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