Scotty McCreery Comes Home to Garner – A Memorable Day
I have been struggling to find the right words to express how amazing yesterday’s homecoming for Scotty McCreery really was…and I’m just me – a fellow Garner, North Carolina resident. We’re not related. As a matter of fact, I’ve never met the talented young man. All I know is that I’m completely and utterly excited for him. He deserved to be welcomed home with the arms of thousands wide open like he was this past weekend.
And how do I explain that? Why does he deserve such honor?
Scotty McCreery isn’t just another contestant on American Idol. He is so much more. He represents to today’s youth what many artists don’t – a God-given talent from a well-rounded young man and one whose parents have instilled in him the important things in life – love for God, community, family, and one’s self as well as a desire to work hard for what you want. For those in attendance at the myriad of activities surrounding his whirlwind hometown tour, his faithful fans got to find out first-hand just how well-rounded he is.
At every stop yesterday, he couldn’t say, “Thank you so much!” enough. You could tell, Scotty was floored by all the love and support he received. The thing is, I don’t think he was overwhelmed because of his new-found celebrity status in so much as he was by knowing that he has made a difference through his talent. I suspect being the Christian young man that he is, he’s all about “shining like a star” (Philippians 2: 14-16; look it up!) and making a positive impact in this life. If using that God-given talent to do so, well then, that’s pretty satisfactory in his book.
I believe Scotty McCreery is living out his life’s puzzle. He sings like some of the legendary Country Music stars out there, sure. The best part, though – he does everything through his faith. That’s setting the example. That’s making the difference. And that’s why I readily admit I’m a fan of his.
Yesterday was Scotty’s day and there was no way I was going to miss some of the excitement.
I began the day at the WQDR 94.7 FM studios, Scotty’s first stop of the day. With upwards of 300 or so fans in attendance, it was fun feeling the positive energy surrounding Scotty’s arrival. So many homemade signs supporting Scotty were held and the girls shrieked when his limo pulled up.
From there, I went directly to Lake Benson Park in Garner where his first-ever concert was to take place. Co-workers and friends staked out prime spots to ensure we had space as close to the front of the stage as possible without being around all the teen girls that were dying to shake his hand from the front row. After waiting nearly five hours in the high-humidity, the concert itself was worth the wait!
When Scotty first walked out on stage and saw the sea of people there to greet him, he was obviously overwhelmed as he brought both hands to his mouth fighting back emotion. After the Mayor gave him the keys to the city, the Town of Garner and State of North Carolina both claimed it “Scotty McCreery Day”, it was his turn to shine as he sang many of the songs that he has performed on American Idol to the crowd.
Then came the surprise of the day. Josh Turner joined Scotty on stage for an impromptu duet of his hits “Your Man” (the song that Scotty covered for his American Idol audition) and “Long Black Train”. As Scotty began to sing the first few lines from “Your Man” (before Josh joined him on stage) he was about to place his hand on the shoulder of the person standing near him only to discover that person was actually Josh. The look on Scotty’s face when he realized Josh was there was absolutely priceless. Scotty got to sing with his “idol”. How cool!
He ended his set with the song that won him Clayton Idol in 2009. As he was finishing the lyrics, you could tell that’s when it all hit him and once again, he tried so hard to hold back the tears of emotion. It was really touching to see his family surround him and Scotty pull away shortly after to tell the crowd –
“This is Top 3 but I’m going to work my butt off to win it all and bring it home to Garner, North Carolina!”
I’ll be honest – I pray he wins American Idol but I know if he doesn’t, it doesn’t matter. He has made his mark not only in the world of Country Music but to a well-established legion of fans already, some going so far as to create signs that said “Marry Me Scotty McCreery” that they proudly held on Saturday. Now, he’s too young for that BUT…that also tells you he’s secured his status as the next Country (teen) heartthrob.
I’m happy for him regardless. This is one young man that deserves every blessing he receives. With “the Good Lord as his Captain” his life is sure to be all that he wishes it to be. I have no doubt.