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Congratulations to Scotty!  The RIAA has issued GOLD certification for
Christmas With Scotty McCreery.

Scotty's 11-song album features two originals as well as holiday classics and is available autographed in the Scotty Fans store!

11871096-smallScotty McCreery got an early start on the holiday concert season, belting out a couple of seasonal songs at the MassMutual Center on Friday in the venue’s sold-out Exhibition Hall with more than 1,000 fans in attendance.

The North Carolina native came to prominence as the winner of the tenth season of “American Idol” and has scored country hits with songs “I Love You This Big,” and “The Trouble With Girls.” He recently released a holiday-themed recording called “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” that features standards like “Let It Snow,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The concert was promoted by country radio station KIX 100.9 FM, making it the station’s second successful show at the downtown venue in less than five days. The annual “Concert for Kids” to benefit St. Jude’s was held on Monday night and featured performances from Lonestar and Colt Ford.

McCreery’s performance served as a benefit for the Pioneer Valley USO.
Billed as “Scotty McCreery and Friends”, the evening included an opening set from another “American Idol” alum Kristy Lee Cook, a top ten finisher on the seventh season of the show and a performance from country singer Josh Thompson.

While the audience was politely seated for the opening sets they collectively stood (and screamed) for McCreery when he hit the stage with his five-piece band. Despite the subtle holiday theme (there were wreaths hanging around the stage), and McCreery’s new holiday release, the set was heavy on country and light on Christmas.

He led his band through “Walk in the Country,” and “I Love You This Big,” while adding a few bars of the Josh Turner song “Your Man,” that got his “Idol” competition underway. He also paid homage to George Strait with “Check Yes or No,” another song from his television stint.

McCreery offered up four songs from his Christmas album starting with “Let It Snow,” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” followed by the original “Christmas in Heaven,” and a take on Elvis Presley’s version of “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”

He switched gears with an acoustic “Letters to Home,” leaving the Christmas fare behind as he began a string of songs that included Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” his own hit “The Trouble with Girls,” and “Water Tower Town.”

He closed out his 55-minute performance with a cover of Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone.” He did not come out for an encore.

Kix Brooks, Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, Gloriana, Josh Thompson, and Jason Michael Carroll

Curtis Media Group announced today the addition of a charity concert, dubbed “Country for Kids,” to the eleventh annual N.C. Children’s Promise Radiothon/Telethon. All proceeds from this event will benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Presented by 94.7 QDR, Country for Kids will feature live performances from six artists: Kix Brooks, Scotty McCreery, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Gloriana and Jason Michael Carroll. The concert event will be the celebratory culminations of a day full of miraculous stories being broadcast live from the N.C. Children’s Hospital lobby on nearly 20 Curtis Media Group radio stations and Time Warner Cable’s News 14 Carolina as part of the N.C. Children’s Promise Radiothon/Telethon, UNC Health Care’s largest fundraising event each year.

Tickets to QDR Country for Kids start at $50 and will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com, DPACnc.com or 919-680-2787. Limited VIP packages are also available for a premium price and will include choice seating in front of the stage and a pre-concert reception with various performers from the evening. Please contact the N.C. Children’s Promise office at 919-843-3948 for additional information or to purchase a package.  Click here for tickets and more information!

Brand Offers Fans Free Song Download
from Scotty’s New Christmas Album

Scotty-McCreery2Say the word “Southern” and two things probably come to mind: Southern food and country music. Now two icons representing those great Southern traditions are joining forces as Bojangles’ announces a new partnership with country music star and American Idol® winner Scotty McCreery.

Famous for serving quality Southern classics and breakfast all day, Bojangles’ today unveils a new ad campaign featuring the popular star from Garner, N.C. The new TV and radio spots will highlight the craveable menu items that set Bojangles’ apart while also showcasing the deep Southern roots that have made both McCreery and Bojangles’ such fan favorites.

