McCreery performing in 2011.
|Birth name||Scott Cooke McCreery|
|Born||October 9, 1993|
Garner, North Carolina, U.S.
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". McCreery released a Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, in October 2012 and it has been certified gold. He released his third album, See You Tonight, in October 2013. The first single from the album, also called "See You Tonight", became his first song to reach the top ten on Billboard's Country charts. Setting a new record in July 2017 with his single "Five More Minutes", McCreery became the only country music artist in Country Aircheck/Mediabase history to chart a song without the backing of a record label; it topped Billboard in February 2018. His most recent album, Seasons Change, was released in March 2018 which became McCreery's fourth top 10 album in the United States.
- 1 Early life
- 2 American Idol
- 3 Career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Discography
- 6 Tours
- 7 Philanthropy
- 8 Honors and awards
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
McCreery was born on October 9, 1993, in Garner, North Carolina, the son of Judy (née Cooke) and Michael McCreery. His parents originally planned on naming him Evan, but changed their minds as they were on their way to the hospital. McCreery is of one quarter Puerto Rican descent; his father, a manufacturing systems analyst for Schneider Electric, was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to his military father and a Puerto Rico born mother from San Juan, both of whom later moved to Aberdeen, North Carolina. McCreery's mother is a real estate agent for Fonville Morisey. She also owns a tanning salon in Clayton, North Carolina, called At the Beach. McCreery's older sister, Ashley, attended UNC Charlotte. Both were raised in Garner.
Around the age of five or six, McCreery received a book about Elvis from his grandmother, and Elvis became McCreery's earliest musical influence. He began learning guitar when he was around nine or ten years old.
McCreery attended Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, West Lake Middle School in Apex, and Garner Magnet High School . He participated in all three schools' choruses, and he also sang at his middle school graduation. He sang tenor as a freshman in high school, where he was named Rookie of the Year. In his sophomore year, he switched to singing bass and began singing in his church. He also starred in a school production of Bye Bye Birdie that year, playing the role of Conrad Birdie. McCreery went on to join a vocal ensemble called Die Meistersingers that was formed by his high school chorus teacher, Meredith Clayton, and with which he performed across the United States.
In 2009, McCreery won a singing contest called "Clayton Idol", which was held by WQDR-FM at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina. After winning, he held several local shows with the radio station, raising money for sick children. Later the same year, he was one of thirty-six finalists in a contest called Rip the Hallways, which featured teenage vocalists from across North Carolina. On the eve of Valentine's Day, 2010, McCreery performed in a variety show called Gift 4, which was held by the town of Garner. In April of that year, he performed at the second annual Boots, Bands, and Bulls benefit concert. Funds from the concert went to Brittany's Battle, a Garner-based nonprofit that supports those affected by cancer. The concert was held in Raleigh, and country singer Jason Michael Carroll also performed.
Growing up, McCreery attended First Baptist Church in Garner. He led the church's youth praise band, Audience of One. In addition to his musical pursuits, McCreery was a member of his high school baseball team. His coach, Derik Goffena said of him, "He doesn't throw terribly hard. His best pitch is a curveball as far as getting people out. If he had to start he probably wouldn't walk more than one or two in a game." McCreery was working as a bagger at Lowes Foods when he auditioned for American Idol.
McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, at the age of sixteen. He originally planned on auditioning in Nashville, but decided not to when he discovered that the date conflicted with an annual church camp. He sang "Your Man" by Josh Turner and "Put Some Drive in Your Country" by Travis Tritt for his audition, and then reprised "Your Man" for his first Hollywood Week performance. For the subsequent Group Round, he joined with Jacee Badeaux, Frances Coontz, Clint Jun Gamboa, and Monique de los Santos. Calling themselves "The Guaps", they chose to perform "Get Ready" by The Temptations. However, during a late stage of their preparation, Gamboa decided that Badeaux was not contributing enough to the group and forced him to leave. Before the performance, McCreery apologized to the judges for letting this happen. All five singers advanced to the next round.
For his second Hollywood Week solo performance, McCreery sang "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack. He was not familiar with the lyrics and forgot them onstage. Afterward, he said that he did not feel that he deserved to go forward in the competition. The judges decided to give him another chance though, and following a well-received performance of Josh Turner's "Long Black Train", selected him as one of the twenty-four contestants that would move forward to the voting rounds of the competition.
McCreery did not venture far out of the country genre throughout the competition, although one of his most acclaimed performances was of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend". Taking note of season eight winner Kris Allen's success with a stripped-down version of the rap song "Heartless", McCreery considered doing an acoustic version of a hip-hop or R&B song, such as "So Sick" by Ne-Yo or something by Charlie Wilson. Instead, he went with Montgomery Gentry's "Gone", a country song with rap-like cadences. It was regarded by some as his best moment of the finals.
