Scotty McCreery: Living the Dream

For anybody out there, dreams can come from anywhere. Dreams can be inspired by either the greatest world changing events recorded in history or they can be inspired by the simple things that happen at home. Just about anything can awake a person’s dream to be someone better; something or even someone can change the way a dreamer dreams and this will change the course of their lives forever. Some people realize their calling and dream late in their lives but choose not to let age and time hinder them while others are given the opportunity to shine and learn their true calling somewhere in the middle of their lives and from that point on, choose not to let go of that innocent hope they would go on to nurture for the rest of their lives.

Scotty McCreery, on the other hand, was different. He was one of the lucky few who knew from the day he was born what he wanted to be. Unlike the others who needed a catalyst to kindle their passion and generally needed an outside source to inspire them to dream, Scotty was born with a dream. From the very start of his life, he knew he was destined to be a singer the world would listen to.

Scotty’s Early History

NEW YORK–Born on October 9, 1993 to loving parents (a Puerto Rican father and an American mother) and his older sister, he grew up and spent most of his life in Northern Carolina studying in Timber Drive Elementary School. Even in his formative years, Scotty had a talent for singing and developed this skill of his into passion, as seen when he memorably sang at his graduation in West Lake Middle School. When he moved on to high school, he went nowhere else but forward with his singing and joined the vocal ensemble group Die Meistersingers, a well-known singing troupe that performs around the United States, as a country tenor.  His singing would land him early fame as he performed around the state in numerous local events and later on, he would go on to winning some of these events, including a singing contest called “Clayton Idol” in the town of Clayton, North Carolina and another contest called “Rip the Hallways” where he would beat 36 other teenage finalists for the victory. While admittedly small when compared to his future victories, Scotty’s local victories in these small contests would pave the way to his destiny: stardom and national fame.

Later on in the year 2011 and on its tenth season run, the highly acclaimed and massively popular reality TV show and ratings behemoth American Idol hosted its annual pre-season auditions for aspiring singers around the country. Scotty took the chance and successfully auditioned in the show’s Milwaukee tour, landing him a spot in the next round: the Hollywood eliminations round.  From there on out, he would go on to become the show’s tenth champion after singing and enduring his way through almost eighteen weeks of grueling singing contests that tested the mettle and talent of all of the contestants involved and systematically eliminated contestants and other Idol hopefuls who weren’t favored by the voting population of the show.  From almost two hundred hopefuls from the Hollywood round, only twenty or so remained of and this twenty, the top two finalists who were to face off were chosen. The finalists were Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreedy. For both of them, there was nothing left to lose and everything for them to give in the name of victory and glory.

On the contest’s finale in March of 2011, Scotty went up against Lauren Alaina and sung his own renditions of the songs Gone by Montgomery Gentry, which he called his “favorite song” and personally chose for the finale, and the single Check Yes or No by George Strait, which was chosen this time by one of the show’s judges, to hopefully convince the nation that he was the one who deserved to be called the tenth “American Idol.” In the end, his efforts paid off and he was crowned the show’s tenth winner. As an end to his run with the popular contest TV show, Scotty followed the show’s long time tradition of singing American Idol’s annual song writing contest winner by singing the tenth winning song, this time entitled I Love you Big, which was written by a group of writers and fans of the show.

Even if his time with the TV rating giant ended on March 2011, this did not put a stop to Scotty’s career as a singer and artist. He had nowhere else to go but up, and up was where he went. In the months following the end of American Idol, Scotty would go on to landing a spot in the Billboard Hot Country Songs. His rendition of his coronation song I Love you Big would place him at number 32 and would go on to become the highest debut single the Billboard chart has ever recorded as it sold more than 170,000 units in its first week alone in stores nationwide and by August of the same year, his winning song would become certified gold.

His other singles, while not as popular as I Love you Big, would still leave a massive impact on the charts as his second single Trouble with the Girls would become certified gold mere months after its initial release on radio and digital downloads via iTunes.  His second single would get him more attention than expected, as he sung the song in the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual and well-loved festival in the city of New York, before headlining the event’s tree lighting ceremony at Lenox Square Mall in the evening.

