Although the title's a bit leading, Scotty McCreery did play the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach Saturday night, and there were likely quite a few last-minute concert-goers that found out when they attempted to purchase tickets at the door that it was sold out. That's right. The Season 10 "American Idol" winner was in town and sold out, according to the House of Blues Myrtle Beach website on March 29, which means, given the limited number of tickets, there were a few who didn't get to see the young country crooner. So, to repeat, did he see you tonight or, as it is usually phrased, did you go see him tonight?
As Myrtle Beach Online noted this week, Scotty McCreery is currently nearing the end of his See You Tonight Tour, which is scheduled to run through mid-May. He's promoting his latest hit album, See You Tonight, which has garnered the North Carolina native his first Top 10 Billboard Hot Country Songs hit, entitled, appropriately enough, "See You Tonight." He's had other hits that placed inside the Top 20, like "I Love You This Big" (No. 15) and "The Trouble With Girls" (No. 17) but it took his third collection of studio songs to reach the top echelon of song listing.
"See You Tonight" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 630,000 units to date. Still, to be his biggest seller, it has a way to go. "I Love You This Big" is close to selling a million copies to date.
The album was McCreery's third to place in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bowing in at No. 6. It also placed at the top of the Country Albums chart, making it his second album to do so. (His sophomore effort, the holiday album Christmas with Scotty McCreery, will have a chance to reach the top spot each year -- the added bonus of recording a holiday album.)
It might be difficult to believe but the young McCreery is just 20 years old. It's been over two years since he won "American Idol" and was launched into stardom. But he balances his career in music with other pursuits. He's now in his sophomore year at North Carolina State University in his home state of North Carolina. And he's also the National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to building and operating a performing arts center in Newtown, Conn., to honor the 20 children and 6 adults who were senselessly killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
And does he still keep up with the show that made him famous? He says he does, but he usually DVRs "American Idol" and catches up with it on his down time. He says he also enjoys watching "The Voice" and other shows of the singing competition variety.
McCreery was 17 when he won "American Idol," defeating fellow country singer and teenager Lauren Alaina for the title. That fall, when his first album, Clear As Day, dropped, he became the first country artist in history to see their debut album top the Billboard 200 chart. At the same time, at just a few days past his eighteenth birthday, he became the youngest artist in Nielsen Soundscan (since 1991) history to top the chart as well. He's also won a few awards in the last few years, winning the American Country Awards New Artist award in 2011, the Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Artist and the CMT Music Awards USA Breakthrough Video Artist of the Year award in 2012, and the American Country Awards Breakthrough Artist award in 2013.
Well, if you missed Scotty McCreey at the House of Blues this time around, don't worry. He's been there before and he's bound to come round again. In the meantime, you can catch him and his videos on GAC and CMT, not to mention YouTube.
The House of Blues is located in North Myrtle Beach off Highway 17 South.