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Scotty McCreery’s Items on Exhibit at N.C. Museum of History


Fans will flock to Raleigh to catch one of Scotty McCreery’s performances at the N.C. State Fair. Another must for fans — a visit to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh to see several of McCreery’s items on exhibit. Through Sunday, Oct. 27, an exhibit case spotlights objects the 2011 “American Idol” winner has donated to the museum. Admission is free.

The exhibit case, titled Scotty McCreery: An “American Idol,” features these items:

● The outfit — black leather jacket, jeans, T-shirt and cross necklace —  that McCreery wore when he sang his final duet, “Live Like You Were Dying,” on “American Idol” with country superstar Tim McGraw at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, Ca., on May 25, 2011.

● The lyrics sheet for “Live Like You Were Dying.” The sheet indicates the individual parts: “S” for Scotty and “T” for Tim.

● The gold record presented to McCreery by Mercury Records for his first album, Clear as Day, which sold over 500,000 copies in the seven months after his “American Idol” victory.

● The backstage pass used by McCreery’s mother, Judy McCreery, on May 24 and 25, 2011, for the “American Idol” final rehearsal and show at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, Ca.
More About McCreery
America fell in love with McCreery and his deep, undeniably country voice during the 2011 season of “American Idol.” After the hit TV show’s four-month competition, with a record-breaking 122.4 million votes cast for the final showdown, the Garner high school student won the coveted title. Nearly 39 million viewers tuned in to the season finale. Seventeen-year-old McCreery was the youngest male contestant and the first male country music singer to win “American Idol.”

Born on Oct. 9, 1993, in Garner, McCreery attended West Lake Middle School and in 2012 graduated from Garner Magnet High School, where he sang bass in a vocal ensemble and played on the Garner Trojans baseball team. Now a student at N.C. State University, he maintains an active performance schedule.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the N.C. Museum of History and see the exhibit case Scotty McCreery: An “American Idol.”
For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or go to or Facebook.

About the N.C. Museum of History
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit