Scott Cooke “Scotty” McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States.
McCreery was born to Judy (née Cooke) and Michael McCreery on October 9, 1993 in Raleigh, North Carolina. His parents originally planned on naming him Evan, but changed their minds as they were on their way to the hospital. He is a quarter Puerto Rican; His father, a manufacturing systems analyst for Schneider Electric, was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to an American father on military duty and a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan who later moved to Aberdeen, North Carolina. McCreery’s mother works as a real estate agent for Fonville Morisey. McCreery has an older sister named Ashley, who attended UNC Charlotte. Both were raised in Garner, North Carolina.
McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the Hollywood group round, he joined the “Guaps” and became embroiled in the drama when fellow group member Clint Jun Gamboa expelled Jacee Badeaux from the group. He later expressed regret for not standing up for Jacee.