Scotty McCreery Sings The National Anthem at World Series Game 1

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What a thrill for Scotty McCreery! He sang the National Anthem tonight at the 1st game of the World Series in St. Louis as the Cardinals faced off against the Texas Rangers.

It was a bit touch and go for a moment, as Scotty began the Anthem, without a working mic! Oh noes. Poor Scotty. He was able to start over, however, and not missing a beat, performed a twangy, heartfelt rendition of the National Anthem.

Sharing the field with him as he sang were the 2nd and 1st ladies of the United States, Jill Biden and Michele Obama of the United States. The man with his little girl standing in the center was a soldier who had been injured in Iraq, but despite his severe injuries was one of the 1st responders to the tornado relief effort in Joplin MO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGQAElemYUg&feature=player_embedded

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Scotty was a little nervous at first, but he did a good, solid job on the NA (not a fan of countrified renditions though). I hope that he gets to keep that jacket as a cool souvenir. :)

  • Kylee

    I thought he sounded great. For a second I was thinking “Uh oh,” then was relieved when the mic came back on.

  • NOLA

    Fabulous job, Scotty.
    Fuzzy, yes, he keeps the jacket :)

  • halo9125

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Scotty that nervous- that microphone thing didn’t help.

    He did ok, I’m not a fan of a countrified version of the NA either.

  • jjrr1942

    Scotty did an awesome job! So proud of him. I don’t believe anything fazes that young man…mic not working and at only 18 he handled it like a professional who’s been around for 20 years or so! Amazing.

    Just my opinion, but hearing Scotty and Lauren singing it ” countrified” is a bit different and I liked it better than some of the others who sing it with so many rifs and tune changes that the original melody is barely recognizable.

  • yksask

    Felt bad for him when the microphone did not work. I am not a country fan but he seems like a nice guy. He did a good job.

  • dadriany

    Please iTunes…release this

  • ptebwwong

    I think Scotty recovered nicely from the mic not working. If he’s nervous, he doesn’t really show it. It was a good rendition. Most country artists that sing the NA are very countrified versions unless you’re country pop like Carrie.

    He did ok, I’m not a fan of a countrified version of the NA either

    If you watch the next couple games of the World Series, it will probably be a countrified version. Trace Adkins will sing the NA for Game 2 & Ronnie Dunn (one-half of Brooks & Dunn) will sing Game 3.

    I actually think a countrified version actually will help him sell more albums because baseball fans like to keep things simple.

  • abbysee

    Good job kiddo!

  • lili_anne7

    Just my opinion, but hearing Scotty and Lauren singing it ” countrified” is a bit different and I liked it better than some of the others who sing it with so many rifs and tune changes that the original melody is barely recognizable.

    Lauren does not sing a “countrified” version of the NA. She doesn’t add many rifs, but she absolutely does not sound twangy. Scotty’s version is not my thing, but he did a solid job.

  • Limbo

    This rendition is million times better than Lee rendition of NA. At least he’s on pitch. Lol.. Just my opinion!

  • Susan

    Whoa! Who woulda thought when this was first announced that it would be MY team in the World Series? :)

  • Nele621

    I didn’t like his countrified version much at all.

  • Kylee

    This rendition is million times better than Lee rendition of NA. At least he’s on pitch. Lol.. Just my opinion!

    Hahaha poor Lee.

  • db987

    Given Scotty’s singing voice and style it was about as good as he could do. I do not think this is something that shows off his talents. It is heartfelt for sure but a little too twangy for my taste.

  • Kirsten

    Good job. Didn’t let the mic thing rattle him. I think it’s nice to hear some different versions of the song.

    Woah, are those ugly jackets. When people Scotty and Michel look like the Stay-Puff-Marshmallow Man, that’s not a jacket I’m going to buy. And that shade of green is a little bland.

    Still it will make a nice souvenir to hang in one’s closet or to wear while chopping wood. I’m sure they are very warm.

