Music News

Jason Aldean Says the Things He's Most Thankful for Don't Change Much

James Minchin IIIIn a year that saw Jason Aldean celebrate his wedding to Brittany Kerr in March and wrap his successful Burn It Down Tour in October by giving $615,000 to breast cancer research, the "Gonna Know We Were Here" singer says this Thanksgiving, the things he's grateful for really haven't changed much."You know my thing is pretty much the same every year," he reflects. "You know as long as I didn't have any tragedies happen in my life and my kids are healthy and my family's healthy, and both my parents are still here. You know all that stuff-- that's about all I can ask for at this point."Jason adds that continuing to be able to successfully do what he loves is something he never takes for granted."Being able to do this for another year and everybody allowing us to keep doing this is obviously high on the list too," he points out. "But the fact that I haven't had any big tragedies, I guess in my life, losing anybody-- that's a huge thing for me."In January, Jason kicks off his We Were Here Tour with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses, before playing his first dates in Australia in March.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sam Hunt's Looking Forward to a Long Overdue Trip Home for Thanksgiving, Hopes t

MCA NashvilleWhile Sam Hunt has had plenty of success this year, what he hasn't had much of is time at home in Georgia with his family."I haven't been home, so it'll be really great to see my parents, my mom and dad," he says of his plans over the Thanksgiving holiday. "I get to talk to them on the phone, but seeing them in person and hanging out in the home I grew up in is even more special. And then most of my family is pretty close to where my parents are in Georgia, so I get to see aunts and uncles and cousins and grandmother and all other folks that I don't get to see nearly as much as I'd like to."So while he'll be traveling home with four platinum singles under his belt, plus an all-genre win for New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards earlier this week-- Sam's greatest reward for all his hard work this year may be a little extra time with his folks."Last year we had a show in Florida the day after Thanksgiving, so we took the bus from Nashville to Florida and all the band and everybody was on the bus and they joined us for Thanksgiving that day with my family," he recalls. "This year... I'll have a few more days around Thanksgiving, so I'm going to get to go home and maybe do some hunting and get out in the woods a little bit and hang out a little longer than just an afternoon like last year."December 4, Sam is due back at work, with a sold-out show at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Kelsea Ballerini Excited to Take Time to Count Her Blessings

Brad Lovell/Iconic EntertainmentIt's been quite a year for Kelsea Ballerini -- she had her first number one with "Love Me Like You Mean It," then almost immediately followed that up with CMA nominations for New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year, then found herself again competing against the likes of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood for the Favorite Female Artist -- Country trophy at the American Music Awards. So this Thanksgiving, the newcomer says she's most looking forward to taking a little time to count her blessings."I am excited for a little bit of time off," the 22-year-old says. "I haven't had that in awhile, to just kind of like let stuff soak in, eat some food, you know, just hang out for a little bit."The Knoxville, Tennessee, native also confesses that she's anticipating adding a little spice to her life -- a little pumpkin spice, that is. "I'm cliche. I like pumpkins. So pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin anything is good. Pumpkins!" (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)The holiday will be fairly short-lived for Kelsea, though. On December 3, she performs at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, which you can see throughout the yuletide season on PBS. That night, you can also catch her version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on CMA Country Christmas at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Then on December 11, Billboard honors her as its Rising Star at the Women in Music event in New York City. You can catch that show December 18 on Lifetime. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Confesses Favorite Thanksgiving Dish

Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekWith a new single called “Confession,” Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard admits he has one to make, just in time for Thanksgiving.“Sweet potato casserole. That’s my favorite. Can’t wait to get into that. That’s gonna be awesome!” he confesses.But if you put Tyler in charge of making it, it sounds like you might be in trouble.  “I don’t know. I guess...” he trails off, when asked what goes into whipping up his favorite. “My grandma’s special, man. My grandma’s love I guess. I don’t know exactly what it is. But it’s some good stuff. I’m excited!”While his partner’s culinary skills may not necessarily inspire gratitude, Brian Kelley says the duo certainly has plenty to be thankful for this holiday. “The fans, man. They have changed our lives… Just getting to meet so many of our fans this past year. We’re thankful for that and that’s what keeps this thing going,” he reflects.“This year was a first on many levels,” he looks back.  “Getting through our first worldwide headline tour was incredible. We did a whole bunch of dates, took it through Europe, all the way across I think everywhere -- it was crazy. But thankful for that tour. We didn’t have to cancel a show or anything like that. Good health out there for everybody and just a ton of memories. “Florida Georgia Line will be making more memories around the globe next year. Right now, their first dates scheduled in 2016 kick off March 8 in Melbourne, Australia.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Ray Says Real Men Love Grandma's Dump Cake

