After his successful run on "American Idol," Scotty McCreery, who took the title in 2011, went on to become one of the most promising rising country stars in recent years. Despite trends in pop culture of twerking and baring skin, the 20-year-old didn't succumb and instead let the music speak for itself.
And he doesn't plan on changing anytime soon, either. "I, don't want to put anyone down, but you won't see any twerking from me," he quips to Fox News.
On his debut record "Clear As Day," McCreery made sure to incorporate his religious beliefs into his songs, something he stands by to this day. "I'm not ashamed [of my faith] but I know that everyone doesn't agree with me," he explains. "I think especially in the country music world, if there's anyone that's going to accept it, it'll be them."
"I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds," McCreery adds, noting the nature of his holiday-themed set, released fall of 2012. "The Christmas record has strong, traditional hymns but it also has a song called 'Christmas in Heaven' about missing someone that you love that's passed on and wondering what's going on up there on Christmas."
He continues, "When you're out there talking about your faith and what you believe in, you'll face some backlash. But mostly, I've received support."
As a followup, the singer released his "See You Tonight" sophomore effort, which has already spawned a Top 20 hit with the album's title track. In support of the new music, McCreery will embark on a tour later this summer, including a stint on the sold-out Duck Commander Cruise (July 17-21) with the Duck Dynasty Clan.
"The road is a fun place and it's a great place to get out there and explore the country," he says. "But as far as the road life with the 'rock and roll temptations,' there's not much of that with me."
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