  • kmd

    I do like some country music but I do not care for a twangy, countrified version of the NA. However, everybody has different tastes in music. Too bad Scotty’s mic was off at the beginning.

  • Blou38

    Scotty did a great job. He’s country….that’s what he does and country music fans will love it. No one would expect anything else. I’ve heard the N.A. sung by some who I thought were terrible. Their fans probably thought they were great. GOOD JOB SCOTTY!!
    (this is the fourth time I’ve tried to post. Not working tonight.)

  • Tess

    I think most singers will sing the NA in the style they normally sing in…it would be beyond silly for someone to sing in a style foreign to their performance style.

  • HappyDaisy

    I’m not a “country music fan.” Don’t think I’ve ever heard a country version of the National Anthem.

    Scotty sounded very good to me. Nice performance.

  • Pam

    LOL Kirsten. Yep, you can almost conjure up imagines in your mind of a taller thin version of the Pillsbury dough boy with Scotty in that jacket.

    I noticed something wasn’t right immediately when Scotty’s lips were moving and we weren’t hearing anything. I thought oh yikes! Scotty did recover nicely though. Even though I like Scotty, I’m not a huge fan of the countrified version of the anthem either although I did enjoy Lady A’s version about 2-3 weeks ago during the NFL playoffs. The NA is a difficult song to sing and I didn’t expect Scotty to pull it off 100% pitch perfect. I think despite the nerves, he did very well.

  • jinxx315

    I can’t help thinking that he looks like Clay Aiken lol

  • NOLA

    TWO WORDS: Christina Aguilera

    This is our Anthem. Singing with an accent is fine.
    Trying to make it “your own” with rifs, runs and BS is
    disrespectul.

  • suzaustin

    I think Scotty did an awesome job. Love his effortless way of singing, and his lower register is just gorgeous. And the fact that the first game is here in Texas, that country sound of his is quite fine!

    ETA: OOPS!!!! My bad! I really thought they were playing in Texas for the 1st game. Oh well…still sounded good!

  • Kirsten

    (this is the fourth time I’ve tried to post. Not working tonight.)

    Now you know how Scotty felt tonight.

    Seriously, I just automatically type Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C before I hit “Post Comment” these days (and if the browser doesn’t save my post, Ctrl-V makes it all better).

  • Tess

    And the fact that the first game is here in Texas, that country sound of his is quite fine!

    Actual the game is in St. Louis…but I am many of the Texans watching could relate to the country styling.

  • NOLA

    GO TEXAS

  • cowboysfan

    Doesn’t the National Anthem require more than one octave?

  • ptebwwong

    Even though I like Scotty, I’m not a huge fan of the countrified version of the anthem either although I did enjoy Lady A’s version about 2-3 weeks ago during the NFL playoffs.

    To me, there’s a difference hearing country pop artists like Lady A & Carrie & hearing countrified versions of the NA like Scotty & the versions I’m expecting from Trace & Ronnie during the World Series. I would expect the country pop artists currently not to sound countrified & most usually do when they sing it. Trace & Ronnie for Game 2 & 3 will most likely have countrified versions like Scotty & keep it simple & heartfelt.

    It’s all about preference. Some people love NA’s with a lot of riffs & the glory note while some like a simple heartfelt NA. Personally, I like both these versions of the NA, but I like all genres of music.

  • suzaustin

    Tess….I KNOW!! The minute I posted the comment, it popped into my mind that everyone was dressed WAY to warm to be in Texas. And you’re right, being for Texas I definitely enjoyed it.
    And I’m with you Nola…Go Texas!!

  • Limbo

    Doesn’t the National Anthem require more than one octave?

    Nope. It doesn’t.

  • Nele621

    I don’t know why simple is associated with heartfelt and riffing is not. I like some riffing whether it be NA or in any song like with R&B singers. Of course the riffing can be overdone (like one that Justin Timberlake sang).

  • unidentified

    Scotty looked like he might throw up at first there. But he went along and did a good job. I don’t listen to country. But it was good to hear a different interpretation.

