Scotty McCreery opens up about life and music

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - At just 19-years-old Scotty McCreery is living the life he always dreamed about.

"I remember singing as a little kid and imitating Elvis Presley and wanting to be him," McCreery said, "I'm not there, but we are just playing some music like I wanted to be doing."

McCreery is a country music star who tours the world singing and made a stop in Biloxi Saturday for the Crawfish Music Festival.

"Just checking out the new cities. This is the first time in Biloxi and so far I'm digging it," McCreery said.

His big break came after winning American Idol two years ago.

"When you audition you don't really think you are going to win it. You hope, it's in the back of your mind, but not realistically," McCreery said. "I'm two years out from that and here we are headlining the tour. It's pretty surreal but we are kind of taken back and it's a lot of fun."

In just a short time he has made a big name for himself. His first album went platinum and he became the youngest man in history to be at the top of the charts with a debut release.

He has also won numerous awards. When asked what his biggest accomplishment is so far his answer had nothing to do with the awards.

"Oh my gosh, I don't know if I'd pinpoint one award or one thing," McCreery said. "I'm just happy I get to be doing this for a living and get to be with my band and my crew and just having a great time, bring my family out while still staying true to who I am as a person. I'd say that's my biggest accomplishment is not getting my head too big to fit on stage."

McCreery credits his fans for getting him to where he is today and does not miss an opportunity to talk with them.

"I'm blessed and I'm humbled by it," McCreery said. "I'm hoping I'm doing this for the rest of my life. We are starting right now and a few more radio hits and hopefully we can be playing in that building right there (Coast Coliseum).

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In addition to singing and touring McCreery is also pursuing his undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University .

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