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Scotty McCreery

His parents originally planned on naming him Evan, but changed their minds as they were on their way to the hospital. He is a quarter Puerto Rican; His father, a manufacturing systems analyst for Schneider Electric, was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to an American father on military duty and a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan who later moved to Aberdeen, North Carolina. McCreery's mother works as a real estate agent for Fonville Morisey. McCreery has an older sister named Ashley, who attended UNC Charlotte. Both were raised in Garner, North Carolina.

Around the age of five or six, McCreery received a book about Elvis from his grandmother, and Elvis became McCreery's earliest musical influence. He began learning guitar when he was around nine or ten years old.

McCreery attended Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, West Lake Middle School in Apex, and Garner Magnet High School . He participated in all three schools' choruses, and he also sang at his middle school graduation. He sang tenor as a freshman in high school, where he was named Rookie of the Year. In his sophomore year, he switched to singing bass and began singing in his church. He also starred in a school production of Bye Bye Birdie that year, playing the role of Conrad Birdie. McCreery went on to join a vocal ensemble called Die Meistersingers that was formed by his high school chorus teacher, Meredith Clayton, and with which he performed across the United States.

In 2009, McCreery won a singing contest called "Clayton Idol", which was held by WQDR-FM at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina. After winning, he held several local shows with the radio station, raising money for sick children. Later the same year, he was one of thirty-six finalists in a contest called Rip the Hallways, which featured teenage vocalists from across North Carolina. On the eve of Valentine's Day, 2010, McCreery performed in a variety show called Gift 4, which was held by the town of Garner. In April of that year, he performed at the second annual Boots, Bands, and Bulls benefit concert. Funds from the concert went to Brittany's Battle, a Garner-based nonprofit that supports those affected by cancer. The concert was held in Raleigh, and country singer Jason Michael Carroll also performed.

Growing up, McCreery attended First Baptist Church in Garner. He led the church's youth praise band, Audience of One. In addition to his musical pursuits, McCreery was a member of his high school baseball team. His coach, Derik Goffena said of him, "He doesn't throw terribly hard. His best pitch is a curveball as far as getting people out. If he had to start he probably wouldn't walk more than one or two in a game." McCreery was working as a bagger at Lowes Foods when he auditioned for American Idol.

Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American singer from Garner, North Carolina, who won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011
McCreery was born to Judy and Michael McCreery in Garner, North Carolina
His mother works as a realtor
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 singing contest called "Clayton Idol" at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina and was one of 36 finalists in a "Rip the Hallways" contest featuring teenage vocalists in North Carolina
McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011
At age 17, he is the second youngest Idol winner behind season 6 winner Jordin Sparks

 

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