  • jjrr1942

    Both Lauren and Scotty sounded “countrified” to me and I liked it…I actually think Lauren has a broader country accent than Scotty (don’t like the word “twangy” at all). The difference in our ears and what we are hearing I guess.

  • LexieN

    Being a country fan, from this part of the country, I loved it. And the country sites have already posted and are calling it beautiful, wonderful, and so on…vive la difference;)

  • Kirsten

    Doesn’t the National Anthem require more than one octave?

    It’s an octave and a half. Scotty clearly has enough range. He just sings in a lower key than a soprano would.

  • Kylee

    Scotty has a bigger range than people think. I remember reading somewhere that his range is 2 and a half octaves.

  • ptebwwong

    I don’t know why simple is associated with heartfelt and riffing is not. I like some riffing whether it be NA or in any song like with R&B singers. Of course the riffing can be overdone (like one that Justin Timberlake sang).

    Heartfelt is probably the wrong word choice. But a lot of country music artists when they sing the NA will keep it simple & will not really change it up. Obviously, there are some simple NA’s that are not heartfelt. Riffing in NA’s can be heartfelt like Whitney, but there are some NA’s with too much riffing like Christina Aguilera. When Christina riffs during the NA, I barely recognize the song & it has no emotion.

    I do think that there are many people that would rather listen to a simple version of the NA than a NA with too much riffing. I would much rather listen to a simple version than a version that’s so changed up I barely recognize the song. Would I prefer a Whitney version than a simple NA? Yes, but I like both & admire both types of NA’s.

  • chearts77

    Scotty did a great job. Personally, I love the countrified version. I love the simple, but heartfelt NAs. I do not like riffs and get annoyed when people do it.

  • TylerWV

    He was in tune, didn’t forget th words, a nipple didn’t pop out so I think it was a good job. :)

  • mm99

    The National Anthem is 1 1/2 octaves. Scotty sang it a cappella, which is difficult. What is really amazing is all the little trills and slides he put in, which are even more difficult. I am a classically trained singer, and I couldn’t have done what he did. I was pretty impressed.

  • jhgebel

    Go Cards!

  • Blou38

    The National Anthem is 1 1/2 octaves. Scotty sang it a cappella, which is difficult. What is really amazing is all the little trills and slides he put in, which are even more difficult. I am a classically trained singer, and I couldn’t have done what he did. I was pretty impressed.

    mm99…thumbs up!!

  • windmills

    Good job by Scotty keeping his composure. I liked his phrasing on the SSB. I still want Scotty to work on his breath support because he’s not getting as much out of his voice as consistently as he could. But he did fine and congrats to him on a job well done in a dream setting for him.

  • CanadianLady

    Not only that, but he was on the biggest stage he’s ever been on (in person, not sure re TV numbers) and out there all by himself with no net. Had to be scary. Plus this is a venue he really cared about.

    Plus I kept thinking re the guy who played all the bad anthems for him not so long ago. That had to be in his head just a bit. And then no sound…

    I think he did great.

  • ptebwwong

    Not only that, but he was on the biggest stage he’s ever been on (in person, not sure re TV numbers)

    Actually, I think the biggest stage Scotty’s been on was LP Field during CMA Fan Fest. He was singing Your Man with Josh Turner. Yes, he didn’t sing solo like the World Series. But I think he was probably at least a little nervous beforehand knowing he was singing for 70,000 people.

  • hoa_teca

    First of all, he handled the mic problem really well.

    Before the mic problem, he looked so nervous. But when the mic was OK and he started singing, he was the same calm, collected kid on stage.

    I prefer the National Anthem simple the way it should be – it gives me a nostalgic feeling. To me, Scotty’s version is heartfelt. It’s nice to hear his warm voice fill the arena.

  • Benji

    Scotty did the fanciest version I’ve ever heard. More melisma than almost anybody. But my only objection is that in several places, he changed the actual melody notes. They sounded odd and did not improve the song in any way. Otherwise, he did a fine job.

