2/2/2016 9:20:50 PM
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ZANESVILLE - When you go from bagging groceries to an international superstar at 17, going with the flow might be the best philosophy to follow as Scotty McCreery has discovered.
The 2011 winner of “American Idol,” now 22, will perform Feb. 13 at Secrest Auditorium. It’s the start of a year that will see the release of a new book and album and participating in events for the final season of the reality series that launched his country music career, but he feels shouldn’t define it.
“‘Idol’ itself isn’t a career. It’s a platform,” McCreery said. “It’s up to the artist to go out there and turn it into a lifelong career.”
McCreery said there is no magic formula for why some contestants come out of “American Idol” as hit-makers and others are never heard from again. He attributes his success to a mix of a grounded upbringing steeped in Christian faith and finding or co-writing good songs.
“I don’t have a music life and a personal life. I just have a life,” he said. “I kind of make everything mesh together and go with the flow. That’s kind of my motto.”
To date, “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble with Girls,” “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” have all reached the top 20 of the Billboard country charts. His first album, “Clears as Day” sold more than 1.1 million copies and went certified platinum.
McCreery said his latest album doesn’t have a release date, but the first single from it, “Southern Belle,” is already receiving country radio airplay. He said the album will be more personal and reflect the man he is today. His albums have already become a time capsule to him as McCreery said he can look back to the teen he was for his first album, the young man he was for the second and the maturing individual he is now.
“I’m going to grow up with my music,” he said. “It’s just a few years in the grand scheme of things, but pretty big years for anyone’s life.”
Also showing the fans the trek he’s taken in just a few short years is the book “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream” being released May 3. As young as he is, McCreery balks at calling it an autobiography and describes is as more of a travelogue of his early life, time on “American Idol” and his time now recording and touring.
What McCreery said he loves most about live touring is connecting with fans and allowing them to hear his songs in a new way from the album recordings.
“They can hear it on the record anytime they want to, but for that one night they get to hear the artist live,” McCreery said of a stage performance. “So, we try to bring it.”
McCreery said he puts on a high energy show from start to finish, but that doesn’t mean running on one emotion. He hopes to take fans on a ride from high joy to low sadness. He also includes covers from the likes of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Alabama among others.
“That’s one of the coolest things I think I get to do, kind of play teacher in a way to a lot of kids my age who didn’t grow up like I did with grandparents that played Elvis (Presley), Conway (Twitty) and Ronnie Milsap,” McCreery said. “It’s also connecting to the audience out there who did grow up with those artists … Hopefully by connecting with them through the love and respect of traditional country music they can become a fan of mine and enjoy my music as well.”
Scotty will perform in Zanesville on Feb 13th.