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/// ON TOUR SCOTTY MCCREERY:


said of his sudden change in vocals at age 13. “People were intrigued by [my voice]. I had fun with it.” Turns out having a


deep, twangy voice isn’t just beneficial for singing country music. “I got to do some prank


calls and stuff,” he said. “So I enjoyed that part of it.” Currently, the “AI” win-


Not Mr. Big Shot E


| by Jamie Linari


VEN B E FORE SCOTTY McCreery won the most recent season of “American Idol,” he was captivating people with his low pitch.


“People thought it was cool,” McCreery In order to feel as much like a typical


teenager as a household name can, McCreery has chosen to stay in school as much as pos- sible his final year of high school. “I get a few more “heys,” or handshakes in


SCOTTY MCCREERY Opening for Brad Paisley,


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ner’s debut album, Clear as Day, has been certified gold, and this month, he is kicking off a tour with Brad Paisley. But he hasn’t let the fame go to his head. “Over the past year, I’ve tried to take it all


in gracefully, step by step and not let it affect the person I am. I think that’s something I’m really proud of. I don’t want to be that cocky, stuck-up guy that thinks he’s Mr. Big Shot. “ It’s having a support group has helped the


modest McCreery get by and stay grounded. “I think family is key. Family and friends


have really kept me in line. They haven’t let me get bigheaded.”


the hallway, but when I’m in class it’s normal. It’s just how I want it to be.” Even though McCreery feels like the av- erage teen, he gets to spend the better part of 2012 tour- ing with some of the most popular country acts around, something he is more than a little anxious about. “They’re the biggest


things out there,” he said of the bands he will be opening for. “That’s nerve racking in


itself. I’m going to go out there and try to hang with them.” However, there’s no doubt McCreery will


have a huge fan base of his own on the tour. “[I’m excited to] go out there and see all


the fans and really thank them for being with me from day one,” he said. “A lot of people can say, ‘Fans are what got me here,’ but for me that’s literal. They voted me through on ‘Idol.’ n


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… her voice is a thing of wonder … blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist


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