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Aldean and Scotty Shocking Debuts

Posted on 25 October 2012 by editor



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Big week for country music on the Billboard charts as Jason Aldean and Scotty McCreery launch jaw dropping first week album sales.

Aldean was expected to post heady numbers for first week sales of “Night Train,” featuring the multi week number one radio hit “Take A Little Ride.”   The album walks in at #1 Billboard 200 and #1 Country with over 400,000 copies sold.  For Broken Bow Records – an independent label – this is akin to hitting the jackpot.  However Aldean’s talent and career development are a testament to the feat being mostly hard work and talent over any luck.

McCreery can also add a number one feather to his hat with the debut of “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” hitting number one on the Billboard Seasonal Album Charts.   He also will surprise many as next in line after Aldean on the Country Album chart.  McCreery is number 2 with  41,000 copies sold to kick off a busy holiday season of appearances (including one brilliant booking on QVC).  Blake Shelton also has a high Profile Christmas CD competing with McCreery.

Christmas With Scotty McCreery

 

Just last October McCreery solidified his staying power with an all genres #1 first week with almost 200,00 sold of his debut album “Clear As Day,”  (now Platinum).

Now all eyes will be on Taylor Swift as she is expected to break records with her unmatched launch of “Red” her fourth studio album.

Let the Christmas shopping begin.

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Scotty Vs. Blake Christmas Battle

Posted on 17 October 2012 by Bill West



Tis the Season for a Country Christmas.

Blake Shelton ChristmasTwo of Nashville’s hottest acts have released some high profile Holiday albums. Blake Shelton who’s star continues to rise with MAXIMUM visibility on The Voice has just released the aptly titled “Cheers, It’s Christmas.”

American Idol Scotty McCreery has just released his project “Christmas With Scotty McCreery”.

Both have the potential to sell a bunch of stocking stuffers. But who will sell more?

It’s quite possible McCreery may have the edge. His debut album “Clear As Day” surprised many with a #1 Billboard debut with minimal radio play. Since then his fan base contines to swell with a high profile tour with Brad Paisley and crafty cultivating of social media fans.

Shelton has the advantage of Major network TV facetime. He’ll have lots of chances to remind millions that his album is on shelves for shopping. There’s also a probability of an NBC Christmas special (read: hour commercial).

Which album should you get? Shelton has some star packed guest vocalists on his playlist including a sweet jingle-fied version of HOME with Michael Buble. Miranda, Reba, Kelly Clarkson, Pistol Annies, and Mom Doroth Shackelford.

Blake keeps the classics fairly simple in arrangement. No big suprises but his voice sonds especially rich on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

Christmas With Scotty McCreeryMcCreery will surprise many with his his rich mature vocals (he just turned 19). He’s not afraid to showcase his deep Christian roots (as he did on Idol). It clearly rings true on his vocals and song choices. He’s crisp and clear perfection on “Mary Did You Know” and fun romps like the Elvis (big Scotty influence) version of “Santa Clause Is Back In Town.” Make sure you listen all the way to the end.

But if you only listen to one track make sure it’s the original “Christmas In Heaven.”

“Christmas In Heaven” has the chance to be a song that will stand the test of time and get Scotty some real radio airplay across all genres. The song is McCreery’s favorite too, so lets hope there’s a push for Holiday airplay.

Both albums will get big buzz this Christmas.  Time will tell what album will out sell the other.

 

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Scotty McCreery Plays Ball

Posted on 03 March 2012 by editor


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ACA New Artist Award winner Scotty McCreery is keepin’ it real as a normal Garner high school senior, despite his Idol stardom and the screaming Scotty fans during his run on Brad Paisley’s 2012 tour.

Now with weather warming up and touring schedules changing, the North Carolina native is anticipating playing baseball for his school in Garner.  He’s looking at college too. Scotty has already been accepted to East Carolina, with applications still out to North Carolina State, Belmont and Middle Tennessee State University.

Baseball is the first task at hand as his role on the Paisley tour comes to an end March 3rd in Lexington.

The attention to his hometown and highschool has – from afar – seemed somewhat normal.  That could change as the American Idol PR machine starts it’s engines for the new year.  Watch for him to appear soon on a live American Idol show(to sing his hit The Trouble with Girls or an anticipated new single from Clear As Day?)

