Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery

Scotty
McCreery
Clear
As
Day
Biography
Clear
As
Day
is
the
perfect
title
for
Scotty
McCreery’s
debut
country
album
because
this
impressive
collection
of
songs
clearly
and
vividly
captures
who
Scotty
is
as
an
artist
and
a
young
man.
America
fell
in
love
with
Scotty
in
2011
when
he
appeared
on
American
Idol
and
immediately
made
a
name
for
himself
with
his
deep
and
undeniably
country
voice,
strong
sense
of
self,
small-­‐town
roots,
and
unwavering
integrity
and
conviction.
In
May,
he
won
Season
Ten
of
American
Idol
when
a
record-­‐breaking
122.4
million
votes
were
cast
for
the
finale
and
nearly
39
million
people
tuned
in
to
see
the
winner’s
name
announced.
The
album’s
debut
single,
“I
Love
You
This
Big,”
became
a
Top
15
hit
and
enjoyed
the
highest-­‐charting
debut
for
a
new
artist
since
at
least
1984,
while
the
video
for
the
song
hit
No.
1
in
just
a
week
after
its
release.
He
recorded
his
debut
album
while
starring
in
the
American
Idols
Live!
Tour,
which
Pollstar
ranked
as
one
of
the
nation’s
Top
15
tours.
Scotty
is
pleased
that
he
was
able
to
accomplish
the
goals
he
had
set
for
his
debut
album.
“I
wanted
to
make
sure
people
could
hear
me
through
the
songs
they
were
listening
to,”
he
says.
“On
American
Idol,
I
always
told
them,
‘What
you
see
is
what
you
get.
Scotty
on
the
show
is
Scotty
off
the
show.
I’m
the
same
guy
onstage
and
offstage.’
“On
this
album,
I
wanted
them
to
make
sure
they
really
got
who
I
am,
how
I
grew
up
in
Garner,
N.C.,
and
what
I
am
all
about,”
he
says.
“It
was
also
really
important
to
me
to
keep
some
of
the
traditional
elements
of
country
music
in
it,
to
remember
where
country
came
from,
and
I
think
we
did
that.
I
hope
that
the
people
who
listen
to
this
record
will
see
that
and
appreciate
it
and
really
see
exactly
who
I
am.”
And
who
he
is,
says
the
album’s
producer,
Mark
Bright,
is
an
amazing
singer
with
tremendous
vocal
control
and
depth.
“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.”
While
recording
the
album,
Scotty
was
driven
by
the
desire
to
blend
the
best
of
both
musical
worlds

