Scotty McCreery Came Home and It Was “Clear As Day”
That’s probably the best way to title this post since I’m combining my utter excitement for his Birthday Bash last weekend and the release of his debut CD “Clear As Day” all in one.
We hometown Garner-ites soak up all the Scotty love, and not because he’s “Scotty” but rather, we feel a sense of pride having watched his career blossom from Clayton Idol 2009 winner to American Idol winner to a #1 debut CD…and #1 across ALL genres. Like…WOW! But, seriously, we’ve watched “our boy” grow up and it is something to treasure.
Hollywood wasn’t sure he was going to be able to come back home and live a normal life. Well, I think we’ve proven that theory wrong. Even those of us who have never met him (me included, though I can’t tell you how many times our paths have crossed just having “missed each other” at Pelican’s Snowballs or El Dorado or at a hometown Garner High Football game) we respect his desire to “live a normal life”. Oh and by the way, the song “Water Tower Town” is so fitting. We do enjoy our Friday night football games and sweet tea around here.
Who would’ve ever thought a local guy would make it BIG enough (pun intended) to make a record, the kind that concert-goers would want to immediately play after a performance?
So, last weekend Scotty came home and all 15,000 or so of us sang “Happy Birthday” to him (I even think it was on key for the most part) while he received a Gold Record Award, took questions from the audience, and performed a few songs from the album itself. I gotta say – that concert was perfect. Absolutely perfect. They started on time. They ended on time. In between songs there weren’t any awkward moments either. Janie and Marty from WQDR 94.7, our hometown Country station, did an impressive job MC-ing the event. By the time it was over, I think all 15,000 of us felt like we were personally invited to celebrate with our boy.
I tell ya what though, probably the most surreal experience from the day was pulling out of the parking lot, waiting in the line of traffic and listening to everyone blaring Scotty’s music. Who would’ve ever thought a local guy would make it BIG enough (pun intended) to make a record, the kind that concert-goers would want to immediately play after a performance? And not only that but, the record would be the highest debut for the week too! Absolutely surreal.
Speaking of “Clear As Day”…what a piece of art it is! Seriously. You can tell that Scotty and crew put their heart & soul into picking every single song that is reflective of who he is… and the variety of the collection too holds its own merit. It’s got some old country, some new country, some songs that could cross over, some Christian influences. From the aforementioned Water Tower Town to That Old King James to my personal favorite, Write Your Number on My Hand, it is chock full of down home country goodness. It’s like taking Scotty’s favorite Chicken Supreme & Sweet Tea combination from Bojangles and doing what he does with it – making a “chicken biscuit out of the Supreme so that he has 3 meals in one,” as he calls it.
As music-lovers we are blessed to have such a talented young man share his gift with us while keeping himself grounded surrounding himself with all the right people, especially his family who obviously brought him up right. I pray for Scotty and the McCreery’s everyday. No, really I do. I am thankful that he is sharing that gift and that he maintains his faith, and I pray everyday that never changes.
Anyway, if you haven’t bought his CD yet, go get it. In fact, if there are still some Walmart Zine Packs left, get THAT. It’s what I purchased and it’s worth every penny. Again, Scotty put his personal touch into that project and it’s yet another gift to his fans.
Oh and I’d like to give a shout out to Missy and the crew at “Moms 4 McCreery”too. If you’re not already a fan of their
Facebook Page, you might want to become one. Missy does a great job of capturing all Scotty news…even faster than his official Page does, though you want to follow that one as well because Scotty personally posts on that Page too. Oh heck. It’s all good, right?
What’s your favorite Scotty McCreery song of his new CD and why? Leave a comment below, if you’d like. I’d love to hear about it.
In the meantime, once again Scotty – many CONGRATULATIONS for all your achievements. You make the Town of Garner and we Garner-ites proud.
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