“I’ve always dreamed of having a career in country music,” Scotty says. “I just never thought it could happen. I had never really given myself a chance. Idol gave me the chance and I ran with it. I’m having a good time.”
As the season 10 winner and youngest male winner ever of the TV show American Idol, Scotty McCreery became the person 38.6 million viewers tuned in to watch. A week later, he made country music history when his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” earned the highest debut for a new artist’s first single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since at least 1984. The song, which hit the Top 20 in seven weeks, is one of the fastest-rising debut singles for a new country artist in history.
He’s released his debut album, Clear As Day, in the fall of 2011, and made his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 10, 2011.
“My music is obviously country and it has some old influences in it,” he says, “I love a contemporary feel with an old soul in it.”
His producer, Mark Bright, feels the same way. “He is an old soul. It is an incredible thing, that someone that age fully understands what is before him and is completely unaffected by that. I have never seen anything like it in my life. He loves it and he understands the opportunity he’s been given and he wants to work to take advantage of that opportunity.”
Clear As Day