classic
and
contemporary

to
create
a
fresh
sound
that
is
simultaneously
new
and
timeless.
“It’s
got
some
true
country
songs
that
have
a
contemporary
feel,
like
‘The
Trouble
With
Girls,’”
he
says.
“But
there
are
some
songs,
like
‘Clear
As
Day’
or
‘That
Old
King
James,’
that
have
that
old
country
feel
to
it,
that
country
that
I
grew
up
idolizing
and
listening
to,
like
Hank
Williams
and
Conway
Twitty
and
Merle
Haggard
and
Johnny
Cash.
I
think
this
album
has
a
good
mix.”
Clear
As
Day
explores
the
big
philosophies
and
small
details
that
define
life
in
America,
especially
the
small
towns
that
can
sometimes
feel
confining
to
teens
with
a
powerful
wanderlust
for
places
unseen.
With
songs
such
as
“Out
of
Summertime,”
“Write
My
Number
On
Your
Hand”
and
“You
Make
That
Look
Good,”
the
album
depicts
the
intoxicating
excitement
of
the
coming-­‐of-­‐
age
years,
such
as
the
anticipation
of
Friday
nights,
the
intrigue
of
meeting
a
pretty
girl
and
the
thrill
of
exchanging
class
rings.
The
album
is
a
collection
of
appealing
songs
with
universal
themes,
whether
they’re
exploring
topics
such
as
girls,
family
dinners
or
the
Bible.
“I
chose
these
songs
because
they
mean
a
lot
to
me,
but
I
think
everybody
can
also
relate
to
them,”
Scotty
says.
For
instance,
“Water
Tower
Town”
talks
about
working
hard
and
living
right
in
a
place
where
word
travels
fast
and
wheels
turn
slow.
The
chorus
says,
“Friday
night
football
is
king/
Sweet
tea
goes
good
with
anything/
Nobody
eats
‘til
you
say
amen/
And
everybody
knows
your
mom
and
them/
You
can
see
who
loves
who
for
miles
around/
In
a
water
tower
town.”
Says
Scotty,
“It
reminds
me
so
much
of
my
hometown,
where
growing
up
meant
Friday
night
football
games,”
he
says.
“Everything
in
that
song
screams
my
hometown
of
Garner.”
The
vivid
title
track
is
a
cautionary
tale
about
the
dangers
of
teenage
driving.
“The
town
next
to
Garner,
N.C.,
had
a
lot
of
teenage
driving
deaths
in
the
last
few
years,
and
‘Clear
As
Day’
talks
about
that
in
a
powerful
way,”
he
says.
“It
has
a
great
message
and
a
great
feel,
and
I
could
really
relate
to
it.
It
tells
the
story
of
a
guy
waiting
on
his
girl
after
a
Friday
night
football
game
and
they
go
to
a
party
and
it’s
raining.
After
the
party,
he
walks
her
to
his
brother’s
Silverado
and
she
says
she’ll
call
him
the
next
day,
but
it’s
a
call
she
never
got
to
make.”
The
album’s
second
single,
“The
Trouble
With
Girls,”
describes
the
knee-­‐buckling
power
women
have
over
men
as,
“they
bat
those
eyes/they
steal
you
with
hello/
they
kill
you
with
goodbye.”
“It’s
a
really
sweet
song
that
talks
about
all
of
the
great
things
about
girls,
like
how
pretty
they
are
and
how
they
have
wonderful
smiles,”
he
says.
“It
talks
about
things
girls
like
to
hear.”
Scotty
decided
to
record
“Dirty
Dishes’
in
part
because
it
passed
what
he
calls
“the
Mama
crying
test.”
“She
was
crying
when
she
heard
it,”
he
says
of
his
mother.
“It
talks
about
a
mom
and
a
family
sitting
down
at
a
table
eating
dinner.
The
mother
sits
down
for
prayer
and
starts
saying
thanks
for
noisy
children
and
slamming
doors,
because
slamming
doors
means
they
live
in
a
good
home
and
noisy
kids
mean
happy
kids.
The
mother
has
a
cool
way
of
looking
at
things.”
Scotty
developed
his
unique
way
of
looking
at
things
while
growing
up
with
older
sister
Ashley
in
a
musical
household
in
Garner,
N.C.
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,
a
senior
manufacturing
systems
analyst,
and
his
mother,
a
real
estate
agent
and
teacher,
sang
in
the
church
choir,
as
did
their
children.
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
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
is
onstage:
in
his
last
varsity
high
school
game,
he
pitched
a
complete
shut-­‐out
and
struck
out
nine
batters.
He
continued
that
winning
streak
on
the
stage
of
American
Idol,
where
he
became
the
youngest
male
winner
and
the
only
country
male
winner
in
the
show’s
history.
He’s
now
eager
to
take
the
next
step
of
his
country
music
career
with
the
release
of
his
debut
album,
which
comes
the
same
week
as
his
18th
birthday.
But
it
turns
out
that
he’s
already
received
the
best
birthday
present
possible:
the
support
of
people
across
the
nation
who’ve
made
it
clear
as
day
that
they
love
both
the
music
and
the
young
man.
“I
am
so
grateful
to
all
of
the
fans
out
there
because
we’ve
been
on
this
journey
together,”
he
says.
“They
are
the
reason
I
am
where
I
am;
they
voted
me
through.
Hopefully
with
this
album
we
can
continue
this
journey
and
see
where
it
takes
us.
“Performing
on
tour
has
really
taught
me
a
lot,”
he
says.
“We
have
different
crowds
and
different
responses
that
always
keep
it
fresh.
It’s
showing
me
that
this
is
what
I
want
to
do
forever.
I
thrive
on
this
and
I’m
really
enjoying
it.
Hopefully
I
can
do
this
for
the
rest
of
my
life

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