Scotty McCreery made an appearance in Rexburg April 26 in the Hart Auditorium, where he performed country music.
“I just loved how [the concert] felt,” said Camille Williams, a freshman majoring in general studies. “It was genuine, and he’s not all about being so popular. He’s so grounded, and that’s my favorite part about him.”
Williams said that one of her favorite parts about McCreery’s music is that he talks about North Carolina, her home state.
“He goes to North Carolina State University, which is an hour and a half from where I live,” Williams said. “All my friends go there, and they see him all the time around campus. He hangs out with his friends that he hung out with in high school. I just feel like he is really grounded and doesn’t understand how famous he really is. He’s just a good Southern boy that just loves what he does.”
Williams said that her friends who know McCreery say he is just another normal kid and isn’t prideful about the fame he has received since winning American Idol in 2011.
“We were in high school around the same time, and because we live in the same county and school district he would play baseball against our school,” said Caroline Bennett, a sophomore majoring in general studies. “It would just be really funny — ‘Oh Scotty’s coming over to play against us.’”
Bennett said her friends said that McCreery was a humble person.
“The one thing that I love most about his music is how old country music is fading away, but is he kind of trying to bring it back, and you can hear that in his music,” Bennett said.
Bennett said that her favorite part of the concert was the fun that he brought into the music and the feeling of Southern hospitality that the audience felt through the passion McCreery has for his hometown.
“It’s hard to find a voice like him,” said Curtis Bullock, a sophomore studying business management. “I haven’t listened to too much of Scotty before, and he gained another fan.”
Bullock said that he loved how McCreery was enthusiastic in his performance and was able to include the concertgoers in his performance by going into the crowd and interacting with the audience.
“It made me appreciate [country music] a lot more,” Bullock said. “Not only that, but he has great, clean lyrics too. That’s not typical in today’s world. What made me awe-inspired was just how professional he is at 20 years old. … He is a talented man.”
Chandler Sperry, a sophomore studying business management, said his playing along with McCreery’s music inspires his own music and motivates him to be a better artist.
“I think it’s great how he keeps his music clean,” Sperry said. “He really tries to keep country how it is instead of how it really has started to become a pop scene with country music, and it’s a hard value to find in country singers today.”
Sperry said that the encore was his favorite part of the concert.
“The crowd was alive, the music was just pumping,” Sperry said.