Nashville is only an hour flight away, but Garner’s favorite son said he doesn’t plan to cut ties to his hometown any time soon.
“I’m definitely going to spend a lot of time in Nashville once things get kicking, but I want to raise my kids here in Garner, so we will see how things work out,” Scotty McCreery told NBC-17 Wednesday in an extended interview.
McCreery has had a whirlwind life since winning “American Idol.” He went on tour with his other contestants, and insisted he planned to return to Garner for his senior year at Garner High School.
“When we were leaving ‘American Idol’ and getting off the tour, we said we were going to go back to school and make things work,” McCreery said. “They laughed at us. But we said, ‘You don’t know my hometown and we’re going to give it a shot.’
“It worked out.”
McCreery is still singing and performing, but he also has had some normal high school experiences. He was a regular on Friday nights at Garner High football games and is a pitcher on the Trojans’ baseball team, using his curve ball to throw a complete game this season.
People around town are proud of his achievements, but not intrusive.
“The people in this town a really gracious to me and really kind,” he said. “I’ll get a lot of ‘Heys’ and waves across the table if I’m eating dinner at a restaurant or something, but for the most part people treat me like the same kid, especially my friends and teachers at the high school,” he said.
He was remembered his roots in a variety of ways, from his hit “Water Tower Town” to including Garner cheerleaders in a video.
“I’ve had the time of my life here,” he said. “I’m blessed to be here and I want to continue to live here.”
He’ll graduate soon from high school, however, and then head on to N.C.State, where the juggling act will continue. McCreery said he wants to graduate from NCSU, but acknowledged he will have to find some balance in his schedule.
“Nashville’s just an hour flight away,” he said. “I think we’re going to be able to make that work.”
He said he might have to take classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays to free up the time he needs for his music.
“It’s tough, to be sure, to stay current in music, though. It’s a 24-7 job,” he said. “I’m constantly checking my emails and stuff.”
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