ABC/Fred LeeMichael Ray’s latest single may be “Real Men Love Jesus,” but with his family at Thanksgiving, he says real men love grandma’s calorie-laden desserts.“My grandmother makes this thing called a Dump Cake and it’s like super bad for you. There’s no healthiness in the whole thing,” he asserts. But the “Kiss You in the Morning” chart-topper says the treat is so tasty, it inspires a little competition.“It like causes almost a family feud every holiday... It’s so good… It’s like chocolate cake and chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, I guess it is, and crushed up Heath bars, and it’s layered like that for four layers, so we try to sneak it before everybody else gets it,” Ray confesses.After enjoying some Turkey Day Dump Cake, Michael continues the Wild Ones Tour with Kip Moore Friday night at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Rays Says Real Men Love Grandma's Dump Cake

ABC/Fred LeeMichael Ray’s latest single may be “Real Men Love Jesus,” but with his family at Thanksgiving, he says real men love grandma’s calorie-laden desserts.“My grandmother makes this thing called a Dump Cake and it’s like super bad for you. There’s no healthiness in the whole thing,” he asserts. But the “Kiss You in the Morning” chart-topper says the treat is so tasty, it inspires a little competition.“It like causes almost a family feud every holiday... It’s so good… It’s like chocolate cake and chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, I guess it is, and crushed up Heath bars, and it’s layered like that for four layers, so we try to sneak it before everybody else gets it,” Ray confesses.After enjoying some Turkey Day Dump Cake, Michael continues the Wild Ones Tour with Kip Moore Friday night at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Darius Rucker Loves Football and Sweet Potato Pie at Thanksgiving

Natasha Moustache/CMAOn Thanksgiving, you’ll find Darius Rucker watching football and eating sweet potato pie, if the “Southern Style” hitmaker has his way.“I’m a big food guy, as you can tell by looking at me up here. I like food a lot!” he jokes. “My favorite thing is my sisters' sweet potato pie. I just, I love sweet potato pie so much and I don’t get it very often and my sisters always make sure I get a couple during Thanksgiving and Christmas. So that’s my favorite thing, sweet potato pie.”For the avid sports fan, his other favorite thing is to kick back and take in some football on the fourth Thursday in November.“Thanksgiving I always go to the Clemson/Carolina game, but Thanksgiving Day is my favorite sports day of the year. It’s crazy how much football you get to watch on Thanksgiving Day,” he laughs. “I really like that a lot! But I’m a homebody. I don’t really go a lot of places. I don’t go to a lot of games. I like to watch ‘em on TV, but you know Thanksgiving Day is big for me.”You might spot Darius in the stands next Saturday when the Clemson Tigers take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. The game will be televised at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.Next week, Darius performs on the CMA Country Christmas special December 3 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Chris Young's first number one single? ANSWER:  "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2009.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Looks Forward to Thanksgiving Dinner at AT&T Stadium

ABC/Image Group LAHaving picked up both his second CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy and the American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist -- Country just this month, Luke Bryan admits he certainly has plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving."I'm thankful certainly for my health and the health of my family and my fans and that every year it seems like I've been blessed that things do get bigger and better every year, and I feel like I have cheated the system for quite a few years now," he says slyly, "so I'm excited by that and very thankful for it."This year, Luke and his family won't be gathered around the table at home for the traditional feast, because he's helping the Salvation Army kick off its holiday Red Kettle Campaign."For Thanksgiving I’m doing the halftime show at the Cowboys’ game, so we’ll be eating Thanksgiving dinner in AT&T Stadium, which’ll be amazing. We’re excited to team up with the Cowboys and the Salvation Army and do that," he says.As for what he's most looking forward to eating this Turkey Day, Luke jokes "... whatever Jerry Jones serves me...!", dropping the name of the Cowboys' owner. You can check out his Thanksgiving Day show as Dallas takes on the Carolina Panthers Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CT on CBS.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Playing North Charleston, SC

