Scotty McCreery Makes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics North Carolina
NATIONAL AND LOCAL ARTISTS UNITE WITH FOUR LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ARTS
We are so accustomed to living in an area surrounded by art of every kind that we may forget what it would be like if the arts disappeared altogether. The pandemic has given the world a preview of life without live concerts, art openings, or book readings, and we do not like what we have seen. That’s why arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties, in partnership with WRAL-TV, are joining forces to rally support around the arts through a live event – Big Night In for the Arts. The regional fundraising initiative will be broadcast live on WRAL-TV on March 11 at 7pm. It will also be closed captioned and audio described, which is quite unique for a locally produced program – all in an effort to increase accessibility for everyone interested in participating. Dollars raised will go toward arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and artist/arts organizations’ relief – and with the lingering effects of the pandemic, the help comes not a moment too soon.
Scotty McCreery, ACM and CMT Award-winning country music singer and Garner, NC native joins the superstar line-up of artists performing, including: Ariana DeBose, Tony-nominated actress/singer/dancer and Raleigh native, who will be starring as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film West Side Story; Mandolin Orange, nationally acclaimed folk music duo based in Chapel Hill, featuring singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz; Branford Marsalis, three-time Grammy Award® winner and internationally renowned saxophonist based in Durham, who recently wrote the score for Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and Mike Wiley, nationally acclaimed actor and playwright based in Chatham County, who shines the light on key figures in African-American history through his performances.
“I cannot imagine my life without the arts,” said McCreery. “Just like so many others, I started playing the guitar at an early age and began writing my own songs. I was in choral groups in school and performed in a musical in high school. We all benefit from the arts. They inspire us, enrich our lives, help us to connect, help us to feel, help us to dream, and help us to learn more about each other and the world. I am happy to lend my support to the arts community in my hometown and surrounding area.”
“Our local arts communities need support now more than ever. This pandemic has been challenging in so many ways,” expressed DeBose. “Millions of people have suffered, entire industries have been brought to their knees with no relief in sight. In times of trouble, people turn to the arts. Now is the time for us to show up for each other in a radical way. That is why I am so proud to lend my voice to this event in efforts to support the community that has given me so much.”
A stream of local artists will also be participating in Big Night in for the Arts to help support their arts communities. Chatham County artist, Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski, who is nationally and internationally collected and exhibited, visualizes color and rhythmic patterns when she listens to music, resulting in paintings with a spontaneous mix of color, rhythm, texture, and movement. She will be creating a mixed media piece, which will be utilized to help raise additional funds for the campaign.
Regional and local leaders across the four counties are posting videos on social media in support of this vital fundraising event. Their messages highlight the devastation the arts have experienced due to COVID-19, while reminding us of the widespread positive effect the arts have on our communities. They implore our region to stand up and support a field that impacts the young and the old, the down-trodden and the affluent, and people of all cultures.
Supporting Big Night in for the Arts
Arts supporters can join the effort prior to the event as sponsors or donate live during the event. Audiences and arts enthusiasts who have enjoyed the arts across the Triangle for years can make a gift to benefit the four counties collectively or designate which specific county they would like to support. Every dollar helps ensure the arts in the Triangle will survive and thrive long after this pandemic has lifted.
The Chatham Arts Council, the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are grateful to the more than 70 generous corporate and individual sponsors who have already stepped up to support the arts through this event.
Join us on March 11 and lend a helping hand to the arts throughout the region! For more information on the talented artists headlining this event, sponsorship opportunities, or to donate prior to the event, go to BigNightIn.org.
SCOTTY McCREERY PREMIERES NEW ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR HIS CURRENT SINGLE, “YOU TIME,” WITH AMERICAN SONGWRITER
This morning multi-platinum Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery premiered an acoustic version of his current single “You Time” exclusively with American Songwriter. Watch the video for “You Time (Stripped)” HERE.
“A lot of times, you’ll jam to something for a week, month, or a couple of months, and then you move on from it,” McCreery shared with American Songwriter about his current single. “But I just kept coming back to this one. It was stuck in my head. Writing so much from personal life, this song feels representative of where I am. Regardless of what happened this year, the idea of wanting to spend more time with my wife remains.”
McCreery has been hard at work on the highly anticipated follow-up to RIAA Gold-Certified Seasons Change, with “You Time” as the lead single. Written by McCreery, Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis, and produced by Rogers, Eshuis and Derek Wells, the track has garnered nearly 11 million streams since its release and is in the Top 40 and climbing up the Country charts. Billboard notes, “the first single from his forthcoming album bodes well for his streak of three back-to-back No. 1’s to continue,” while MusicRow proclaims of McCreery, “as always, he’s a country beacon,” and of the track “upbeat and romantic, this has a lot going for it.”
“You Time” follows McCreery’s three back-to-back No. 1’s from Seasons Change: the RIAA Double-Platinum Certified “Five More Minutes,” RIAA Platinum-Certified “This Is It” and RIAA Gold-Certified “In Between.”
McCreery will release an official music video for “You Time” later this month. Details for the “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” premiere will be announced soon.