On making the Top 3, McCreery and the other remaining finalists earned celebratory hometown visits. While back in Garner, McCreery made an appearance at his high school's prom, threw the first pitch at a baseball game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Florida State Seminoles, and performed for a crowd of around thirty-thousand at Lake Benson Park. He was joined by his guitar teacher, Gary Epperson and Epperson's band, Gavinhart. As McCreery was singing Josh Turner's "Your Man", Turner himself surprised McCreery onstage and joined him for the song.
McCreery entered the finale with fellow country singer Lauren Alaina, with whom he had shared duets several times that season. This was the youngest match-up in the history of the series. Alaina was sixteen at the time, and McCreery had turned seventeen since auditioning. He went on to become the series' youngest male winner and second youngest winner overall, after season six's Jordin Sparks, who was also seventeen when she won. Because of his age, McCreery had to have one of his parents live with him throughout the competition; usually his mother. They lived in a mansion with the other contestants for a short time, but moved into an apartment of their own before the end of the series.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Your Man"||Josh Turner||N/A||Advanced|
|"Put Some Drive in Your Country"||Travis Tritt|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||First Solo||"Your Man"||Josh Turner||N/A|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Get Ready"||The Temptations||N/A|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Second Solo||"I Hope You Dance"||Lee Ann Womack||N/A|
|Las Vegas Round||Songs of The Beatles
|"Hello, Goodbye"||The Beatles||N/A|
|Hollywood Round Final||Final Solo||"Long Black Train"||Josh Turner||N/A|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||Personal Choice||"Letters from Home"||John Michael Montgomery||8|
|Top 13||Your Personal Idol||"The River"||Garth Brooks||12||Safe|
|Top 12||Year You Were Born||"Can I Trust You with My Heart"||Travis Tritt||8|
|Top 11||Motown||"For Once in My Life"||Stevie Wonder||7|
|Top 111||Elton John||"Country Comfort"||Elton John||1|
|Top 9||Rock & Roll Hall of Fame||"That's All Right"||Arthur Crudup||6|
|Top 8||Songs from the Movies||"I Cross My Heart" — Pure Country||George Strait||4|
|Top 7||Songs from the 21st Century||"Swingin'"||John Anderson||1|
|Top 6||Carole King||Solo "You've Got a Friend"||Carole King||4|
|Duet "Up on the Roof" with Lauren Alaina||The Drifters||6|
|Top 5||Songs from Now and Then||"Gone"||Montgomery Gentry||4|
|"Always on My Mind"||Brenda Lee||9|
|Top 4||Songs That Inspire||"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"||Alan Jackson||3|
|Leiber & Stoller Songbook||"Young Blood"||The Coasters||6|
|Top 3||Contestant's Choice||"Amazed"||Lonestar||1|
|Jimmy Iovine's Choice||"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"||Thompson Square||4|
|Judges' Choice||"She Believes in Me"||Kenny Rogers||7|
|Finale||Favorite Performance||"Gone"||Montgomery Gentry||1||Winner|
|George Strait's Choice||"Check Yes or No"||George Strait||3|
|Coronation Song||"I Love You This Big"||Scotty McCreery||5|
- ^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.
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.
2011: Clear as Day
McCreery's debut 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". McCreery aimed to include an explicitly Christian song in that album and he included the song "Old King James," which dwells on a Bible being passed down for generations. On October 3, 2011, the day before his debut album was scheduled to be released, GAC premiered a TV special, Introducing: Scotty McCreery.
The album sold 197,000 on its debut week, and 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. With the debut album Clear as Day reaching number one on the Billboard 200, he joined 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.
Before the release of his album, 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 news that "The Trouble with Girls", along with the album Clear as Day, had been certified gold coincided with McCreery's appearance on Today on November 23, 2011. 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.
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 The next day McCreery joined other country stars in Nashville to tape the CMA Country Christmas special that aired on ABC on December 1. He performed "The First Noel", which was included in his Christmas album the following year, during the second annual CMA Country Christmas.
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. He also performed on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Walt Disney World on December 25, 2011.
McCreery was nominated and won the first of his awards at the 2nd Annual American Country Awards on December 5, 2011. He performed his second single at the award show and won in the New Artist category. He also won the Best New Artist award at the ACM Awards on April 1, 2012. He received the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award at the CMT Music Awards on June 6, 2012.
2012: Christmas with Scotty McCreery
Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released on October 16, 2012. The album includes nine holiday classics and two new holiday songs. It debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with sales of 41,000, and was certified gold on November 26, 2012. 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. McCreery also hopes to make more Christmas albums in the future.
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. He also sang "Winter Wonderland" at the CMA Country Christmas show aired on ABC on December 20, 2012. He performed Santa Claus Is Back in Town and Mary, Did You Know? at the "Christmas in Washington" gala, an annual seasonal celebration benefiting the Children's National Medical Center attended by the President.
2013–2015: See You Tonight
McCreery's second album, See You Tonight, was released on October 15, 2013. The album was produced by Frank Rogers. Its first single, "See You Tonight", was released in May, and became McCreery's first song to reach the top ten on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell. "Feelin' It" was released as the second single in April 2014 and debuted at number fifty-four on the Country Airplay chart. The single reached the top ten on Billboard Country Airplay.