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks is taking his World Tour to North Charleston, SC, this February.Garth will play one show only at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday, February 13.  As with Garth's other shows, wife Trisha Yearwood's also on the bill.On-sale date for tickets is Friday, December 4, exclusively through Ticketmaster.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw will be one of the main speakers at Country Radio Seminar 2016. He’ll give a talk called ”Transcending/Evolving with Tim McGraw” at the annual disc jockey convention in Nashville in February. Florida Georgia Line will play the Carolina Country Music Fest June 10-12 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Michael Ray performed his number-one hit “Kiss You in the Morning” at a surprise presentation Monday at Nashville’s Hunters Lane High School, where StubHub and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation gave close to $40,000 worth of instruments to the band program.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jennifer Nettles Debuts Song from New Album on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Natasha Moustache/CMAIf you feel like you haven't seen much of Jennifer Nettles lately -- well, the female half of Sugarland is about to change all that. In fact, she's pretty much taking over your TV during the 2015 holiday. For the sixth year in a row, she'll host CMA Country Christmas on ABC on December 3, and then a week later, she'll play Dolly Parton's mother Avie Lee in the NBC movie Coat of Many Colors. But her TV takeover starts this Thursday as she gets up early to do the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade."My first time to do that!" she exclaims excitedly. "And what an iconic celebration for what is really my favorite holiday. I mean, I love Christmas and clearly I get the honor of hosting the CMA Country Christmas, you know, when it happens, but yeah, I’ve never done the Macy’s Parade and Thanksgiving is all the family, all the fellowship, all the food and none of the fuss and stress of presents so -- and it’s about gratitude, so that to me is my favorite."Since Turkey Day is high on Jennifer's list, you can bet she'll be bringing son Magnus Hamilton to New York City -- just don't expect to spot him in his mama's arms. "Oh yes, always!" she replies, when asked if the soon-to-be three-year-old will be along. "I mean, he won't be on the float. I'm sure he'll be snuggled up and warm and cozy at home watching all the balloons go by."Jennifer's early-morning TV appearance will also be a little preview of her debut project for Big Machine Records, which is due sometime in 2016. "I will be on the Domino’s Sugar float," she reveals, "and I will be singing a song called ‘Sugar’ that-- appropriately, yes-- will be on my new album."She won't be the only country star on the route, either. Jake Owen is also set to make an appearance on the parade that kicks off at 9 a.m. all across the country on Thanksgiving Day.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Zac Brown's Collaboration with Avicii to Be Featured in Dancing with the Stars F

Southern ReelZac Brown Band’s latest song may be “Beautiful Drug,” but there’s another tune featuring Zac you may soon start hearing a lot. The band leader contributes vocals to Avicii’s “Broken Arrows,” the third single from the Swedish DJ and producer’s million-selling STORIES album.The just-released video for the song was inspired by the true story of an unnamed Olympic high jumper who overcame his struggles with alcohol to win a gold medal in 1968. Neither Avicii nor Zac actually appear in the clip, which goes on to depict the athlete's struggles raising a young daughter.“Broken Arrows” will also be featured Tuesday night in the two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars. You can catch it at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt Compete in the Major All-Genre Categories at the AMAs

Dick Clark ProductionsCountry music will be well-represented at Sunday’s American Music Awards, with both Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt competing in the major all-genre categories.Sam has the most nominations of any country artist -- up for three trophies, including New Artist against rapper Fetty Wap, Swedish singer Tove Lo, rockers WALK THE MOON and Canadian singer The Weeknd.Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan each have two nods, with Luke competing against the likes of One Direction, Maroon 5 and overall top nominee Taylor Swift, who has six total, for Artist of the Year. Luke will sing his new duet “Home Alone Tonight” with Karen Fairchild as well, who’ll also hand out a trophy with her band, Favorite Group contender Little Big Town.Potential Favorite Female winner Carrie Underwood will perform too, while her competitor Kelsea Ballerini will present. The boys from Florida Georgia Line will test their skills at teleprompter-reading as well.The 2015 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Here are all the country nominees:ARTIST OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan Ariana Grande Maroon 5 Nicki Minaj One Direction Ed Sheeran Sam Smith Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor The WeekndNEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S Fetty Wap Sam Hunt Tove Lo Walk The Moon The WeekndFAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Sam HuntFAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Carrie UnderwoodFAVORITE DUO or GROUP -- COUNTRY Zac Brown Band Florida Georgia Line Little Big TownFAVORITE ALBUM -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes Sam Hunt, MontevalloCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jason Aldean Says the AMA Trophy for Favorite Album Would Feel Like a Win for Hi