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Scotty McCreery Presents Clear As Day – Review

Posted on 03 October 2011 by editor


Scotty McCreery

When was the last time country music had a teenage boy that had a shot at making hits?   Billy Gilman din’t have a shot like Scotty McCreery, and McCreery has delivered a super easy to listen to debut album that will please Idol fan base and SHOULD be mainstream enough to deserve substantial radio play.

McCreery has already proven himself as a draw.  So much so that he’s already inked a deal to open Brad Paisley’s tour in 2012.      On Idol it was clear to show producers from early on that Scotty had a massive following and it translated to higher Idol ratings.  On the Idol arena tour there was a good degree of Scotty mania with sold out arenas after the previous year’s lackluster attendance.     As the reigning Idol winner McCreery had an extra long set list on the tour and he sold the most merch at the tables.  He’s proving himself as more than normal teen back at school too.

With his debut album, Clear As Day, McCreery combines his surprisingly rich country pipes to some quality Nashville songwriting and producing with JUST ENOUGH High School perspective.   His voice is unique too.  Perhaps more versatile than Josh Turner or Trace Adkins.   Taylor Swift has been successful providing the voice for that age group – but there has never been a charismatic boy (a jock too!) that has had this kind of shot.

Clear As Day is a sweet slice of southern life.  Obviously handpicked by Scotty, the songs revolve around girls, mama, trucks and High School.    A breath of fresh air for Nashville.

McCreery shines on flirty fun pop country nuggets like “Write Your Number On My Hand” and “You Make That Look Good” but also soars with super vocals on the current single “The Trouble With Girls.”    The songs stand up solidly next to anything on country radio.  Do radio programmers hear it or will they need to play catch up after he drops jaws with what could be blockbuster first week sales?

Clear As Day – Track List

ILove You This Big

Clear As Day / Mecury Records

 

1. Out of Summertime
2. I Love You This Big
3. Clear as Day
4. The Trouble With Girls
5. Water Tower Town
6. Walk in the Country
7. Better Than That
8. Write My Number on Your Hand
9. Dirty Dishes
10. You Make That Look Good
11. Back on the Ground
12. That Old King James

Overall Grade:  A

Don’t Miss:  ”You Make That Look Good” – fun for all and sure to make his teenybopper fans swoon.  Also “Walk In The Country” an old Keith Urban and  the Ranch song gets new life.

 

 

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Scotty McCreery Has Country Fans Screaming

Posted on 11 August 2011 by editor

 

Scotty McCreey is trying to stay grounded.   The 2011American Idol is real country and Music Row finally has a young man to connect with fans under 40.  Here we go…  While Scotty studies American history, the 17-year-old country singer is also busy making some of his own.

Scotty McCreery

In May, he won Season Ten of American Idol, becoming the youngest male winner in the show’s nine-year history. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Scotty and runner-up Lauren Alaina. The final show garnered 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner’s name announced.

A week later, he made country music history when his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” earned the highest debut for a new artist’s first single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since at least 1984. The song, which hit the Top 20 in seven weeks, is one of the fastest-rising debut singles for a new country artist in history.

He’s recording his debut album for Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope. He recently made his Grand Ole Opry debut and performed with Josh Turner at Nashville’s LP Field during CMA Music Fest. He’s performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Today show. He is currently performing through September with the American Idols Live tour.

“I’ve always dreamed of having a career in country music,” Scotty says. “I just never thought it could happen. I had never really given myself a chance. Idol gave me the chance and I ran with it. I’m having a good time with it. It’s what I wanted to do and I’m making a career out of it.”

His debut single, “I Love You This Big,” was not only the perfect single to perform for American Idol’s finale moment, but it was a wonderful way to launch his country career. “It just thanks everybody,” he says. “You can take it to the fans, to my family or my savior Christ– ‘I love you this big.’ There are so many ways you can interpret this song, and that’s why I loved it so much, because anyone can relate to it. It fits me well and I hope I’ll be singing it for 30 years.”

