Johnson City Press: Country star Scotty McCreery to headline ETSU’s SGA Spring Concert
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Country star Scotty McCreery to headline ETSU’s SGA Spring Concert

Contributed • Mar 8, 2019 at 4:48 PM

Rising country music star Scotty McCreery will headline East Tennessee State University’s Student Government Association Spring Concert on Friday, April 12.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center with guest bands CAM and Bristol favorites Folk Soul Revival.

McCreery broke onto the music scene by winning season 10 of “American Idol” in 2011 and made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

That album, “Clear as Day,” was certified platinum for sales of 1 million units in just 13 weeks and became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” were also certified platinum.

McCreery won the New Artist of the Year award at both the Academy of Country Music and American Country awards ceremonies, and also received the CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls.”

McCreery followed “Clear as Day” with the successful albums “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” in 2012 and “See You Tonight” in 2013, which also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

His most recent album, “Seasons Change,” showcases his songwriting and storytelling skills as he had the opportunity to write with such noted artists as David Lee Murphy and Frank Rogers, who also co-produced the album.

It features such hit singles as “Dust on the Bottle,” “This is It” and “Five More Minutes,” which McCreery calls his “favorite song (he’d) ever written” and which hit No. 2 on the iTunes country singles chart on the day it was released.

“Sometimes you feel like you’ve really got to sell something,” McCreery said, “but this one, from the first time people heard it, everybody started telling me their own stories, and I enjoyed that more than anything else.”

ETSU student and student guest tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 7. Through April 12, students may receive one free ticket with ID and purchase up to four guest tickets for $10 each. From March 22-April 11, ETSU employees may purchase up to four tickets for $10 each.

Student and employee ticket sales will take place at the Student Organization Resource Center front desk on the second floor of the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity.

Advance public tickets are $20 each and will be available online only from March 29-April 11 at www.etsu.edu/concerts. Tickets will be available the day of the show for $25 each at the Freedom Hall box office.

For more information, call the SORC at 423-439-6633. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346 by April 5.

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