If you are one of the millions of people tuning in to ‘American Idol’ this season, you’re probably wondering who the deep-voiced, 17 year-old contestant is who is turning heads nationwide. We are proud to say he’s one of our own!
Scotty McCreery is the son of Fonville Morisey’s Judy McCreery, an agent in our Vandora Office. A native of Garner, Scotty belts out country’s greatest hits with a mature, seasoned veteran voice that most adults would envy. He has dreamed about being on ‘Idol’ since season one, and this was the first year he could audition.
Judy says Scotty started singing when he hummed a few lines of a nursery rhyme at his one-year-old doctor’s check-up. He used to sit the back of the school bus and serenade the rest of the kids with the tunes of his musical hero, Elvis Presley. “I’m just your typical all-American boy who plays baseball for his high school team and sings in the musicals,” says Scotty, “They say music is healing, and if I could use my voice to touch other people’s lives that would be the biggest blessing in the world.” Scotty is proof that strong morals and good Southern upbringing can hold their own in Hollywood.
After auditioning in Milwaukee, FOX thought Scotty’s tryout was so promising they turned it into a four-minute segment with quotes from his mother and high school baseball coach. Since then, he has continued to impress the judges with renditions of songs by artists like Josh Turner and Travis Tritt. The boy can sing!
Clearly, you loyal viewers loved his take on John Michael Montgomery’s ‘Letters From Home,’ and voted him on to next level of competition. This week, he advanced to the top 13, with judge Jennifer Lopez telling him he was born to sing country music, “you have what it takes, you have the goods.”
Tune in on Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c and vote online for Scotty. Let’s keep up the hometown support and make sure we’ll be seeing more from our ‘Idol’ this season! We’ll be posting updates on his progress, video clips and maybe even a comment from his proud mama, so stay tuned! Go Scotty! We’re proud of you!