You have to give Scotty McCreery credit -- he is one hard-working country singer. Not only is he promoting his new album -- a collection of Christmas songs and holiday music -- but he is also putting in a lot of face time on television. In fact, he has a new Christmas special on GAC TV on Saturday night -- "Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends."
The special will have a late premiere on December 1 and, if it is like most shows on the network, it will go on a continuing rotation for at least a month (so if you miss the first go round, just check back to GAC TV or check your local listings. It'll be coming back around shortly.) Among the "Friends" hanging out with the 19-year-old "American Idol" winner will be Gloriana, Jana Kramer, and Brett Eldredge.
Accrding to GAC News & Notes, Scotty will sing his first single from the album, "Christmas In Heaven," one of two original songs recorded just for the release. He will also perform “Let it Snow” and “Santa Claus Is Back In Town," both of which are also on Christmas with Scotty McCreery.
Gloriana, a group basking in the success of their first Top 10 country hit ("(Kissed You) Good Night," which peaked at No. 2) will perform “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”
Jana Kramer, whose first single "Why Ya Wanna" peaked at No. 3 recently, performs “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.”
Brett Eldridge, new to the country scene and just off his first show at the Grand Ole Opry, will add his own renditions of “Mary Did You Know” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Scotty, who will be playing the Grand Ole Opry himself on Dec. 7 (according to his official website, ScottyMcCreery.com), has been busy since just before he released his sophomore album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery (hence the catchy title of his holiday special). He showed up on "Live! with Kelly and Michael" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in early October. He did two sold out shows at the North Carolina State Fair in mid-October.
The album dropped on October 16 and debuted the next week on the Billboard 200 at No. 4, No. 2 on the Country Albums chart, and No. 1 on the Holiday Albums chart.
Scotty's been on the road doing concerts here and there as well, including the one on Black Friday that he altered a bit from the simple "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" to the "Beacon Theater Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief." He teamed up with World Vision, a Christian relief organization, and donated a portion of each ticket sold to their ongoing disaster relief efforts in the New York and New Jersey area that was left devastated in the wake of the late October superstorm, Sandy.
And Scotty's definitely hoping to infuse everyone with the giving spirit. During "Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends," Scotty and his fellow performers wrapped gifts for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Audience members were encouraged to choose an angel from the tree in the studio.
The special will also include a clip of Scotty's recent trip to the Dominican Republic, which he visited as part of his work with Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child. The young singer handed out specially-packed Christmas boxes while he was there, noting that he was "glad that [he could] be on the other end of it now."
Scotty rose to fame through the popular singing competition "American Idol," which he won in 2011, the tenth person and the first male country singer to take the title. He released his first album, Clear As Day, in October the same year. It debuted at No. 1. The album has since gone platinum, selling over 1.1 million copies to date. Christmas with Scotty McCreery is his second album and has already sold over 165,000 copies.
Scotty was also at the 82nd annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center on Nov. 28, where he, along with new "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, and a few others performed holiday music for the traditional event. There was an encore showing the last day of November as well.
"Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends" premieres at 11 p.m. (EST) on GAC TV on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Take Home Message: Scotty McCreery's heart is definitely in the right place. He's not only making money doing what he loves but he's also using that money to help those less fortunate and those in need. And it's a good message he shares: Remember that there are those going through hardship during this traditional time of sharing and gift-giving -- reach out and help your fellow man in any way you can. That is a gift truly worthy of giving.
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