As part of the exclusive partnership with Bojangles’, a free song download from McCreery’s new album – Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which hit stores Oct. 16 and debuted at number four on the Billboard albums chart – will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 26. Cards with a unique code will be available in all Bojangles’ restaurants, allowing guests to visit a download site and choose one of three classic holiday songs – “First Noel,” “Jingle Bells” or “O Holy Night.”

“I’m proud to partner with a great Southern brand like Bojangles’ that’s been such a big part of my life growing up in the Carolinas,” said McCreery, who took the entertainment world by storm in 2011 by winning the 10th season of the popular TV show at the age of 17. “It’s always ‘Bo Time’ to me whether I’m on the road or at home, and I’m excited to bring that same spirit to other fans who crave the unmistakable taste and quality of Bojangles’ as much as I do.”

The campaign features two 30-second TV spots. The first, “Show Time,” shows McCreery backstage before a concert with his band enjoying Bojangles’ chicken, biscuits and fixin’s from a Big Bo Box, perfect for tailgating, office parties or family get-togethers. When the stage manager comes to tell the band it’s show time, Scotty promptly corrects him with three simple words: “It’s Bo Time!”

The second spot, “Bojangles’ Town,” is a remix of McCreery’s hit song “Water Tower Town” and includes a montage of traditional Southern scenes – a high school football game, an old fire truck, and enjoying a meal at Bojangles’.

In addition to the television ads, McCreery lent his voice to a series of radio commercials and a variety of in-store merchandising elements, including posters and counter cards. The TV and radio spots will appear in select Bojangles’ markets throughout the company’s 10-state footprint, which extends from the mid-Atlantic across the South to Mississippi.

“Bojangles’ and Scotty share a unique Southern style, and we’re excited to come together in such a big way with this campaign and exclusive offer for our fans,” said Bojangles’ Senior Vice President of Marketing Randy Poindexter. “I’m especially proud to partner with a young man who embodies the same values of community and family that are the heart of the Bojangles’ culture.”

McCreery’s love of Bojangles’ was well documented throughout the filming of Idol: he was seen in a well-worn “It’s Bo Time!” t-shirt during taping, and his family surprised him with his favorite Bojangles’ meal during his homecoming episode before returning to Los Angeles for the finals.

Since becoming the show’s first country male winner and its youngest male winner in any genre, McCreery quickly emerged as the most successful new country artist of the last year. He won New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, and won the same award at the American Country Awards in December. He also won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble With Girls” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. He was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011 and recently wrapped up his tour with Brad Paisley’s “Virtual Reality Tour 2012” presented by Chevrolet.

Scotty recently released Christmas With Scotty McCreery, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Seasonal Albums chart with over 40,000 albums sold in the first week. His first studio album, Clear As Day, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. Scotty has continued to perform and record while juggling the demands of pursuing an undergraduate degree at N.C. State University.

For more information on Bojangles’, visit www.Bojangles.com. For more information on Scotty McCreery, go to www.scottymccreery.com.

About Bojangles’
Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. serves all of its proprietary menu items, such as made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, Legendary Iced Tea™, delicious fixin’s and specially seasoned, never frozen fried chicken. Bojangles’ boasts more than 500 locations in 10 states, primarily in the Southeast, and the District of Columbia as well as two international restaurants. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Scotty McCreery & Olympic Gold Medalist, Shawn Johnson presented the Vocal Group of the Year award to Little Big Town at the 46th Annual CMA Awards Ceremony.

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Courtesy of Taste of Country >> By: Sterling Whitaker  

Scotty McCreery

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Scotty McCreery is in a good spot right now. The 19-year-old fast-rising country star’s debut album ‘Clear as Day’ went platinum, no doubt bolstered by the burst of publicity he received after winning ‘American Idol’ in 2011. In the last year, he has finished high school, started college, and toured all over the country, and he recently released his first Christmas album, the aptly-titled ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery.’

