scoty article story mainScotty McCreery fans can expect a little Christmas cheer from the Season 10 “American Idol” champ this year.

Though it’s sweltering in Nashville, McCreery has been getting his holiday spirit on and is recording a Christmas album.  Though his label, Mercury Nashville, has been mum on the subject, McCreery spilled the beans on Thursday when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Santa cap and wrote, “Well, it’s still 90 some degrees outside, but it’s Christmas in July here in the studio.”

Though the tweet has since come down, reported that singer/songwriter Nick Autry had tweeted that all the Christmas decorations to make McCreery feel festive in the studio were now stored in his office. Further proof!

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Breakout country star Scotty McCreery announced that he’s in the studio working on his next album in a post to Twitter Monday morning. “Back in the studio today! Im so pumped about this!” the singer tweeted just before 11AM.

The 2011 ‘American Idol’ winner’s debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ went platinum and and scored two Top 20 hits, but he’s made it clear that he intends to try to push himself in new directions on his sophomore effort. McCreery has been writing some of his own songs for the next album, working with some of Nashville’s top writers.

“I was never a huge writer growing up, but it’s definitely growing,” McCreery told Taste of Country a few weeks ago. “I think now, getting a chance to be around those guys, it’s starting to develop.”

The young star, who’s currently on tour with Brad Paisley, has been working on songs while on the road. “It’s been great — we’ve had a writer’s bus come out and follow us on the road sometimes, and I’ve kind of gone back and forth from there and just writing some tunes, and writing some of my own back home,” McCreery told On The Red Carpet. “So we’ll see what I’ll get on there, and how many – I don’t know. But it’s kind of fun — it’s more creative and more unique for me that way.”

Of course, that’s not the only thing on the singer’s plate these days. The recent high school graduate will head off to college in the fall, but he makes it clear that he’ll continue with music. “Oh, of course – this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” he said in an interview in June.

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The one thing lacking on Scotty McCreery‘s debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ is anything penned by the young star. But with his sophomore project, McCreery hopes to change that.

Just in the past year of being involved with the country music industry after winning ‘American Idol,’ McCreery has already seen a huge difference in the songwriting craft, which has a lot to do with the amazing and talented writers in Nashville.

“I was never a huge writer growing up, but it’s definitely growing,” McCreery tells Taste of Country. “I think now, getting a chance to be around those guys, it’s starting to develop.”

This summer, McCreery’s touring life is as crazy as ever, opening up for Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality Tour. Quick fix to that? Send songwriters to McCreery! “We’re going to have a songwriting bus go out on some of the dates,” McCreery reveals. “Some of the guys from Nashville will follow us on the road so in our spare time we can write, and [I'll also] find a few days for me to go to Nashville [to write] as well, so I’m excited. It will be the first time for me to have a cut of mine on the album.”

That is unless another song wins him over even stronger. “In the end, I need to let the best song win, whether I write it or somebody else writes it,” says McCreery. “For me, it’s better to be effective than original, you know? I want to effect peoples lives in a positive way and really make an impact on it. Whatever song does that the most, we’ll go with that song.”

Click here for a full list of dates where the Virtual Reality Tour will be stopping, and stay tuned to Taste of Country for our exclusive chat with McCreery!


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Scotty McCreery has opened up about his plans for the future and about the subject matter he hopes to tackle on his second album. The 18-year-old American Idol champ says that though he'll go to college in the fall, he's committed to a music career.

"This is what I want to do for the rest of my life," McCreery tells Billboard. "It's getting to be . . . I don't want to say a job, but it's getting to be like that. I'm taking it seriously. But I love it."

He adds, "I love entertaining. If I wasn't on (Idol) I would've tried to head to Nashville and make it the traditional way."

As far as his new material goes, McCreery says that he plans to push away from doing sad country ballads:

"I don't want to get caught up in the sappy love songs; those are important, but I want them to get a feel for who I am as an artist and sing about real things in life," he explains.


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The sun shone brightly this afternoon as it warmed the 4,000 people at Indian Ranch for the sold-out show of Season 10 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery. 

An excited New England audience ranging from children to teenage girls to grandparents decked out in Southern flair to watch the 18-year-old heartthrob perform songs from his debut album.

The show began at 2 p.m. with Tim Charron singing “God Bless America” to celebrate the first of two Fourth of July weekends. Then came Massachusetts native Jacy Dawn to kick off the show in her metallic high-heeled boots and subtle Nashville twang.

Not long after she exclaimed how hot it was before leaving the stage, the breezes started blowing, the skies became gray and the high-pitched screams for McCreery turned into reactions to the lightening bolts striking from across the lake. People in the undercover area looked pleasantly as the boats parked offshore on Webster Lake, their occupants initially ready to enjoy a swim and a free show, fled the scene. Unprotected people in the general admission seats looked up at the sky anxiously, hoping to stay dry.

Once McCreery’s band’s instruments were set up, the audience was told that the show would be postponed for a little while until the “Mother Nature’s special effects” eased up. But this didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the audience.

The stage crew covered equipment, spectators got refills on their drinks and chanted “Scotty, Scotty” over the country music that was playing as a filler. When McCreery came out just after 4 p.m., ear-piercing screams could be heard all around as virtually everyone stood up and those who were outside the performance area quickly shuffled back to their seats.

McCreery strolled onto the stage to join his five band members, most of whom were clad in plaid, and jumped right into the song “Walk In The Country” as bright yellow, orange and red lights flashed behind him. It seemed that though the skies were still dark, the sun was back. He whipped out his red-rimmed guitar for the next song as he shuffled round the stage punctuating with a subtle but signature leg kick.

Girls screamed. Women in pink tank tops with McCreery’s face screen-printed on them clapped, waved and held up signs saying “I love you this big.” And McCreery took a moment to catch his breath and reassure the audience that they made the right decision by staying.

“We don’t care about any rain. We don’t care about any weather. We’re not going to let that stop us,” he said. Cheers filled the stands as boats began to slowly fill up the lake again.

And with that, he sang his American Idol finale song, “I Love You This Big.” As the audience swayed in unison with the trees, they flung their arms open wide to let McCreery know that they loved him that much back.

His covers of songs by country favorites like George Straight, John Michael Montgomery, Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt seemed to have every mouth at Indian Ranch moving and singing, as did a song of his own called “The Trouble With Girls.”

The clouds moved out as the high-energy show went on. It was the first sellout of the season for Indian Ranch, according to Manager Dick Parent.

And it’s not hard to see why. McCreery’s genuine sincerity made him somehow even more likable, as he lost track of his words while talking about how thankful he was to be there and dropped the cordless microphone before singing his new single, “Water Tower Town.” His confidence and stage presence were well beyond his years, which is probably why women and men alike in the audience looked simply giddy.

During his encore song, a cover of Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone,” the speakers cut out for one verse and then the last chorus, but even that could not spoil the attitudes of fans who were determined to have fun and see McCreery live. And after that very fitting song, they were gone, and so were all the gray clouds.