Artist of the Week: Scotty McCreery
Starting his career from one local talent show to another, Scotty McCreery finally tried out "American Idol" in 2011 and instantly grabbed judges' attention with his deep bass voice which is unusual for his 17-year-old age. Gifted with such wonderful voice and a boyish look, he escaped all eliminations at the singing competition and took home the crown in May during the finale.
Singing Montgomery Gentry's "Gone", George Strait's "Check Yes or No" and his own debut single, Scotty beat another young contestant 16-year-old Lauren Alaina. He becomes the youngest male winner at age 17, and the second youngest winner ever behind season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, who was 17 when she won the contest in 2007.
Following his success on the "Idol", Scotty also got a big break in music industry. The teen singer scored the highest chart debut for a new artist on Billboard Country Songs chart in the SoundScan era by debuting at No. 32 on the weekly rundown with his newly-released country single "I Love You This Big".
In addition, he reached No. 1 on iTunes and No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart by selling 171,000 copies of the single. "I am humbled and shocked by this news," he said. "I can't tell you what it means to me to be on the same charts as my musical heroes. I want to thank my fans and especially country radio for their support. I continue to be amazed by everything that has happened to me in such a short time."
Gaining fame in such the young age has made Scotty draw comparison to another young singing sensation Justin Bieber. In a recent interview, he said that he's flattered but also a bit baffled by the comparison. "It's cool to be referred to him. He's a major guy right now," he said. Despite the alikeness, he, however, insisted they have two different styles.
The singer, who was recently signed to Mercury Nashville, is now looking forward to attending 2011 CMT Awards on June 8 and tour with his fellow 2011 "Idol" cast throughout the summer. To cap it all, he along with Lauren has also been booked to make his Grand Ole Opry debuts next Friday, June 10. That's six years to the day after "American Idol" 's first country winner, Carrie Underwood, first performed on the show.
Talking about his vision about his debut album, Scotty won't stray from his roots, country music. "It's gonna be a good ol' country album," he said. "I like to have that old flavor in my music, but with a contemporary feel, so we'll see where that leads me. I think it'll a good little mix." He added, "We're going to be recording our albums when we're out on tour, and it's going to be a busy time."
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