ABC/Image Group LAWhile Jason Aldean has been nominated and won quite a few trophies at the CMAs and ACMs, he says being in the running for an American Music Award is a different experience entirely, because it puts you in the room with entertainers from all different kinds of music.“It's a cool deal. You got that many artists from all different genres. I mean it's the biggest artists in the world in one room, basically. I mean that and the Grammys is about the only time that that ever happens. So it's a cool thing to be a part of for sure, and to be nominated for those things, it doesn't happen every year. So when you do get a nomination it's pretty special.”This year, Jason is up for both Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album in the country categories. He says a win for Old Boots, New Dirt would be particularly special, since it would feel like a win for his whole team.“Album to me is something that a lot of the people that I work with, I mean from [Michael] Knox who was the guy that brought me to town, my producer, you know, he's the reason that I'm here. You know, when you win an album of the year it's guys like that, my band that plays on everything, my record company, management, everybody that's involved in the making of an album, it's sort of a group win for everybody,” he says.You can find out how Jason fares against the competition Sunday night when the AMAs air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Keith Urban Previews Hall of Fame Exhibit While Working on New Record

Capitol RecordsFriday in Nashville, you can get your first look at Keith Urban’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Even though he’s busy working to finish his forthcoming, eighth album, the Aussie superstar took time to give fans a glimpse at what “Keith Urban So Far…” has in store. In some ways, he says it’s a travelogue of how he made it from “Down Under” to the States.“It’s really capturing a lot of the parts of my journey all the way up to coming to America and being here. I’ve now been here for 23 years in Nashville. But the exhibit’s gonna have things like a lot of the records I listened to growing up, Don Williams records, Dolly Parton records, Johnny Cash. You’ll see on the back of those records ‘Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee,’ so when I was a kid growing up in Australia, I thought that’s where you go to make records,” he laughs. “So I always wanted to live in Nashville.”Keith says you’ll also get to see many of his most used and treasured guitars.“There’s a lot of other things in the exhibit too, of course -- instruments I played for many, many, many years that have been all over records and tours and so forth, lots of items of clothing, a lot of which my dad made,” he says, breaking into a smile, “and just a huge amount of crazy things from my past that will show you a lot of the journey so far.”The “Break on Me” singer is expected at the museum’s opening celebration for the exhibit on December 1. “Keith Urban So Far…” is set to run through May of next year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Willie Nelson Reveals He Underwent Voluntary Lung Surgery

Shock InkThursday night, 82-year-old Willie Nelson showed the world just how strong he is, performing hits like “On the Road Again” and “Living in the Promised Land” after accepting the prestigious Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress in the nation’s capitol. But it was only last month he was forced to postpone several dates because of an unspecified health concern. This week, he revealed he had a voluntary operation to improve his lung health.“It was a stem-cell operation,” he told the Washington Post. “Over the years I’ve smoked a lot of cigarettes, and I’ve had emphysema and pneumonia four or five times, so my lungs were really screwed up, and I had heard that this stem-cell operation would be good for them. So I said, ‘Well I’m gonna try it out.’”Even though Willie went on to say he’s still experiencing some soreness and he’s a little bit worried that his guitar might irritate his incision, he is indeed back on the road again. Friday night he plays Columbia, South Carolina, before moving on to casinos in Mississippi and Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out his performance last night in Washington when it airs January 15 on PBS.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brad Paisley Reveals Donald Trump Was Cut from the CMA Awards Monologue

ABC/Image Group LAPresidential contender Donald Trump was cut from the opening monologue of this year’s CMA Awards, Brad Paisley tells Billboard. It all started when Brad and co-host Carrie Underwood came up with the idea to change the lyrics to a classic country song to be about current events, and the billionaire agreed to participate.The only hitch was that Trump was in New York City rehearsing for his guest-hosting spot on Saturday Night Live that week. So, Brad flew to New York to tape a skit set to the Judds “Love Can Build a Bridge,” starring the Republican candidate as the Wizard of Oz.  Part of the gag was for Carrie to eventually unplug the chord from a projector as the clip played back on the show.Ultimately, the “Trump Can Build a Bridge” footage would never see the light of day, though. “I guess there were standards and practices and equal time laws,” Brad says. “24 hours before, the lawyers said we couldn’t do it. To have written the last two minutes of the monologue Tuesday at midnight… it was stressful,” he confesses, referencing the last-minute addition of William Shatner dressed as a storm trooper in Trump’s stead.  Brad teases that he does still have the video.On Tuesday, the “Country Nation” hitmaker returns to The Voice to perform his latest single live. Earlier this season, Brad was an advisor to pal Blake Shelton’s team. You can see what the two perpetual jokesters have up their sleeves November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kacey Musgraves Sells Out London's Royal Albert Hall

