After getting his high school sheepskin and a new CMT Music Award (or USA Breakthrough Video of the Year), Scotty McCreery is happy to be able to turn music into his sole and full-time pursuit.
"Oh, of course -- this what I want to do for the rest of my life," the 2011 "American Idol" champ, who helped pitch his Clayton, N.C., baseball team into the playoffs this season, told Billboard.com. "You've got to put in the work early to be able to do that for the next few years down the road. It's pretty intense. It's getting to be...I don't want to say a job, but it's getting to be like that. I'm taking it seriously. But I love it. I never wanted to sit behind a desk; that wasn't me. I love entertaining. If I wasn't on ('Idol') I would've tried to head to Nashville and make it the traditional way."
McCreery has already made some waves in the country world. His debut album, "Clear As Day," is certified platinum and has spawned three Top 20 country hits -- including the current Top 50 hit "Water Tower Town." He's back out on the road now with Brad Paisley, but he's also ready to get to work on his second album.
"We've gotten songs in... and starting to get in the mode of writing and stuff," McCreery says. "We've already got a few winners picked out I'm really excited about cutting. It's going to be fun. I like the process of making an album. The first one I did was a little rushed; I didn't get to enjoy it or get creative with it. This one we're going to take our time and really make a good album." McCreery predicts that he'll probably start recording during the summer, in-between concert dates, but he doesn't expect to release anything until 2013.
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