  • JudyOhio

    He messed up just a little on 2 words at the start of one of the lines of the song…….”noh zay” does that star spangled banner yet wave….”, but I’ll let that pass! :)

    Many things can go wrong singing acapella (sp?) in front of a huge crowd at an important event, all while trying to keep the nerves in check and singing it LIVE with all the attention at that point on YOU. So, good job, very good job!

  • NOLA

    …….”noh zay”

    That translates to “and, oh say” (or ‘n, oh say”

    Gotta understand Southern, I guess :)

  • Benji

    “noh zay” is North Carolinian for “Oh say”. Made me think “No way, Jose”

  • tibitibis

    What i can say, he did a fine job , i’m sure he’ll improve next time…..i hope so :)

  • mm99

    Benji says:
    “Scotty did the fanciest version I’ve ever heard. More melisma than almost anybody. But my only objection is that in several places, he changed the actual melody notes. They sounded odd and did not improve the song in any way. Otherwise, he did a fine job.”

    I would agree it was one of the “fanciest,” and he did all of it so effortlessly. It was like watching Fred Astaire dance. But I liked the change in melody; To me, it became classical meets jazz improvisation meets country. As I said before, very impressive and far from simple, but definitely heartfelt. I can’t believe an 18 year old did that. I would trade the occasional breath control problem to sound even half that good.

  • JudyOhio

    Does seem likes his album has gotten a bump (from this performance? I don’t know.). CAD went from #27 to #20 overall itunes and from #6 to #2 country itunes.

  • Eileen99

    Oh boo, MLB took the video down & I hadn’t had a chance to watch it yet.

  • Nele621

    Scotty did the fanciest version I’ve ever heard. More melisma than almost anybody.

    I wouldn’t call those notes melisma nor his singing fancy. Just countrified.

  • JudyOhio

    Twang is a nasal sound, and I don’t hear that in Scotty. I just hear a southern accent.

  • girlygirl

    He did fine. Wasn’t the best version I’ve ever heard nor was it the worst version I’ve ever heard. He handled the mic malfunction well. Still makes some odd faces when he sings, but whatever. Good for him!

  • Grammie Kari

    Nice job! I do believe the jacket is his. What a dream come true.

  • springboard

    I don’t find it fancy..I thought it was great and I am not even a big Scotty fan..

  • Lexus

    Wow – I wasn’t sure from reading the comments if I’d enjoy a countrified version of the anthem, but I loved it. I agree that he makes everything look so effortless. And his tone is always right on the mark. This guy is just so chill about everything.

    The best part was the intro stating he holds the current #1 record on the country charts. Go Scotty!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    TWO WORDS: Christina Aguilera

    This is our Anthem. Singing with an accent is fine.
    Trying to make it “your own” with rifs, runs and BS is
    disrespectul.

    I like my NA sung pretty straightforward, without excessive riffs or embellishments.. For me, an accent is fine, but a “countrified” version like Scotty’s involved more than just an accent, it included a “twangy” delivery (which I am not fond of). It also included some noticeable melody changes, so it was not as “simple” as many other renditions that I have heard. Still, he did a good, solid job.

    I do think that there are many people that would rather listen to a simple version of the NA than a NA with too much riffing. I would much rather listen to a simple version than a version that’s so changed up I barely recognize the song. Would I prefer a Whitney version than a simple NA? Yes, but I like both & admire both types of NA’s.

    I agree.

    I have more of a problem with Bieber selling so much & having a net worth of $85 million.

    I have no problem with Bieber’s success. The kid is talented.

  • stargazed

    Dang it. The video is now blocked.

  • LexieN

    USA Today has a working link…of course, it’s not Brian so they got a dig in about the country accent:)

    Ah, well, I’m excited Scotty got an increase in sales and hope it continues! And I hope Lauren gets bumps, too, from her appearances. Maybe I think the past concerns about appearances stems from all of us just wanting them/our fave to do well in the long run…we just gotta have faith!