Sandbox EntertainmentKacey Musgraves can add a new feat to her growing list of accomplishments. “I can't believe we played a sold out Royal Albert Hall,” she tweeted after Wednesday night’s show. “A crowd as big as my hometown. Thank you so much, London.”The Grammy winner played her 90-minute set for five thousand fans, becoming only the third country artist to max out the hall in the last dozen years. She set similar records on the U.S. leg of her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, becoming the first country artist to sell out Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater as well.Friday, Kacey plays Hamburg, Germany, before wrapping her overseas dates Sunday in Amsterdam. Her next U.S. shows are December 29-31 in Austin, Texas.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. I can't believe we played a sold out Royal Albert Hall. A crowd as big as my hometown. ? Thank you so much, London.— KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) November 19, 2015 

Vince Gill Teams Up with Little Big Town for First Single from New Album, "Down

MCA NashvilleCMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town adds their signature harmonies to Vince Gill’s new single, “Take Me Down.”  The tune he co-wrote with eighties pop icon Richard Marx is the first taste of Vince's forthcoming album, Down to My Last Bad Habit. The five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year had a hand in writing all of the project’s dozen tracks, including one more with Marx called “When It’s Love.”“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.”Little Big Town isn’t Vince’s only special guest on his first solo album in four years either. Newcomer Cam joins in on “I’ll Be Waiting for You,” while Ashley Monroe helped pen “My Favorite Movie” for Vince, who also happens to have produced her last two efforts. “Sad One Comin’ On” is a tribute Vince wrote for the late country icon George Jones.The Oklahoma native will be staying busy until the record’s February 12 release. He plays a series of holiday shows next month with wife Amy Grant at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, before setting out on an acoustic 13-city tour with Lyle Lovett in February.Here’s the track listing for Down to My Last Bad Habit:“Reasons for the Tears I Cry” “Down to My Last Bad Habit” “Me and My Girl” “Like My Daddy Did” “Make You Feel Real Good” “I Can’t Do This” “My Favorite Movie” “One More Mistake I Made” “Take Me Down” (with Little Big Town) “I’ll Be Waiting for You” (with Cam) “When It’s Love” “Sad One Comin’ On (A Song for George Jones)” Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Brett Eldredge and Garth Brooks Show Off as "People's

PeopleSoccer star David Beckham may be People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015, but you can rest assured there are plenty of country’s sexiest men on the pages inside. Voice star Blake Shelton claims the title as the magazine’s Sexiest Coach.“People loved him when he was with Miranda [Lambert] because there was this country dynasty between the two of them,” Deputy Features Editor Kate Hogan says. “Now people want to see what he’s going to do on his own, and I think people are very intrigued with his relationship with Gwen [Stefani]. A lot of women find him really sexy regardless of who he’s dating. You know he’s got that country twang, he’s tall. He’s another funny one. There’s a lot to like about Blake Shelton!”Both Blake and Tim McGraw make the Men of the Year list, with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Joe Manganiello. “He also has just transformed his body in the last couple of years,” Hogan says of Tim. “You know he lost all that weight a few years ago and really toned up and we did our shirtless cover shoot with him back then and I think he’s just continuing to get better with age as well -- just releasing new music, looking really fit and really showing his appeal with his wife and daughters too.”Brett Eldredge lives us to his promise as one of People’s 2014 Ones to Watch, as he’s featured in the Sexy at Every Age section, among other twenty-somethings like pop star Ed Sheeran. Garth Brooks shows up in the fifties category, alongside actors Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Bacon. The 30th anniversary issue is on newsstands this Friday. 

Scotty McCreery Unveils the Cover of Memoir, "Go Big or Go Home"

Jeremy RyanEven though it won’t be out for close to six months, today Christian publisher Zondervan gave fans a preview of Scotty McCreery’s first book, releasing the cover of Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream. The memoir follows the 22-year-old from his childhood in North Carolina to his winning turn on season ten of American Idol. You can pre-order the biography now, ahead of its May 3 release.In the meantime, Scotty is working on finishing his fourth album, which features the first single “Southern Belle.” The full project is expected sometime in 2016.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.