According to the Love You This Big Songfacts, McCreery first picked up a guitar at the age of 10 and often impersonated Elvis Presley. While attending Garner Magnet High School he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing tenor but switched to bass when his voice turned lower in his sophomore year with the group. At the age of 16, McCreery won a singing contest called “Clayton Idol” at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina.
McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was one of the five male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.
** Top 24: Personal Choice - Letters From Home (John Michael Montgomery)
** Top 13: Personal Idol - The River (Garth Brooks)
** Top 12: Year You Were Born - Can I Trust You With My Heart (Travis Tritt)
** Top 11: Motown - For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder)
** Top 11 Redux: Elton John - Country Comfort (Elton John)
** Top 9: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - That’s All Right (Elvis Presley)
** Top 8: Songs from the Movies - I Cross My Heart (George Strait)
** Top 7: Songs from the 21st Century - Swingin’ (LeAnn Rimes)
** Top 6: Carole King - You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King)
** Top 5: Songs from Then & Now - Gone (Montgomery Gentry) / Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson)
** Top 4: Songs That Inspire / Leiber & Stoller Songbook - Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) [Alan Jackson] / Young Blood (The Coasters)
** Top 3: Personal Choice / Jimmy Iovine’s Choice / Judges’ Choice - Amazed (Lonestar) / Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not (Thompson Square) / She Believes In Me (Kenny Rogers)
Edited by IRONICtypo on 9 Feb 2012, 23:55
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