An“Amer­i­can Idol”win­ner brings his coun­try stylings to Hawaii

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Coun­try star Scotty McCreery brings his “Amer­i­can Idol”-win­ning ways to Hawaii next week.

The young man, just 16 when he first au­di­tioned for “Idol” and now 23, has an old-soul, Elvis-in­spired voice. McCreery has fol­lowed up his 2010 vic­tory on “Idol” with a series of chart-top­pers. Two of his three al­bums, “Clear as Day” and “See You Tonight,” reached No. 1 on the Bill­board Coun­try charts, while his third, a Christ­mas album, reached No. 2. He’s also had one gold- and three plat­inum-sell­ing sin­gles.

The North Carolina na­tive was just one course shy of grad­u­at­ing from his mag­net high school when he won “Idol,” but he re­turned to pitch for his beloved base­ball team. He at­tributes his un­usual, fin­ger-splayed grip on the mi­cro­phone to his grip on a base­ball when he’s pitch­ing. A de­vout Chris­tian, he has re­tained the whole­some at­ti­tude that made him a fa­vorite on “Idol,” where he fa­mously re­fused to sing a song from the film “Mid­night Cow­boy” be­cause the movie was rated X. While go­ing on to pur­sue a col­lege de­gree, he’s also man­aged to find time to cowrite a book, “Go Big or Go Home: The Jour­ney To­ward the Dream,” where he shares in­ci­dents from his life — like be­ing held up at gun­point, his per­sonal life and be­hind-the-scenes mo­ments on the TV tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion.


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