Scotty McCreery has been on an incredible journey for the past six years. That can happen when you when “American Idol.”
McCreery can talk about his life before “AI” and after “AI,” and though life changed drastically, the things that make Scotty McCreery who he is haven’t.
He was just a typical teenager in a small southern town, who loved his family, faith and baseball … and Elvis Presley. He had a passion for music and singing that catapulted him from small town teen to American idol.
Fans of “Al” will remember McCreery, who was then just 16, from Season 10, when he captured the attention of “Idol” judges and America with his deep, southern voice singing “Your Man,” a song recorded by another country artist with a deep, southern voice, Josh Turner. He went on to win the competition, viewed by millions of people, and, rocketed onto the country music scene.
McCreery recounts his “Idol” journey, before and after, in his new book “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream” (Zondervan, $24.99 hardcover, #GoBigOrGoHomeBook). At 22, McCreery shares with readers how he went from “typical teenager” to superstar and back to “typical teenager,” (as best as you can after winning what was the top-rated competition on TV) to finish his senior year in high school and then college, all while keeping grounded by his faith in God and family.
He gives readers behind-the-scenes glimpses of touring, songwriting, recording, and encounters with some of country music’s legendary performers, like Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Keith Urban (whom he first met in a men’s room before a performance) and Garth Brooks. And he gives a them a word picture of who Scotty McCreery is, his dreams, his goals and his daily striving to remain grounded in his faith and true to who he is. He’s reminded of a quote he once read from his idol, Elvis Presley: “I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.”
He reveals his shortcomings (such as the “Idol” Jace incident), how he stood firm in his faith and beliefs when pressed by “Idol” producers to sing a song he knew was wrong for him, how he believed his “Idol” win was one for the team — his hometown of Garner, N.C.
Written in a very conversational tone, McCreery sees the hand of God at work in his life — “At the end of the day, I know who I am, I know what I stand for, and I know what I believe,” he said in a press release. “Luckily for me, I think the show producers really respected me for that.
“There’s not a ‘music celebrity Scotty’ and a ‘private Scotty’ — there’s just Scotty. I know who I am. I base very decision through my faith.”
He is currently on a promotional book tour, with remaining stops in Illinois, Tennessee and closing out in North Carolina, with the final tour stop on May 14 at the First Baptist Church of Garner, in Garner. N.C., where Scotty is a member.