Success at a young age has often led many celebrities down the wrong path, and it takes them a long time to mend their ways. Scotty McCreery managed not to let success get in his head despite being just 16 when he became the winner of 'American Idol'. His mother knew from that moment that things were going to change, and luckily they did, but for the better. Album sales have helped Scotty McCreery's net worth rise to an impressive $4 million. Let's go into the details to help you understand how he achieved his wealth.
Aspire to be like Elvis Presley
Country Rebel quoted McCreery as saying that the greatest musician he ever listened to growing up was Presley. As a result, the king of rock and roll became a huge influence on young McCreery. However, that wouldn't have been possible if his grandmother hadn't given McCreery a book about the late musician. Therefore, even in grade school when his class did a celebrity project, McCreery was the odd one out. While others picked Britney Spears and other celebrities, the country musician asked his teacher if he was okay with doing a project on Presley. He revealed he was also influenced by Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Ronnie Milsap. His love for music continued through college, where he sang while graduating. In high school, McCreery joined Die Meistersingers, a vocal ensemble that performs across the United States. In first year, his voice still wasn't deep, so he sang tenor, but in his second year, he switched to bass after his voice deepened. He took part in different singing competitions and won. However, his dream has always been to be on “American Idol”. As he told PBS, he knew in college that he wanted to be a singer. He had grown up watching “American Idol” and so wanted to give it a shot, which he did.
Get your first contract
McCreery revealed to the Pensacola News Journal that he was trying to get to Nashville but took a different route. He wanted to audition for "American Idol" in Nashville, but since the dates coincided with an annual church camp, the hopeful musician auditioned in Milwaukee instead. At the age of 16, McCreery stood before a panel of judges consisting of Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. He performed "Your Man" by Josh Turner, impressing the judges and the entire production team. The young musician ended up making history by becoming the show's youngest winner. Winning the contest earned McCreery a huge payday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the musician won a $250 advance to earn and record the debut album. Additionally, he would receive tens of thousands of dollars for merchandise and endorsement rights. However, the producers had to get a judge's approval since McCreery was underage. By the time he graduated from Garner High School, McCreery's debut album "Clear as Day" was the No. 000 hit on Billboard. The album did so well that it went platinum with 1 million copies sold, earning him Best New Artist awards from the Academy of Country Music Award and the American Country Awards. He then released a holiday record called "Christmas with Scotty McCreery", which sold 1,22 copies. McCreery then recorded "See You Tonight", which did not do well as it only moved 416 units. Sadly, his deal with Universal Music, where he signed to Mercury Nashville/Interscope label, ended in 000. McCreery said it was nothing personal. he said he was going as far left as possible with "Southern Belle". The different style cost the musician as the single only sold 279 copies in the first week.
It took an entire year for McCreery to fully settle things with the label. He had been signed to three record labels. Therefore, they each had to figure out how to let him go. After so many phone calls from lawyers, the dust has finally settled. In the meantime, although he couldn't be with another label, McCreery kept busy writing songs; he had been a songwriter for nine years when he learned to play the guitar. When his grandfather passed away in 2015, McCreery paid tribute to the old man by writing "Five More Minutes," a song everyone can relate to on a personal level. He is credited with allowing him to stay in the industry after his split from Universal Music Group. By January 2019, it had sold 382 copies and was certified double platinum a year later. By the time McCreery recorded “Seasons Change,” he had experienced many highs, but he described being dropped from the label as a major low. It was a dark time writing songs with no one to help get them out to the public. The country singer described the experience as not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but he decided to take the leap of faith to become a freelance artist. He feared that losing the recording contract would also mean losing the rights to his songs. He particularly wanted to get "Five More Minutes" because it was special to him. He received a fatal blow in 000 when Universal Records dropped him and bet on "Five More Minutes" to revive his career. It did indeed help him get back on stage as it became the singer's no. 2016 single, tracing the distribution of the country. It's one of the songs from the album "Seasons Change", released after signing with Triple Tigers Records. McCreery aims for the stars; he recently released “Same Truck,” thanks to the pandemic giving him ample time to write the songs.
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