Scotty McCreery joins Special Olympics North Carolina in 2021 Polar Plunge fundraiser
Plunge in Place virtual fundraising event invites supporters to “Find Your Freeze” at home
Country music singer and North Carolina native Scotty McCreery will join Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in the Plunge in Place fundraising event, an adaption to the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser.
Traditional Polar Plunges take place across the state in lakes, pools and even the ocean to benefit SONC. This year, the Plunge in Place event encourages participants to take the Plunge however they choose: into a pool, an ice bath, the ocean, using a frigid bottle of water or running through sprinklers. Regardless of the chosen Plunge method, all funds raised will directly benefit Special Olympics athletes continuing to train and achieve sports goals in their communities.
McCreery has created “Team Scotty” to fundraise in support of SONC. He will also video himself taking the Plunge; the video will be featured during Plunge Week, February 21-26.
“I’m happy to Plunge in Place this year and show my support of the nearly 40,000 athletes who train and compete as part of Special Olympics North Carolina,” said McCreery. “They inspire me.”
Join McCreery and fellow fundraisers by registering online to begin the Plunge in Place fundraising process or donate in support of the Plunge in Place initiative. Polar Plungers must raise $50 by January 30 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt or a minimum of $100 by February 26 to qualify for additional Plunge incentives and contests. Super Plungers must raise a minimum of $100 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt, the commemorative sweatshirt and to qualify for contests and incentive prizes.
- January 1-30:Register and fundraise a minimum of $50 to receive the official 2021 Plunge in Place T-shirt by Plunge Week.
- February 14-20: Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics North Carolina agencies and supporters are encouraged to share their Plunge videos this week.
- February 27:SONC hosts a live, virtual Plunge in Place celebration via Zoom at 2 p.m., featuring top Plunge in Place videos and awards.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Billy Bob’s Texas & Scotty McCreery Donate $2,100 To ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Award winner Scotty McCreery played a limited capacity show at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on January 23rd. $1 of every ticket sold went to ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music that is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music with health programs and hardship services.
With the help of McCreery and his fans, $2,100 was donated. Billy Bob’s Texas has partnered with ACM Lifting Lives® twice since 2017, working with Kane Brown and Midland to raise money for the cause.
“We were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Scotty McCreery and partner with such an incredible and important organization again,” says Billy Bob’s Texas General Manager, Marty Travis.
“I love having an opportunity to help a great cause like ACM Lifting Lives, and doing it while performing at a legendary venue like Billy Bob’s Texas is an added bonus,” said McCreery.
“We are immensely grateful to both Scotty McCreery and Billy Bob’s Texas for their generous contributions to ACM Lifting Lives,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “Billy Bob’s has been a great partner in the past, and it was an honor to have their continued support during Saturday’s show. We look forward to using the donation to continue to support those in need in the Country Music community.”
Before the show, Billy Bob’s Texas presented McCreery with an oversized check showcasing the donation.
Pictured: Billy Bob’s General Manager- Marty Travis, Scotty McCreery, Billy Bob’s Creative Director- Terran Flusche
SCOTTY McCREERY PRESENTS DOUBLE PLATINUM PLAQUE FOR “FIVE MORE MINUTES” TO GRAND OLE OPRY
Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery presented a plaque commemorating the RIAA-certified Double Platinum sales of his first No.1 hit “Five More Minutes” to the Grand Ole Opry backstage this past Saturday, December 12, 2020 prior to his performance. The Opry was represented by Dan Rogers, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and Executive Producer, and Gina Keltner, Director of Opry Talent Scheduling and Logistics. “Five More Minutes” was written by McCreery, Frank Rogers (who also produced the song), and Monty Criswell. It was the first single from his Gold-certified album Seasons Change. “Five More Minutes” was certified Double Platinum in January 2020, but due to the pandemic McCreery had not had an opportunity to return to the Opry until this past weekend.
“I debuted ‘Five More Minutes’ nationally on the Grand Ole Opry back in June 2016,” said McCreery. “I wasn’t on a record label at the time, but I believed in this song and wanted to share it. A few weeks later, I saw that I was trending on social media and wondered ‘what did I do?’ I learned quickly that the Opry had released a video of that performance on their YouTube Channel and it was attracting thousands of viewers by the hour. The Opry played a major role in the success of that song, and I will always be thankful to them for that.”
Gina Keltner (Director of Opry Talent Scheduling and Logistics), Dan Rogers (Grand Ole Opry Vice President and Executive Producer) receive a plaque commemorating RIAA-certified Double Platinum sales of the single “Five More Minutes” from Scotty McCreery on December 12, 2020
Sadly, country music legend Charley Pride passed away on Saturday as well, and Scotty dedicated his performance of “Five More Minutes” to him at the Grand Ole Opry that night.
“We lost a great entertainer and an even greater man,” said McCreery. “That night in June 2016 when I debuted ‘Five More Minutes,’ I had just hung out with Charley and Bill Anderson backstage where we talked baseball. Charley was always kind to me. Whenever we saw each other, we’d talk baseball, music, and more, and he treated me like he had known me forever. Country Music lost a giant this weekend.”
Charley Pride, Scotty McCreery, and Bill Anderson hang backstage at the Grand Ole Opry on June 10, 2016