Scotty McCreery (born Scott Cooke McCreery; October 9, 1993) is an American singer from Garner, North Carolina. McCreery is currently a Top 6 finalist on the tenth season of American Idol.
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.
McCreery is a fanatic of baseball, and was the homerun-hitting pitcher for his team called the Garner Trojans. He said in an interview that one of his favorite artists is Garth Brooks.
McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The judges were struck by his deep bass voice unusual for his age. In the Hollywood group round, he joined the “Guaps” and became embroiled in the drama when fellow group member Clint Jun Gamboa expelled Jacee Badeaux from the 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.
Born : October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09) (age 17) – Garner, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres : Country
Occupations : Singer
Instruments : Vocals, guitar
Years active : 2011–present