Scotty’s debut album will offer the best of both worlds – traditional country with a contemporary flavor. “My music is obviously country and it has some old influences in it,” he says. “I grew up with Hank Williams and Conway Twitty. I listened to other artists like Tim McGraw and Josh Turner too, but I love a contemporary feel with an old soul in it.”

And that’s exactly how his producer, Mark Bright, describes him. “He is an old soul. It is an incredible thing, that someone that age fully understands what is before him and is completely unaffected by that. I have never seen anything like it in my life. He loves it and he understands the opportunity he’s been given and he wants to work, work, work to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Although much of the nation is already familiar with Scotty’s rich baritone voice, Mark says Scotty will reveal a few surprises on his debut album. “His voice is shockingly great,” he says. “Everybody knows Scotty has a deep voice, but what a lot of people don’t know is that he has a pretty high range. His listeners will get to hear the nuances, emotions and actual range of his voice.”

Scotty, who was born in Raleigh, N.C., and raised in Garner, N.C., grew up in a musical household with his older sister, Ashley. By age 3, he was singing “The Muffin Man” to anyone who would listen, and a few years later he was repeating the words of those around him in a song. His father, an electric systems analyst, and his mother, a real estate agent and school teacher, sang in the church choir, as did their children. “I was the first one who ventured out to do different things,” says Scotty, who performed church solos.

His grandmother gave Scotty a book on Elvis Presley when he was in pre-school, so Scotty began walking and talking like The King. His mother listened to artists such as Conway Twitty while driving, and Scotty quickly fell in love with those sounds. He still vividly remembers his first country concert, a show featuring George Strait, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack.

He began guitar lessons at age 10 and was so hooked that he started sleeping with the instrument. “I would wake up and have my guitar and my friends would be sleeping,” he says. “They would give me a look and I’d be like, ‘All right,’ and put the guitar down so they could go back to sleep. But they were really accepting of it. They would say, ‘Learn this song,’ and I would play it for them. When we became teenagers, we would drive around listening to ‘Your Cheating Heart’ and ‘Okie From Muskogee.’”

Scotty sang in his school choirs since elementary school, including the high school group that travels nationally and consistently wins competitions. His voice dropped dramatically when he was about 13. “I didn’t notice a difference, but my mom said it fell off a cliff,” he says. “There was no real cracking.”

He wasn’t happy when he remained assigned to the choir’s tenor section. “I picked him up from school one afternoon and he had a big math test,” his mother, Judy, recalls. “He said, ‘Mom, I have big news, really big news!’ I said, ‘Oh, you killed the math test.’ He said, ‘No, much bigger than that. She put me on bass in chorus!’ It was that big on his radar screen in life.”

He performed locally at Christmas events and at Bullfeathers Restaurant. His rendition of label mate Jamey Johnson’s hit “In Color” helped him win Clayton Idol and gave him the confidence to perform more frequently in public.

His parents, as well as his chorus teacher, believe something else gave Scotty the confidence to perform in public – pitching baseball. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a baseball pitcher, Scotty learned to pitch at an early age. “When you are a pitcher, all eyes are on you,” says his mother, Judy. “You have to be focused and able to handle pressure.” It turns out that Scotty is as pitch-perfect on the mound as he in onstage: in his last varsity high school game, he pitched a complete shut-out and struck out nine batters.

Of course, he had an even better season on American Idol. He was attending church camp during last summer’s American Idol auditions in Nashville, so he auditioned in Milwaukee strictly for the adventure of it all. “It was just a summer vacation for us just to see what they would say to me and what feedback I would receive,” says Scotty, who worked part time at a grocery store before the show. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be the next American Idol.”

The advice he got during American Idol is the same he’s been receiving from country legends such as Roy Clark, Mel Tillis and Charley Pride: don’t change. “The reason I made it this far is that I was real on television,” he says. “I didn’t try to be somebody I wasn’t. What you see is what you get – Scotty on TV, Scotty off of TV. I think that is why I have come this far. I don’t plan on changing. I don’t think Hollywood or Nashville will get to me.”

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Scotty Video – I Love You This Big

Posted on 10 August 2011 by editor

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Scotty McCreery on THR

Posted on 05 July 2011 by Bill West

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