Scotty-McCreery2Scotty McCreery will be listed in the "2013 Guinness Book of World Records".

It was confirmed by the folks at Guinness that Scotty McCreery made it into the new Guinness World Records 2013 as the youngest male to enter the U.S. albums charts at #1." The event actually happened a year ago when Scotty's album "Clear As Day" debuted at #1 in October of 2011, when he was 17.

Fans of American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will be receiving an early Christmas gift in October.


McCreery will release his new album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, on October 16th which will feature traditional holiday songs as well as two new original tracks.


"Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year," he says. "And what is Christmas without music? We start listening to Christmas songs early in the McCreery household, so it felt right. I've always wanted to record a Christmas album since I've had my music career.


"It's a special thing for me," he says. "As a family, we were all really excited about making a Christmas album. Now we can add my CD to the collection we listen to."


Christmas with Scotty McCreery, an 11-song collection produced by Mark Bright, follows his debut album, Clear As Day.


McCreery's goal for his Christmas album was to create a body of work that makes people feel good and celebrate the birth of Jesus. "I just wanted it to be holly and jolly and really lift people's spirits in the Christmas season because it's supposed to be a really happy time. But I also wanted to get across the real reason for the season. 'Christmas in Heaven' is my favorite song on the album and it really speaks to that."


Of course, the album embraces the traditional country sound for which McCreery has become known, but he also stretches his boundaries a bit to showcase songs with a more rocking feel, like "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," and even create a musical atmosphere reminiscent of the Rat Pack on some songs.


"There will be some songs that sound like a different Scotty – not different as far as not country, but a different sound than they heard on the first album. Hopefully, they will be pleasantly surprised."


He says deciding which songs to record was the most difficult part of the process because there are so many great Christmas standards. "I knew of a few that I just had to do, like 'Mary, Did You Know?' and 'The First Noel.' Then we heard some originals that blew me away and it was a no-brainer to put them on the album. When I heard 'Christmas in Heaven,' I listened to the first verse and automatically said, 'You can stop it. That is on the album.'


"The other new song is called 'Christmas Is Coming Around,'" he says. "That's just a great story about Christmas time and really just lifting people's spirits. Times may be tough, but during Christmas, it needs to be a happy time."


Standards on the album include "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Let It Snow," "The Christmas Song" and "O Holy Night." "With me being such a huge Elvis fan, I had to have one Elvis song, so I chose 'Santa Claus Is Back in Town.'"






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Garner native and "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery will perform Sept. 18 during the Triple-A National Championship game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, officials announced Tuesday.

McCreery will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.

The game will pit the champions of the Pacific Coast League and the International League against each other. 

Tickets, which start at $7, are on sale now through the Durham Bulls website.

SCOTTYScotty McCreery is like any eighteen year old who has mixed feelings leaving home and great excitement of the college experience. He will not be living in the college dorms due to his performance schedule. As far as academic scheduling he will be taking classes only for two days a week. He recently tweeted about moving near campus.

On Wednesday, writing, “been a good couple days getting settled in to college.. but now its time for a good weekend of shows!”

The singer is attending his father’s alma mater, North Carolina State 

The college rep said that they have never had freshman come into North Carolina State University so well known initially.  

The sure thing is that it will be interesting to all of his fans of his adventure with college and a great Country Music  career.

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Scotty McCreery’s life has been a whirlwind since winning season 10 of American Idol. Before a recent show in Bay City, Michigan, Scotty talked with MLive about how being crowned an Idol by fans has changed his life .

“I went from being an average teenager working at a grocery store in the country, playing music every night and doing what I loved,” he said. “It’s been a huge blessing — I learned a lot of things last year about the industry and about myself. My life has changed, but I think the person I am pretty much stayed the same.”

Growing up in the small town of Garner, North Carolina helped shape Scotty into the young man he is now. His upbringing also helps him stay grounded now that he’s become a household name in the country music genre.

“I think it’s helped me out a lot as a person,” he said. “I grew up with a good family, a good church and good morals, and I can’t say enough about how great and supportive my hometown has been. It’s been fun to tour around the country, but I’ll try to take a few days off between shows sometimes to go back home.”

Scotty is currently on Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour. After graduating from high school in the spring, he has plans to continue his education this fall. He thinks he’s worked it out to where he’ll be able to continue balancing both music and his studies.

“I’m planning on continuing to work on my music, definitely,” he said. “I’m going to college (North Carolina State University) in the fall, and I scheduled my classes mostly for Monday and Wednesday so I can reserve Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do as many shows as I can in the fall. It’ll be different and I’ll have to get used to it, but I think it’ll work. We’ll see.”

Scotty will also release a Christmas album this fall — and he’s already hard at work on his second studio album.

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ScottMccreery-112511Of course, Scotty McCreery's life was turned upside down when he won American Idol. That's a given, and you really have to be ready for that massive change when you first step in front of the judge's table. But fortunately for McCreery, who seems to have a good head on his shoulders, he is still the same guy he was before. "My life has changed, but I think the person I am pretty much stayed the same," he told the M Live website before he played a show in Michigan last week. "I went from being an average teenager working at a grocery store in the country, to playing music every night and doing what I loved. It's been a huge blessing. I learned a lot of things last year about the industry and about myself." He credits good family, good church, good morals and a small hometown with helping him stay grounded. In a couple of weeks, McCreery will be starting his first year of college at North Carolina State University, with most classes on Mondays and Wednesdays so that his Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for touring.

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