DeKALB – Maybe you know of Scotty McCreery from watching him win the 10th season of “American Idol.” Or maybe you know him from his country songs on the radio, including “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” “See You Tonight” and “Barefootin.”
Fans can get to know McCreery and his music better by attending his performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. Tickets cost $34.50 to $75 and can be bought online at www.egyptiantheatre.org or by calling 815-758-1215.
McCreery achieved new heights this year, earning two back-to-back No. 1 hits from his current album, “Seasons Change,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart. All four of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard Albums chart, with current combined sales surpassing 3 million copies.
In between touring the nation, putting on shows from coast to coast, McCreery likes to be true to his roots: going hiking in North Carolina, golfing and spending as much time as possible with his wife, Gabi.
McCreery spoke to Shaw Media reporter Katrina Milton about his upcoming DeKalb show, life after “American Idol” and how he stays true to himself through all of the fame.
Milton: What can people expect from your show?
McCreery: It’s a show everyone, all ages can enjoy. The show will feature all my singles people hear on the radio and some covers of my favorite songs that have been really inspirational to me. There will also be a lot of lights and lasers. We keep a high energy and a lot of fun.
Milton: How have life and things been recently?
McCreery: It’s been great. My marriage has been a highlight, and my music has been rocking, as well. As far as my career, I’ve had some No. 1 singles in the last year and a half, and I’m working on another that will be out soon. It’s been a good time this past year and a half.
Milton: How would you describe your life after winning “American Idol?”
McCreery: It’s been insane. In 2011, “American Idol” was the biggest show on TV. It’s been a great opportunity to let people hear my music. It’s been eight years, almost a decade. I’ve been able to live the dream because of the show. I get to play and make music, and that’s what I love to do.
Milton: Have you been watching the new season of “American Idol?”
McCreery: A little bit. I watched two episodes in the first part of the season. It’s amazing how they find these crazy-talented folks. I also admire [“American Idol” judge] Luke Bryan for holding it down for us for country music. I think he has great advice, and it’s great to see country music represented.
Milton: How do you handle the fame?
McCreery: I have one foot in the music world, one foot in the real world. I’m on the road half a week. The other half, I’m at home with my wife and our puppy in North Carolina. We go to the grocery store, go out to eat, go to Lowe’s and home-improvement stores, I change light bulbs. It’s pretty normal. I’m always going to be me. When I was in [Los Angeles] on [“American Idol”], I got a taste of the crazy paparazzi and the fame. It was a bit much for me. I don’t need all the cameras. I get my fix of it, though, at the [Country Music Association Awards] and [Academy of Country Music Awards]. But I like to write and sing music and be at home with my wife.
Milton: What are some things you do for fun?
McCreery: Golf is my No. 1 hobby, I do that a lot. I like to get outdoors and go hiking, especially in the mountains of North Carolina. I like finding the little swimming holes off the beaten path. I like spending time outdoors or at the beach; it’s how I recharge my batteries. I’m on tour January through December, all year ’round. I take a week off here and there, but not during the summer. Concerts and outdoor performances are just getting started.
Milton: Do you have advice for aspiring singers?
McCreery: Work hard. A lot of folks have the same dream and they’re scratching and clawing to get into the business. But remember that you’re unique. You have something nobody else has. Find out what that is and showcase it. Don’t be afraid. Go out there and have fun.
Milton: What would you like to say to fans reading this article?
McCreery: I hope they come out [to the show] and enjoy themselves. Even if you’ve seen one of my shows before, it’s definitely a little different. There’s a different energy, different songs. It’s going to be a lot of fun.