American Idol season 10 winner Scott McCreery relies heavily upon his faith. The 20-year-old country singer, who has never had any reservations about expressing his strong beliefs, depends upon his sanctity as a means of guidance as he tackles the drawbacks of fame amid winning the most notable singing competition in the world.
McCreery recently spoke exclusively with Fox News, sharing his perspective of the industry for a moralistic stance. He spoke of the personal bouts he encounters as a religious person in an industry that doesn’t always depict the best moral perspective or model behavior.
“I don’t want to put anyone down, but you won’t see any twerking from me,” McCreery joked.
However, McCreery did mention one of the relatively positive aspects of the country music genre. He personally feels that there are less challenges associated with country music as opposed to genres like rap and rock.
“I’m not ashamed [of my faith] but I know that everyone doesn’t agree with me,” said McCreery. “I think especially in the country music world, if there’s anyone that’s going to accept it, it’ll be them.”
He also plans to stay true to his initial plans in regards to his musicianship by including religious songs on all of his albums.
“I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds,” McCreery explained. “The Christmas record has strong, traditional hymns but it also has a song called “Christmas in Heaven” about missing someone that you love that’s passed on and wondering what’s going on up there on Christmas.”
On his first studio album Clear As Day, McCreery included one religious song entitled “That Old King James,” which centers a bible being passed down through a family as an heirloom. The bible serves as a metaphor of teaching the Holy word. The song was nominated for the Mainstream Inspirational Country Song at the 2013 ICMAs.
McCreery’s latest album See You Tonight was released in October of 2013. Now, he’s preparing for a cross-country tour. However, he also cited touring as another aspect of a performer’s lifestyle that comes with great temptation.
“The road is a fun place and it’s a great place to get out there and explore the country,” he said. “But as far as the road life with the ‘rock and roll temptations,’ there’s not much of that with me.”
He also accredits his tour-life ease to the close-knit group of friends he has in his band to support him.
“Luckily I’ve got a great group of guys in my band we we don’t usually face the temptations that you see in the old rock style kind of folks.”