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article imageScotty McCreery talks 'Feelin' It,' headlining tour and music Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 2, 2014 in Music
Country singer Scotty McCreery chatted about his latest radio single "Feelin' It," sophomore CD, and he reflected about the successes of his music career.
He was the winner of the tenth season of the reality singing competition, American Idol.
McCreery's debut album, the platinum-selling Clear As Day, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts, making him the first country artist, as well as the youngest artist, to do so with their first studio effort.
His sophomore album See You Tonight was yet another critical success, since it became his second consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts. "That felt pretty awesome to see that and to hear those stats, and to know that the fans are still digging it," McCreery said.
The CD features his lead single and Top 10 hit "See You Tonight," which he co-wrote with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell. "That song came from real life," he admitted. "I am not the guy that can write from imagination. It was a pretty real story to write about, and a lot of people can relate to it. That's country music: writing story songs that folks can relate to."
The song's music video for "See You Tonight" spent an astonishing 11 weeks at the top of GAC's Top 20 Countdown, which is fan-voted. "It is always pretty cool to see your video sit at No. 1 for that long," he said.
McCreery's new single "Feelin' It" is making its way up the Billboard Country charts. "I'm excited about the song and hopefully, it catches on. It is a summertime jam which is something I am really happy for," he said.
"We are doing something different with this tune. It's one of those songs that puts you in a good mood, even if you have had a bad day," he explained. "So far, the fans are having a good time, so it has been great."
Most recently, on May 15, McCreery returned to his alma mater, American Idol, and performed "Feelin' It." "That was awesome. It's always good for me to get back there and see everybody. It's like a family reunion to be on that show. It's fun seeing the judges and producers and everybody backstage. Idol is still one of the top shows out there, so it's a great launching pad for a new single," he said.
McCreery is on his first-ever "See You Tonight" headlining tour, which runs through the end of the summer. "It has been great. The fans have been awesome and they have been showing up. We are selling out a lot of shows, and that is all that we could ask for," he said. "We have been having a great time and the fans are as well. I couldn't be more excited and more proud of what we are doing out there on the road. It has been a lot of fun."
A North Carolina native, McCreery has been honored as "Best New Artist" by such organizations as the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the American Country Awards (ACAs) and the CMT Music Awards; moreover, in 2013, he earned the "Mainstream Country Male Artist" award at the ICM Faith, Family & Country Music awards. "That was really exciting. I get pretty pumped up when I hear my name called. Awards are not what we are going for, but they acknowledge the fact that folks are liking it, so it's always nice," he said.
The 20 year-old country singer admitted that being out on the road is taking over his life. "We are on the road a lot, and we are promoting this new single. As soon as it finishes up, we will hop back in the studio, where we will make our third album. It's going to be a busy year for us, but we are excited about it," he said.
Aside from his musical endeavors, McCreery serves as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation, an organization whose mission is to build and operate a Performing Arts Centre in Newtown, Connecticut, to memorialize and honor the lives lost in the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. "They are great folks there that experienced a terrible tragedy, and we are trying to help heal and we are trying to make a terrible thing into a more positive one by building a Performing Arts Centre and get all the kids involved in that, since we want there to reach their full potential," he said. "Performing arts is a great way to do that, since it takes your mind off a lot of things, and it helps you grow as a person. It seems to really be doing a lot of great things up there."
He listed fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes as his dream female duet choices. "They are both great country music artists," he said.
For more information on Scotty McCreery and his new music, visit his official website.
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