McCreery spoke to Taste of Country recently about his Christmas album, what he wants to do differently with his upcoming second studio record, how he balances his college classes and career and more. The deep-voiced singer’s success and earnest manner belie his youth, but despite an innate maturity beyond his years, McCreery acknowledged that in some ways he’s just a normal kid, saying, “Eventually, I’m gonna mess up.”

ToC: What makes a Christmas album so important to you right now? The industry’s generally accepted wisdom would say that it’s a bit early in your career for an album like that.

Scotty McCreery: It’s definitely early for a Christmas album in the country music world. A lot of people wait until they’re far down in their careers. For me, it’s just kind of another step where I’m growing as an artist. We talked about this for about a year now, and we finally got the okay to do it from the label, and everybody supports that. I was pumped up when they said yes.

I think it’s a good move. I think I’m going to have a lot more time to grow and take my time with my true sophomore album after ‘Clear as Day’ and really find the right songs. You know, in the last year I’ve won awards, I’ve had sold out shows across the country, but I haven’t had that big radio hit yet. So that’s my mission right now. So I’ve got to go out there and try to find it.

You’ve said that your family is steeped in a tradition of Christmas music. Have you ever been door-to-door caroling?

I’ve done it with my church a couple of times when I was younger. I haven’t done it in years. But we’d go as a youth group, we’d go caroling around neighborhoods close to the church, for sure. Definitely.

Your mom and dad can also sing. Any chance of them maybe joining you on stage at some point for a Christmas song?

That could happen. It’s definitely in the realm of possibility. You know, the whole family — even my sister — likes to sing, so that’s definitely in the possibilities. It would have been great to have them on the record if we’d have just had a little more time, we could have thought about it a little more.

Which song from the new album do you feel the most personal connection with, and why?

I would say ‘Christmas in Heaven,’ just because I was thinking about my grandfather, who passed on a few years ago. And I think a lot of people are going to have a personal connection with that song — really be touched by it, hopefully.

The other one is probably ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town,’ just because I was such a huge Elvis fanatic when I was growing up, and I listened to his music and was influenced by him. So it was really cool for me to be able to have an Elvis Presley song on this record.

How is college going for you?

So far, so good. I’m enjoying it. For me, my number one priority always has to be the music, and I’m going to work school around my music — not music around my school. And so far I’ve got classes Monday and Wednesday, and then Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday I’m hitting the road, and it’s working out great.

Is balancing classes and your music career easier or more difficult than you might have figured?

So far, it’s not been that difficult. I’m not exactly taking Advanced Chemistry right now. So far, it hasn’t been horrible. I’ve just had to have better time management on the road. Instead of sitting down for an hour playing Xbox, I have to sit down and study or write a paper. That just comes with growing up and maturing. As long as I can do that, I think this whole college thing is going to be easy. If I just wait until 5AM when something’s due in the morning, then that might kill me, but we’ll see.

Have any of your classmates or professors asked you for an autograph?

I’ve had classmates ask, but at school I try and stay away from that. Not so much because I don’t want to — I mean, I’d love to sit there and sign for everybody, but when I’m at school, I’m a student, and I don’t want to take away from anybody else’s education, and I don’t want to take away from mine. I’m not going there to be Scotty McCreery the celebrity in my math class. I’m going there to actually learn the course and get a degree. So they’ve asked, and I respect that, but for the most part I try and stay away from that at college.

What kind of a degree are you shooting for ultimately?

Right now I’m in the major of communications with a focus on public relations, but I’ll probably switch that to media. For me, a lot of times in the media I’m on this side of things; I’m being interviewed, or I’m seeing it from this side of things. So it’d be cool for me to see the other side of things, understand how it works. I think it’ll give me an interesting perspective.

For me it’s not one hundred percent just about the degree. It’s about actually being at college, having the experience, learning about life and growing up. I’m 19 right now. I still want to have these years. I still have relationships back home, and I’m loving every minute of it on the road, but I’m not gonna totally forget about that. It’s important to me.

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