2015–present: Departure from Mercury, Go Big or Go Home, and Seasons Change
In 2015, McCreery's single "Southern Belle" was released to digital retailers on August 17, 2015 and for radio advertisements on August 31. The single peaked at #45 on Billboard Country Airplay. On February 3, 2016, it was confirmed that McCreery had parted ways with Mercury. He mentored two semifinalists during the fifteenth season of American Idol. McCreery sang with Jeneve Rose Mitchell on "Gone" and with Jenna Renae on his own "See You Tonight". On April 7, 2016, he returned to American Idol for the original series' final show, performing a country medley with Idol alumni Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Kree Harrison, Bucky Covington, Constantine Maroulis, Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo, and Skylar Laine. He wrote a book, Go Big or Go Home, which was released May 3, 2016. He describes the book as a travelogue about specific memories throughout his life. He went on a book tour. McCreery signed a new management deal with Triple 8 on October 24, 2016. McCreery released his new single, "Five More Minutes" to digital retailers and streaming services on May 5, 2017. The song was co-written by McCreery, Frank Rogers, and Monty Criswell, after the passing of his grandfather. On June 12, 2017, McCreery released a music video for the single which includes home videos of his life. "Five More Minutes" is the first song released without a record label to ever chart on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Top 50. On August 15, 2017, McCreery signed a new label deal with Triple Tigers Records/Sony Music Entertainment. In January 2018, "Five More Minutes" became McCreery's first number one single on the country singles charts. On August 5, 2018, McCreery appeared on "Celebrity Family Feud" and won $25,000 for his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. McCreery released his second single "This Is It" to digital retailers on March 9, 2018. The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Country charts.
McCreery is a Christian. He graduated from Garner Magnet High School in 2012, and attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications. Although he is one fourth Puerto Rican, he does not speak Spanish fluently, and regrets that he did not learn the language when he was younger. In September 2017, McCreery became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal. They were married on June 16, 2018, in North Carolina.
McCreery is an avid sports fan and is a particular fan of the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots — his father having grown up in the Boston area. He is an avid fan of the NC State Wolfpack sports, having been raised in greater Raleigh and attended NC State University.
McCreery sang the National Anthem before the Patriots AFC divisional game on January 16, 2016. On October 4, 2013, he began blogging for Major League Baseball, continuing to blog for the remainder of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
- Clear as Day (2011)
- Christmas with Scotty McCreery (2012)
- See You Tonight (2013)
- Seasons Change (2018)
- Weekend Roadtrip Tour (2013) with Sarah Darling
- See You Tonight Tour (2014) with Danielle Bradbery
- Seasons Change Tour (2018) with Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan
- Virtual Reality World Tour (2012) with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry
- Riot Tour (2015) with Rascal Flatts and RaeLynn
- Make It Sweet Tour (2019) (select dates) with Old Dominion
In 2011, McCreery participated in Operation Christmas Child, a program dedicated to donating toys to impoverished children around the world. Every year since then, he has participated in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, which raises funds for cancer research. He performed a benefit concert in November 2012, through which he raised $5,000 for World Vision to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and the following year, World Vision acted as the charitable sponsor for McCreery's Weekend Roadtrip Tour (2013). Over the course of a 2013 Major League Baseball ballpark tour, McCreery donated $50,000 to various youth baseball programs across the United States, including Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. McCreery became a National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation in February 2014. He has an active role in promoting the Foundation's arts program, supporting their fundraising efforts, and creating awareness for their vision and objectives to help the people of Newtown, Connecticut. On December 4, 2014, McCreery performed a benefit concert which raised $60,000 to the foundation. In December 2017, McCreery and other country artists recorded a charity single, a cover of Alabama's "Angels Among Us," to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. McCreery appeared on "Celebrity Family Feud" on August 5, 2018 and won $25,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Honors and awards
In 2017 McCreery received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the State of North Carolina. He received the award on stage at a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. He was nominated for the award by outgoing governor Pat McCrory and conferred the award by his replacement Roy Cooper.
|2011||Teen Choice Awards 2011||Choice Music: Breakout Artist||Scotty McCreery||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Artist of the Year: New Artist||Scotty McCreery||Won|||
|2012||Academy of Country Music Awards||Best New Artist||Scotty McCreery|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top New Artist||Scotty McCreery||Nominated|
|Top Country Album||Clear as Day|
|CMT Music Awards||USA Breakthrough Video of the Year||"The Trouble with Girls"||Won|||
|MusicRow Awards||Breakthrough Artist||Scotty McCreery||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards 2012||Choice Male Country Artist||Scotty McCreery|
|Choice TV: Male Reality Star (American Idol)||Scotty McCreery|
|2013||American Country Awards||Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist||Scotty McCreery||Won|||
|2015||BMI Country Awards||Top 50 Songs||"See You Tonight"||Won|||
|2018||BMI Country Awards||Top 50 Songs||"Five More Minutes"||Won|||
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