LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2012 – After MidNite host Blair Garner will travel to Garner, N.C. today, May 4, to spend a day in the life of country star Scotty McCreery. Garner will sit down with the North Carolina native for a candid conversation about his journey from high school, to winning season 10 of American Idol, to becoming Country music’s rising star. In addition, Garner will attend one of McCreery’s baseball games, followed by a dinner gathering at the McCreery home, where he will speak candidly with McCreery’s family, teammates, fans, high school principal and “Miss Garner 2012” Johna Edmonds. Exclusive audio and video from the special visit will be featured on After MidNite and www.AfterMidNite.com next week.
“Scotty has had such an impact on the country music world as an American Idol winner AND for prioritizing his education while pursuing a career in the music industry,” said Garner, who recently discovered his ancestors settled Garner, North Carolina. “We thought it would be fun to go and catch Scotty in his own backyard for a change instead of having him come to our studio. The town has really rolled out the red carpet for us, and we can’t wait to meet everyone and catch Scotty on the field!”
McCreery, who put high school on hold to audition for American Idol, made chart history by becoming the first country artist to debut an album at number one the Billboard 200 chart. He was recently honored as the fan-voted “New Artist of the Year” at the 2012 ACM Awards. McCreery has also received two 2012 Billboard Music Award nominations for the all-genre “Top New Artist” and “Top Country Album” for Clear As Day, and a 2012 CMT Music Award nomination in the “USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” category for his The Trouble With Girls video. After finishing up his concert tour with Brad Paisley this spring, McCreery decided to return to Garner Magnet High School to complete his senior year and reprise his role as the varsity baseball team’s relief pitcher. For more information, please visit www.AfterMidNite.com.