  • hoa_teca
  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Okay, so I’m a Filipino so I’ve only heard a few renditions of the SSB. I honestly don’t get what ‘countrified’ means. I noticed a little bit of accent but that’s it. (But then I only heard about 10 renditions of the NA so what do I know, lol)

    Having said that, this was beautiful. Way, way better than what he did at the wolfpack game. He showed quite a range.

    Fantastic job, Scotty.

  • rivermaya

    I watched this last night with my hubby and stepson and thought Scotty did a great job. He is really a natural taking center-stage & I couldn’t have been a prouder fan.

    Even my stepson who is a hard-core rap fan thought Scotty sounded good. It just freaks him out a bit seeing that young face tied to that manly-low voice :)

    eta: hoa_teca. thanks for the youtube link. Loved watching it again.

  • aa618892

    Not a country fan so I haven’t paid much attention to Scotty but I listened out of curiosity and what got me was how jarring it was to hear that voice coming out of this kid. I know Scotty fans are used to it but having not listened to him much it was striking. I was impressed by his confidence and also that he made that song fit his voice and his style, a really hard thing to do. He does not have a big range or vibrato but he did a great job. Scotty will probably be a huge country star, he has a presence at such a young age and know just who he is. I liked this and I really don’t like country, lol.

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  • savgal

    Rewatching the video, heard someone off camera say, “Give him John’s mike!” when Scotty was singing and no sound heard (but you can faintly hear him). Then the camera focuses on the flag for a few seconds. When he starts again, you can see it is a different mike — has a cord, where the other was cordless. Shows even more what a cool customer Scotty is, and highly professional. He didn’t miss a beat. My hat is off to him. I think my heart would have stopped, if it had been me.

  • hoa_teca

    One thing I really like about the kid is he as cool as a cucumber.

    I did stood still staring at the TV screen in honor without knowing what was going on. Imagine how huge his pressure was.

  • SCM4ever

    WOW! How can you not root for this kid! On one of the biggest stages in America with the 1st Lady watching no less and with a malfunctioning MIC, he delivered his rendition of the NA flawlessly IMO. So to steal a line from a song “Let’s hear it for the boy, oh let’s give the boy a hand!”

  • Landmd

    Scotty did a good job, I thought i was hearing wrong on the Oh say.. Found this on USAtoday:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/10/scotty-mccreery-has-world-series-mic-malfunction-/1

  • kmd

    CNN has mentioned the possible NA flub, that USA Today pointed out, on their Marquee Blog on their CNN entertainment site. They posted Scotty’s NA video on their site.

  • gabriel oak

    I wish I could say it was good but it wasn’t. I thought he was going to start yodeling.

  • CFIdolsfan

    I liked Scotty’s delivery of it, twang and all. I do like the anthem sung straightforward, too, much like how Phil Stacey sings it. I’m very turned off by anyone who to me shows disrespect to what it stands for, much like what Roseanne has done.

  • hoa_teca

    For those who think Scotty changed the lyric, pls read it:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/10/scotty-mccreery-has-world-series-mic-malfunction-/1

    UPDATE: In a statement to Lifeline Live, Beverly Keel, senior vice president at Universal Music Group Nashville says:

    “This is nonsense. We heard him sing the song live and have seen a taped version of his performance several times. He sang the lyrics correctly as they were written by Francis Scott Key. And we would bet most folks with a Southern accent would agree with us.”

    It’s about accent, not about forgetting words.

    Rascal Flatts also sang these words the same way
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGv617d_JyE

  • JudyOhio

    You’re right hoa_teca, Rascal Flatts does indeed say
    …..”no” say does that star spangled banner yet wave”…
    How ’bout that! Guess it is a southern thang, lol.

  • Susan

    He sounds fine on the high notes without the twang. WITH the twang, however… nails on a chalkboard. Why would anyone purposely sound like that?

  • Julie Storm

    Seriously he sang the wrong words-did no one notice that?  No Jose?

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