Scotty McCreery became America’s heartthrob five years ago when he won American Idol at age 17. Since then, he’s become a country music sensation with hit songs including “See You Tonight,” “Feelin’ It,” “I Love You This Big.” Before he performs at Iron City in Birmingham, Ala. Sunday night, Scotty sat down to help us get to know him better.
RS: How do you balance college life and touring? What are you studying at NC State University?
SM: I enjoyed the college life for nearly three years, but I put it on hiatus to focus more on my career. It was important for me to try and do both college and music, and it was equally important to me that I had those college experiences with my friends. I’ll never be age 19-21 again and I didn’t want to look back and regret anything. I lived in a dumpy college house near campus with some of my best friends and I had a blast. We made so many memories. I love NC State and will always be a member of the Wolfpack. While I was in college, I studied Communications.
RS: What has been one of the most memorable moments during a performance on tour?
SM: There is nothing like looking out at the fans and hearing them sing back to you on a song that you wrote. I wrote my song “See You Tonight,” which was my first Top 10 hit and later went Platinum and was one of the Top 50 country songs of 2015. Hearing the fans sing that song back to me never gets old. The enthusiasm and the passion that my fans give me every night in concert is amazing. I am so thankful for them.
RS: What is your go-to meal when you’re traveling on the road?
SM: I always keep Cheese-Its and cereal on the bus. Those are must haves for me.
RS: Do you have a favorite song from one of your albums that is not one of the top hits?
SM: I love the song “Carolina Moon” on my second studio album, See You Tonight. I am proud of being from North Carolina and this song always takes me back there when I’m away from home. Plus, Alison Krauss sang harmony on it. You can’t get better than that.
RS: What has been the hardest part about writing a book?
SM: I’m a songwriter but I’m used to telling a story in a three minute song. Having nearly 300 pages to fill in a book is a little challenging, but once I determined what experiences I wanted to share it all began coming together. I wanted the book to be as if the reader and I were in the same room together and I was sharing some stories and I think we accomplished that. I’ve written about some good times and bad times and tried to give a full picture of who I am in the book.
RS: Your book discusses your personal growth within the last five years. How have you also grown in your relationship with God?
SM: My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. I make all of my decisions based on my faith. When I was in Los Angeles doing “Idol,” I kept my Bible on the nightstand and read from it often. It gave me inspiration and the strength to keep going each day. My go-to Bible verse is Philipians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
RS: What are you most looking forward to about touring with Rascal Flatts on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer?
SM: I toured with Rascal Flatts last year, and it was a great experience. Those guys are pros and to have the chance to watch them perform every night and learn from what they do was invaluable. I’m not sure who is out with them this year, but I know it will be a great experience for them.
Visit ironcitybham.com to purchase ticket’s to see Scotty on Sunday, Apr. 17 at 8 p.m.