“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is doing double duty Thanksgiving.
In the morning, he’ll perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, then fly to Atlanta for the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall in the evening to sing George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies,” the hymn “Mary, Did You Know?” and the Burl Ives classic “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”
“This will be my first Thanksgiving not at my grandma’s,” McCreery said in a quick phone interview from his home in Garner, N.C. Tuesday. “But I’ll have my family with me. We’ll probably have turkey on the plane!”
And this will be his third trip to Lenox. He was there two days after winning “American Idol” to open the Microsoft store. When “Idols Live” tour rolled into Atlanta in July, he had a day off and remembers walking around Lenox, cap pulled down, incognito.
He also made it to a Braves game and met the players, though he admits he’s a bigger Boston Red Sox fan. Both teams collapsing in September on the same day, he said, was rough. “It was terrible,” he said. “I was at home watching it on TV. I let out this big yell. My mom thought I was hurt!”
Q: How much of senior high are you missing now that you have an album out and a tour coming up with Brad Paisley?
McCreery: I’m missing some of it. I’ve been around for the big stuff like homecoming. My football team is one game from the state championship! Fortunately, I’m doing what I love. It’s all good.
Q: You just saw Brad Paisley at the CMAs. Do you still feel like a fan when you meet all these country stars?
McCreery: It’s still weird to me. When I’m walking around backstage, I have to pick my chin off the floor. It’s amazing to be around all those stars. It’s just wild.
Q: Country radio rarely embraces male singers until they’re in their 20s. How have they treated you so far?
McCreery: I’m still working hard to prove myself. I’m still trying to win some radio people over. They see me as the new guy. Is he legit? I have to pay my dues and hit the ground running.
IF YOU GO
Macy’s Great Tree Lighting with Scotty McCreery, gospel duo Mary Mary and “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Melanie Moore. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Lenox Square Mall. 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-233-7575. www.simon.com
“The Macy’s Great Tree Lighting,” Channel 2 WSB, 7 p.m. Thanksgiving
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk