Christmas With Scotty McCreery by Scotty McCreery on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery applies his down-home charm and baritone vocals to this well-chosen holiday collection. The 19 year-old North Carolina native builds upon his recent success with assured performances that get sentimental in the right places and loosen up for some yuletide fun. McCreedy adds some jazz swing to “Winter Wonderland,” gets romantically mellow on “The Christmas Song” and puts on his rocking shoes for “Holly Jolly Christmas.” He especially shines when he releases his inner Elvis on a feisty cover of “Santa Claus is Back in Town.” Warm acoustic settings bring out the reverence in such timeless carols as “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” as well as the more contemporary “Mary Did You Know?” Of special interest are a pair of new tunes, “Christmas Comin’ Round Again” (an upbeat country waltz featuring Jonathan Yudkin’s sparkling mandolin work) and “Christmas in Heaven” (a yearning ballad coming to terms with love and loss). McCreery handles these diverse tunes with a mixture of youthful sincerity and mature confidence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery applies his down-home charm and baritone vocals to this well-chosen holiday collection. The 19 year-old North Carolina native builds upon his recent success with assured performances that get sentimental in the right places and loosen up for some yuletide fun. McCreedy adds some jazz swing to “Winter Wonderland,” gets romantically mellow on “The Christmas Song” and puts on his rocking shoes for “Holly Jolly Christmas.” He especially shines when he releases his inner Elvis on a feisty cover of “Santa Claus is Back in Town.” Warm acoustic settings bring out the reverence in such timeless carols as “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” as well as the more contemporary “Mary Did You Know?” Of special interest are a pair of new tunes, “Christmas Comin’ Round Again” (an upbeat country waltz featuring Jonathan Yudkin’s sparkling mandolin work) and “Christmas in Heaven” (a yearning ballad coming to terms with love and loss). McCreery handles these diverse tunes with a mixture of youthful sincerity and mature confidence.

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About Scotty McCreery

The winner of American Idol’'s tenth season, country crooner Scotty McCreery began singing as a child in Garner, North Carolina. School performances eventually gave way to local competitions, and McCreery won a singing contest in the nearby town of Clayton before trying out for American Idol as a 16-year-old. Auditioning with Josh Turner's "Your Man," he made good use of his country twang and deep baritone vocals, prompting the judges to compare him to Randy Travis. McCreery passed the audition, became an audience favorite, and eventually won the competition in May 2011. Lauren Alaina, another teenage country singer and a close friend of McCreery's, took home the second place title.

McCreery's coronation song was "I Love You This Big," a country ballad that sold nearly 175,000 copies during its first week of release. The song also cracked the country charts at number 32, making it the highest-charting debut single in country history, and helped stir up anticipation for his full-length album, which he recorded while preparing for American Idol’s summer tour. Clear as Day appeared in the fall of 2011 from Mercury Nashville, debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 200 the week of its release. It went on to be one of the better-selling latter-day Idol-related records, earning a platinum certification and producing another hit single in "The Trouble with Girls." The following year, McCreery released the seasonal Christmas with Scotty McCreery in time for the 2012 holiday season. In October 2013, he returned with his second official studio album, See You Tonight. Produced by veteran producer Frank Rogers, the album moved McCreery into bright contemporary country-pop. It was a commercial and critical success, debuting at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart and earning widespread acclaim, including McCreery's win of the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2013 American Country Awards. In 2015, he issued a new single, "Southern Belle," and toured with Rascal Flatts. 2017 saw the release of the poignant "Five More Minutes," the first single from his highly anticipated third studio LP. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Garner, NC
  • BORN
    Oct 9, 1993

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