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Scotty recently answered some questions from University of Nebraska Kearney students as part of their "10 Questions with..." program. Take a look at the video below:

 

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PLATINUM-SELLING SINGER-SONGWRITER

 AND AMERICAN IDOL WINNER SCOTTY McCREERY

ANNOUNCED AS “NATIONAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR” FOR THE

12.14 FOUNDATION IN NEWTOWN, CT

 

Foundation Promotes Performing Arts as a Path for Communities to Achieve Resilience and Recovery from Tragic Events

 

Joining the charitable efforts emanating from Newtown, CT, to employ the performing arts as a healing mechanism in the wake of the horrific shooting tragedy which occurred there, the 12.14 Foundationannounced today the selection of platinum-selling country music singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery as its first “National Goodwill Ambassador.”  McCreery will play an active role in promoting the Foundation’s arts programming, supporting its fundraising efforts, and building awareness for the organization’s plans to build a world-class performing arts and education center in Newtown.

McCreery, who visited with families and school children in Newtown on December 12, 2013, just two days before the first anniversary of the tragedy, is internationally recognized as the winner of Season 10 of American Idol and who has since become one of the top new artists on the country music landscape.

"I'm honored to support the 12.14 Foundation, and greatly admire both the mission and work of this remarkable organization,” said McCreery.  “As a songwriter and performer, I know that music can bring hope and inspiration to those struggling to overcome great adversity.  The foundation’s vision of helping children and others heal through the performing arts really hits home for me as an entertainer.  I will do everything I can to help communities affected by tragedy to heal and gain strength through the work of the 12.14 Foundation.”

As a goodwill ambassador, McCreery will promote the Foundation's mission and fundraising efforts through personal appearances and social media.  For details about McCreery’s involvement with the 12.14 Foundation, please visit: http://www.1214foundation.org/scotty-mccreery.  

“Scotty is a terrific young man, and his support of the foundation’s work will be pivotal in raising national awareness for our arts programming and, ultimately, construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Newtown,” said Dr. Michael Baroody, a Newtown resident who founded the organization shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School which took the lives of 26 victims.  “Our mission is to provide healing through the arts as a way forward -- not just for those affected in Newtown but for people everywhere who have endured tragedy and trauma.  Scotty provides joy, hope and inspiration through music, has a genuine compassion for others, and is an excellent role-model for perseverance and achievement at a young age.”

About the 12.14 Foundation

The 12.14 Foundation’s long-range goal is to build a landmark, multi-purpose performing arts and education center of historical significance in Newtown as a beacon of hope and positive change for use by and to benefit people everywhere.  To be designed by a team of world-class professionals, the center is intended to attract top tier performers and will incorporate advanced multi-media capabilities to extend the foundation’s reach to a worldwide audience.   

Near-term and in advance of construction, the foundation provides arts programming in other venues, such as its recent production of “Seussical: the Musical,” which garnered national attention and included the participation of more than 100 children from the Newtown area in collaboration with award-winning Broadway leaders such as Michael Unger, Van Dean, John Tartaglia, Jeffrey Saver and Jennifer Paulson Lee.

For more information and to make donations, visit http://www.1214foundation.org/.  Mobile phone users can make a $10 tax-deductible donation to 12.14 Foundation by textingCTKIDS to 80077.

Scotty in the media discussing the 12.14 Foundation:

http://foxct.com/2014/02/25/former-american-idol-visits-newtown-as-ambassador-for-12-24-foundation/

http://new.newtownbee.com/news/features/2014/02/25/1214-foundation-giving-youth-tools-excel/192589

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Idol-star-touts-12-14-Foundation-vision-5267684.php

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Scotty McCreery Launches See You Tonight Tour in January That Will Debut Songs From Second No. 1 Album

 

Performs at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 18

 

NASHVILLE, TN—Platinum-selling country singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery will launch his new See You Tonight Tourin January. The tour, named for his current album, will make a stop at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 18.

 McCreery will feature songs from See You Tonight, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and received rave reviews from critics.

McCreery wrote five songs on his new album, which was released in October, and he’s eager to perform them live. “It’scool to be able to sing the songs for people that I wrote because they came from my heart,” he says. “This tour will capture more of who I am than anything I have ever done.”

The tour will include stops around the United States as well as potential stops abroad since he has an international following. He’s very excited about performing at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 18.

"It has been a dream of mine to play the Ryman,” he says. “It is the mother church of country music and it is a true honor.”

The album’s debut single and title track, “See You Tonight,” is approaching the country charts’ Top 20. He is nominated for Breakthrough Artist at the American Country Awards, which will air live on Fox on Dec. 10.

Cities are still being added to the tour, so visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com for the latest updates. Below are tour stops that can be currently announced:

Jan. 24 – Ashland, KY – Paramount Arts Center

Jan. 25 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum (WGH WinterFest)

Feb. 15 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s

Feb. 18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

March 1 – Orlando, FL – Sea World

March 12 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

May 16-17 – Harris, MI – Island Resort Casino

With album sales approaching 2 million in less than two years, McCreery has emerged as one of country's hottest new stars. He has earned a gold and platinum album, two gold singles, and two consecutive album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. His social numbers are equally impressive with a combined 2.4 million followers on Facebook and Twitter.

His first headlining tour has been so successful—with numerous sell-outs and additional shows added to meet demand--that a fall 2013 run was added.

After winning Season Ten of American Idol, Scotty released his debut album, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart.

That album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of one million in just thirteen weeks.  The first two singles from that album were each certified gold. In 2012, his Christmas album was also certified gold. He was named Top New Artist by Billboard and won best new artist awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Country Awards, and the CMT Awards.

His new album, See You Tonight, also debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has received impressive reviews from publications ranging from Rolling Stone and the Chicago Tribune to Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times.

“Proving once again that America got it right, the 2011 Idol champ delivers one of the fall’s best country albums…” says People magazine. “Still just barely 20, McCreery works that old-school charm and that killer baritone to irresistible effect.”

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