more mixed answer. "We watch some movies together," she said. "We watched The Crazies, and it was very romantic."

Songs McCreery Performed on American Idol:

  • "Your Man" - Josh Turner (audition)
  • "Put Some Drive in Your Country" - Travis Tritt (audition)
  • "Your Man" - Josh Turner
  • "Get Ready" - The Temptations
  • "Hope You Dance" - Lee Ann Womack
  • "Hello, Goodbye" - The Beatles
  • "Long Black Train" - Josh Turner
  • "Letters from Home" - John Michael Montgomery
  • "The River" - Garth Brooks
  • "Can I Trust You with My Heart" - Travis Tritt
  • "For Once in My Life" - Stevie Wonder
  • "Country Comfort" - Elton John
  • "That's All Right" - Arthur Crudup
  • "I Cross My Heart" - George Strait
  • "Swingin'" - John Anderson
  • "You've Got a Friend" - Carole King
  • "Up on the Roof" - The Drifters
  • "Gone" - Montgomery Gentry
  • "Always on My Mind" - Brenda Lee
  • "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" - Alan Jackson
  • "Young Blood" - The Coasters
  • "Amazed" - Lonestar
  • "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" - Thompson Square
  • "She Believes in Me" - Kenny Rogers
  • "Gone" - Montgomery Gentry
  • "Check Yes or No" - George Strait
  • "I Love You This Big" - Scotty McCreery (coronation)

Scotty McCreery Discography

  • Clear As Day (2011, Mercury Nashville/Interscope Records)
  • American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery (2011, EP)
  • American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery (2011, digital download)
  • See You Tonight (2013, Mercury Nashville/Interscope Records)
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