Packapalooza 2013: Scotty McCreery, coach Dave Doeren and Chancellor Randy Woodson
Scotty McCreery Goes Back To School
He may be a big man on campus. But former “American Idol” star Scotty McCreery says he wants his peers at North Carolina State to look at him as just another student. He is a sophomore at the school this year – and says he is more at ease than he was during his first year. He’s to perform Saturday at Welcome Week for the school.
Scotty McCreery doesn’t want to be treated any differently than other students at North Carolina State University this fall. The “American Idol” winner returns to campus as a sophomore this year.
While he could take online courses and be out on the road playing his music, Scotty prefers to experience campus life and only go out for concert dates on the weekend.
Students might find it hard to treat Scotty as anything other than a celebrity this weekend, however. The singer will perform Saturday at Welcome Week festivities at the school.
Scotty recently announced that he was extending his fall tour through November. His ticket sales have been great, and the singer is overwhelmed. He says to sell out shows as a new artist is really amazing to him.
SCOTTY MCCREERY ADDS FALL DATES TO HIS SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND ROADTRIP TOUR 2013
Looks like country music's favorite college student will be taking more weekend road trips this fall. Due to the success of Scotty McCreery’s Weekend RoadTrip Tour 2013, a fall run has been announced and new VIP Experiences have been added! Login to the online store on www.scottyfans.com to see which shows are available.
The platinum-selling country artist had multiple sell-outs and more dates have been added through the end of 2013 to meet demand. With more than 150 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, McCreery has become a fan favorite appealing to all ages.
"To have a sell-out as a new artist is really amazing for me," says McCreery. "To have people want to come out and see our show means a lot. When you hear it is a sell-out, it hypes you up even more. We couldn't be happier with the way it is going. It's 90 high-energy minutes of new material and country classics combined with video, lights and fan interaction.”
The show includes his gold-selling hits, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble With Girls," from his record-setting debut album Clear As Day. McCreery also features new material from his upcoming album being released this fall, as well as classics from artists who influenced him, such as Elvis, Garth Brooks and George Strait.
After winning Season Ten of American Idol, Scotty immediately established himself as one of the hottest new stars in country music, earning both a platinum and gold album before turning 20. He has sold an impressive 1.6 million albums in less than two years.
His debut album was the best -selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011 and secured his position as the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
That album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of one million in just 13 weeks. The first two singles from the album were each certified gold. In 2012, his Christmas album was also certified gold. He was named Top New Artist by Billboard and won best new artist awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Country Awards, and the CMT Awards.
He co-wrote his current single, "See You Tonight," which is climbing the charts. He is in the studio now with Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins) finishing his sophomore studio album. McCreery is also beginning his sophomore year at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
The Weekend Roadtrip tour dates will be included in McCreery's fall schedule below. Fans can also meet McCreery by selecting his VIP Experience at select shows. Check www.ScottyMcCreery.com for more info:
NEW FALL TOUR DATES
Aug. 9--Hyannis, MA/Melody Tent
Aug. 10--Webster, MA/ Indian Ranch
Aug. 11--Cohassett, MA Melody Tent
Aug. 13--Long Island, NY/Emporium
Sept. 1--Manteo, N.C./RI Festival Park
Sept. 6--Madera, CA/ Madera District Fair
Sept. 7--Oroville, CA/Gold Country
Sept. 13--Council Bluffs, IA/Harrah’s
Sept. 14--Spencer, IA/Clay County Fair
Sept. 20--Shippensburg, PA/ Luhrs Performing Arts Ctr
Sept. 21--Baltimore, MD/Ramshead Live
Oct. 4--Salem, VA/Salem Civic Center
Oct. 5--Cherokee, N.C./Harrah’s
Oct. 21-22--Raleigh, NC/NC State Fair
Oct. 26--Troy, Ohio/Hobart Arena
Nov. 1--Danville, KY/Newlin Hall
Nov. 14—Austin, TX/Waller Cre
Nov. 15--Winnie, TX/Nutty Jerry’s
Nov. 22-23--Lincoln City, OR/Chinook
Scotty Fan Club Tickets - NC State Fair
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Concert Review: Scotty McCreery
Making his Craven Country Jamboree debut, American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery showed he belonged and then some on the big outdoor stage Sunday night.
Introduced by a backing track and recordings of him being announced as winner of Idol, and various other awards, McCreery bolted down the stage, starting with Rock This Night off his upcoming sophomore record. Dressed in a tight-black T-shirt, blue jeans, and a medium-sized crucifix hanging from a silver chain around his neck, the 19-year old North Carolinian earned a hearty welcome from the Craven faithful.
With a notoriety larger than his musical catalogue, the North Carolina State student stuck to a number of upbeat tracks off his debut Clear as Day, some new singles off its yet unnamed followup, and smattering of covers to keep things peppy. Even when he did throw in the odd ballad, his vocal chops were more than enough to keep all eyes glued on the youthful entertainer.
His set was largely flawless as his backing band was top notch, and McCreery has a vocal maturity that exceeds his years. He’s fortunate to have such a mature singing voice at such a young age, as he’ll be able to refine it further as he builds on his career.
Noting his time on Idol, before covering the George Strait hit Check Yes or No, McCreery stated, “During American Idol they kept wanting to do songs like Lady Gaga. I was like, ‘What the heck?’ Finally about Week 7, I told those producers I am country. Here’s a song by the King of Country, George Strait.” The 61-year old Texan would have approved of the rendition.