Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/ Interscope artist Scotty McCreery will release his much-anticipated debut album, Clear As Day, on Oct. 4.
Seventeen-year-old Scotty is the youngest male winner in the nine-year history of American Idol. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale. The final show attracted 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner’s name announced.
Scotty’s new album is a collection of songs in the same straight-ahead country style that captured the nation’s hearts – and votes—on the show. It’s the next step in a promising career that is already breaking records. It includes his Top 15 hit, “I Love You This Big,” which had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a new artist’s first single since at least 1984, and his current single, “The Trouble With Girls.”
“It has some old country influences and elements, but it also has a contemporary feel with fun up-tempo songs,” Scotty says. “It’s a good mixture. You can hear some of the influences that I grew up with, like Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, but it still has a contemporary twist and feel that keeps it up to date.
“I chose these songs because they mean a lot to me, but I think everybody can relate to these kinds of songs,” Scotty says. “Clear As Day just sounded like a great album title, but it’s also one of my favorite songs on the album, and I love the message behind the song which was written by Casey Beatherd, Phil O’Donnell and Adam Wheeler.”
His producer, Mark Bright, says Scotty’s fans will be impressed by Scotty’s debut album. “His voice is shockingly great,” he says. “Everybody knows Scotty has a deep voice, but what a lot of people don’t know is that he has a pretty high range. His listeners will get to hear the nuances, emotions and actual range of his voice.”