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He’s earned his debut 2011 album, Clear as Day, platinum certification in the U.S., and a seat at the top Billboard charts, making him not only the youngest person to do such, but the only country singer, as well. In October 2013, he released his sophomore album, See You Tonight. After debuting as the number one Billboard country album, the album's first single, "See You Tonight", won McCreery his first Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Award for writing one of 2015's “Top 50 Country Music Songs of 2015.”
Along with many more accomplishments, the artist broadened his horizons even more, and published a book in May of 2016: "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream.”
McCreery is currently touring and preparing for his upcoming album, slated for a 2016 release. We got to talk with Scotty about the upcoming album, his book, and his biggest dream, so here’s what he had to say:
It’s been three years since you released an album and we hear you are getting ready to release a new one later this year, can you tell us a little bit about it?
I can’t wait to get new music out there. We’ve got a lot of it recorded but still have a few more songs to go. I’ve been playing a song I co-wrote called “Five More Minutes” in concert lately and the audiences seem to like it, so I hope to have that on the album. You can watch a video of me performing that song on the Grand Ole Opry during CMA Music Festival here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb8o8fgMs3A I’m pretty proud of that song.
How do you feel this album will represent your musical journey and where you are at in your career?
My albums reflect where I am in life. I was 17 years old when I recorded my first album, 19 when I recorded my second album, and I’m 22 now. People go through a lot of changes in those years, and I think each album is a good representation of me at the age I recorded it.
What is something you feel is strongly different this go-around with the new album than with previous projects?
I’ve been writing more for this album than any other project, and I love that. I’ve gotten to write with some great award-winning songwriters and that’s allowed me to learn and become more confident in my own songwriting abilities.
You’ve definitely set yourself aside from other country artists this year by publishing your first book- did you always know you wanted to write a book or was it a recent lightbulb like ‘hey I should really do this’?
Ha! I never thought I’d write a book. They actually approached me about doing one a couple of years ago and I turned it down, thinking I was too young. But I have gotten to do some amazing things in the last few years and I think I have an interesting perspective to share. So when they asked again, I agreed as long as we could view it more as a travelogue where I share stories from my journey instead of an autobiography.
What do you do to stay creative and motivated?
I’ve played sports all my life, so I’m naturally competitive and motivated. I’m always thinking about things I can do to continually move my career upward.
To stay creative, I need time away from the business with my lady and my friends. I have to recharge those batteries and just be normal every now and then. I go to the beach or the mountains whenever I have free time. I am always inspired by spending time outdoors.
I also listen to music all the time and that always inspires me. Elvis is my guy and has been since I was 5 years old. I love artists like Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Conway Twitty, George Jones, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Eric Paslay, and many more. I also love R&B legend Charlie Wilson.
If you had to chose only writing (music too, not just books) or only performing, would you be able to pick one?
It has been my dream since I was 5 years old to be a performer. I love to write music, but if I could only do one thing I think it would be performing. But I do love to write!
Do you have any up and coming country artists you really admire right now?
Gotta give a shout out to my buddy Lauren Alaina of course! I’m a big fan of Eric Paslay. I don’t know if you can call Thomas Rhett “up and coming” anymore as he’s had a fantastic year, but I’m a big fan. I think Maren Morris is great. There’s a ton of great acts out there.
If you could put together a dream tour, headlining or not, who would be on it?
Dream tour? So anyone living or dead? Man – my dream tour would be to open for Elvis Presley. And to really make it the impossible dream, I’d love to be on a mega-artist tour with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, and Charlie Wilson. That would be awesome. Can’t happen of course, but man that would be a dream come true.
If you had one goal in your music career, what would it be?
I have a ton of goals, but one of my top goals is that I hope to one day be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. If I achieve that, then I will have achieved a number of my other goals as well.
written by Dejhane Lee
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