Scott "Scotty" Cooke McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country singer from Garner, North Carolina. On May 25, 2011, McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol making him, at age 17, the youngest male winner in the show's history as well as the second youngest winner ever behind season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, who was 17 when she won in 2007.


McCreery was born in 1993 to Judy and Michael McCreery in Garner, North Carolina.His mother works as as a realtor. He is of partial Puerto Rican descent - his father was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan and an American father.

He used to impersonate Elvis as a child, and started learning guitar at age ten. He attended West Lake Middle School and sang at his graduation. He also attended Garner Magnet High School where he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing tenor but switched to bass when his voice turned lower in his sophomore year.He won a country radio station singing contest called "Clayton Idol",and was one of 36 finalists in a "Rip the Hallways" contest featuring teenage vocalists in North Carolina.He has performed at various local events.

Personal lifeEdit

McCreery is a baseball fan(his favorite team is the Boston Red Sox), and was the homerun-hitting pitcher for his team called the Garner Trojans. He currently lives in Garner, North Carolina with his parents Michael and Judy, sister Ashley, and two dogs. McCreery, despite his busy music career, is now a student at North Carolina State University. He once said in an interview that one of his favorite artists is Garth Brooks. He also got the chance to blog for Major League Baseball during the 2013 season.

American IdolEdit


McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee. The judges were struck by his deep bass voice, unusual for someone his age. In the Hollywood group round, he joined the "Guaps" and became embroiled in the drama when Clint Jun Gamboa expelled Jacee Badeaux from his group. He later expressed regret for not standing up for Jacee. He was one of the five male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.

On May 25, 2011 McCreery won American Idol over fellow teen & fellow country singer Lauren Alaina. His first single is called I Love You This Big.

Scotty with Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Your Man"

"Put Some Drive in your Country"

Josh Turner

Travis Tritt

N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "Your Man" Josh Turner N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Get Ready" The Temptations N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo "I Hope You Dance" Lee Ann Womack N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of The Beatles

Group Performance

"Hello, Goodbye" The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round Final Final Solo "Long Black Train" Josh Turner N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Personal Choice "Letters From Home" John Michael Montgomery 8 Advanced
Top 13 Your Personal Idol "The River" Garth Brooks 12 Safe
Top 12 Year You Were Born "Can I Trust You with My Heart" Travis Tritt 8 Safe
Top 11 Motown "For Once in My Life" Stevie Wonder 7 Safe
Top 111 Elton John "Country Comfort" Elton John 1 Safe
Top 9 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame "That's All Right" Arthur Crudup 6 Safe
Top 8 Songs from the Movies "I Cross My Heart" — Pure Country George Strait 4 Safe
Top 7 Songs From 21st Century "Swingin" John Anderson 1 Safe
Top 6 Carole King Solo: "You've Got A Friend" Carole King 4 Safe
Duet: "Up On The Roof" with Lauren Alaina The Drifters 6 Safe
Top 5 Songs From Now And Then "Gone" Montgomery Gentry 4 Safe
"Always On My Mind" Brenda Lee 9 Safe
Top 4 Songs That Inspire "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" Alan Jackson 3 Safe
Leiber and Stoller Songbook "Young Blood" The Coasters 7 Safe
Top 3 Contestant's Choice "Amazed" Lonestar 1 Safe
Jimmy Lovine's Choice "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" Thompson Square 4 Safe
Judges' Choice "She Believes In Me" Kenny Rodgers 7 Safe
Finale Favorite Performance "Gone" Montgomery Gentry 1 Winner
George Strait's Choice "Check Yes Or No" George Strait 3 Winner
Coronation Song "I Love You This Big" Scotty McCreery 5 Winner

Post-Idol careerEdit

McCreery relaesed his coronation single I Love You This Big immediately following his Idol win. The song debuted at number 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, making it the highest debut for a debut single since the chart converted to BDS data the week of January 20, 1990, & it also debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song sold 171,404 units in its first week. I Love You This Big has since gone gold, selling 761,000 copies as of November 23, 2011. McCreery is now signed to Mercury Nashville.

American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreeryEdit

His 5-song EP, sold exclusively at Wal Mart & features 4 of his best performances from Idol as well as his rendition of Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?, debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 copies sold in its first week. It has gone on to sell 191,000 copies to date.
Scotty McCreery-CountryMusicRocksnet


Clear as Day (2011-2012)Edit

McCreery's debut album, released on October 4, 2011, features a song from country superstar Keith Urban as well as the title track. The first single off of Clear as Day, called "The Trouble with Girls", was released to country radio on August 30, 2011. The album made history by becoming the first debut album released by an Idol winner since 2003 to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with close to 198,000 copies sold in its first week. McCreery also broke records as the first country act to debut at number 1 with their first studio album, and at age 18, the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with a debut release. It also debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Clear as Day has sold 1.1 million copies to date and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. McCreery received his platinum certification from Jimmy Iovine after he had performed his song "Water Tower Town", which was McCreery's next single, on Idol on March 29, 2012. McCreery got to perform "The Trouble With Girls" on an episode of the CW show Hart of Dixie, which aired on April 23, 2012.

Christmas with Scotty McCreery (2012-2013)Edit

McCreery also released a Christmas album called Christmas with Scotty McCreery on October 16, 2012, which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200. The album has gone gold.


On January 12, 2012, McCreery, along with The Band Perry, opened for country superstar Brad Paisley with tour dates announced for the first quarter of 2012. McCreery returned to Idol to perform his latest single "See You Tonight", which is from his upcoming second album of the same name, on April 11, 2013.

See You Tonight (2013-present)Edit

McCreey's second album, whose first single he had performed on Idol, was released on October 15, 2013. The album, produced by Frank Rogers, features two songs that McCreery co-wrote. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 6 on the Billboard 200. The title track, the album's first single, was a top 10 country hit for McCreery, peaking at 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and going gold, selling 656,000 copies as of April 2014. The album has also done well, selling 242,000 copies as of July 2014.

Official Media Edit

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Clear As Day



  • American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery (2011)

Holiday albums:

  • Christmas with Scotty McCreery (2012)


  • Clear as Day (2011)
  • See You Tonight (2013)


Season 10
Scotty McCreery · Lauren Alaina · Haley Reinhart · James Durbin  · Jacob Lusk · Casey Abrams · Stefano Langone · Paul McDonald · Pia Toscano · Naima Adedapo · Thia Megia · Karen Rodriguez · Ashthon Jones
Jovany Barreto · Kendra Chantelle · Robbie Rosen · Jordan Dorsey · Clint Jun Gamboa · Tim Halperin · Brett Loewenstern · Lauren Turner · Ta-Tynisa Wilson · Rachel Zevita · Julie Zorrilla
American Idol
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Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae · Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
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