October 3, 2011
In just a matter of a few months, Scotty McCreery has made quite a name for himself beyond 'American Idol.' The humble North Carolina native was wrapping up his junior year of high school when he won the popular reality competition show, with a record number of votes cast. Since then, he has seen his debut album, 'Clear As Day,' not only top the all-genre charts but also break chart records. With the album’s debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Scotty is the first country artist to have an all-genre chart topper with their first studio album. At 18, he's also the youngest male singer ever to accomplish that feat. And with one more for the history books, the album’s first radio release, 'I Love You This Big,' was the highest-charting debut single by a new artist since 1984. So, has this instant, mind-blowing success gone to the former grocery store clerk's head? Absolutely not. What’s just as important to the baritone-voiced musical prodigy is staying true to his roots, his faith, his friends and family. When Scotty visited AOL's New York City studios, we were just as impressed with his humility and Southern charm as we were with his flawless performance of four songs from 'Clear As Day.' Still, the singer insists he’s "not Saint Scott." "I've messed up plenty of times and done some stupid stuff that I shouldn’t have done," he insists, "but that's being a teenager." A teenager with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. "It's a sweet song about all of the great things about girls, and turns around and says the 'trouble with girls is that nobody loves trouble as much as me.' Saying nobody loves girls … cause girls are beautiful things. So glad God put 'em on the earth with us."