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February 14, 2013

Before Friday's Rapids show, Scott McCreery discusses college, rise to fame

Night & Day — This weekend an “American Idol” winner comes to town for a show at the Rapids Theatre. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery already has an impressive resume which includes a platinum album, an ACM and CMT award and a major tour with Brad Paisley.

The 19-year-old country singer may be on the fast track to stardom, but he still is taking the time to go to college.

“I grew up with grandparents that didn’t have the opportunity to further their education and they instilled upon me at a young age that if you have a chance to go to college you have to go regardless of what else is going on,” McCreery said during a recent telephone interview.

In addition to touring and managing his career, McCreery is a full-time college student at North Carolina State University, even though he will likely be able to make a good living as an entertainer.

“I have been able to balance education and music, and even though with my music career I may not need college to find a job, I am doing it for the experience and to be a lifelong learner and a better all-around person.”

On the telephone, McCreery is just as humble as he appeared to be when he was on “Idol.” With all the trappings of success that have consumed so many other young performers I asked McCreery if he felt any pressure to be a good role model for his generation.

“I hope I can be a good role model. I don’t feel a lot of pressure I’m no angel, I just feel fortunate to be able to do what I’m doing and I want to do it well,” McCreery said.

Not many 19-year-olds are fans of traditional country music, so I asked him if he grew up in a household that listened to a lot of music.

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