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Finding Success

By October of 2011, Scotty’s first album, Clear as Day, was released and sold close to 200,000 copies on its debut week. The massive sales and positive reception the album garnered would help Scotty make a name for himself in music history as both the first country act and the youngest artist to land at the number one spot in the Billboard 200. Since his record breaking entry into the music business and charts, Clear as Day would go on to hit Platinum status after selling more than a million units in the United States alone.

His second studio album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released on October of 2012, just before the holiday shopping season and landed at the number four spot in the Billboard 200. While not as strong as his previous effort in terms of sales and figures, Scotty’s Christmas album still proved to be popular, garnering him some public appearances where he would sing one of the nine classic Christmas tunes or one of the two new Christmas songs featured in the album.

Beyond his albums, Scotty would sing and guest in numerous concerts and other public events, singing songs that made him a champion in his time with American Idol or any of the songs he sang for his albums. After his victory in Idol, Scotty went around the country in the show’s traditional post-season tours for the fans. Alongside second runner up Lauren Alaina and his fellow contestants, Scotty sang many of the songs that got people to vote for him. One of his memorable performances, though, was performing some of his songs from his second album during the “Christmas in Washington” gala, an annual Holiday celebration done in benefit of the Children’s National Medical Center, which was attended by none other than the President of the United States, Barrack Obama.

In the time following his victory in the TV show contest, he would be nominated in a number of music business related awards and subsequently win three titles, including the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Year in 2011 and the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Best New Artist in 2012.

Two studio released albums, three awards and millions of Dollars’ worth of singles sold, Scotty McCreery proves to be a big name even some time after his peak.  Even if his popularity isn’t as big as it was back in 2011, especially in the days of American Idol tenth season, Scotty McCreery remains living proof to everyone and anyone out there with big dreams in their heads that just about anything is possible. From being the son of a simple family living in Northern Carolina who sang in local contests just because he loved to sing to becoming the tenth person to be crowned “American Idol” and be given the chance of a lifetime, Scotty was given a shot at a good life by using his talents and passions and he got it. With passion and year of experience backing him up, he worked day and night for the final victory that was his destiny and got it, making it through both the good times and the hard times. He lived for the dream and sung for the moment to become a name to be remembered by millions of people not just in his home state or country but around the world.

Beyond the Music

Beyond his albums, Scotty would sing and guest in numerous concerts and other public events, singing songs that made him a champion in his time with American Idol or any of the songs he sang for his albums. After his victory in Idol, Scotty went around the country in the show’s traditional post-season tours for the fans. Alongside second runner up Lauren Alaina and his fellow contestants, Scotty sang many of the songs that got people to vote for him. One of his memorable performances, though, was performing some of his songs from his second album during the “Christmas in Washington” gala, an annual Holiday celebration done in benefit of the Children’s National Medical Center, which was attended by none other than the President of the United States, Barrack Obama.

In the time following his victory in the TV show contest, he would be nominated in a number of music business related awards and subsequently win three titles, including the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Year in 2011 and the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Best New Artist in 2012.

Two studio released albums, three awards and millions of Dollars’ worth of singles sold, Scotty McCreery proves to be a big name even some time after his peak.  Even if his popularity isn’t as big as it was back in 2011, especially in the days of American Idol tenth season, Scotty McCreery remains living proof to everyone and anyone out there with big dreams in their heads that just about anything is possible. From being the son of a simple family living in Northern Carolina who sang in local contests just because he loved to sing to becoming the tenth person to be crowned “American Idol” and be given the chance of a lifetime, Scotty was given a shot at a good life by using his talents and passions and he got it. With passion and year of experience backing him up, he worked day and night for the final victory that was his destiny and got it, making it through both the good times and the hard times. He lived for the dream and sung for the moment to become a name to be remembered by millions of people not just in his home state or country but around the world.