Scotty McCreery Sophomore Album Due in October

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Scotty McCreery held a party Sunday afternoon at the CMA music festival for 600 of his fans that included updates on his sophomore album.  He spent last week before the festival cutting tracks. Brian Mansfield from USA Today was there:

McCreery told the audience he had cut 18 songs for the next album. “We’ve over-cut, which is so nice,” he says. He’s in the studio with producer Frank Rogers, known for his work with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and one of McCreery’s inspirations, Josh Turner. One of the songs recorded during the past week will be a duet: “We”re 90 percent sure that we’ve got a bit-time singer that’s going to come on this track with me,” he said. He’ll also include a faith-based song on the album, he said during a question-and-answer session, though he hasn’t settled on the song yet. “We’re still trying to decided on that one.”

McCreery will return to the studio Monday. The still-untitled album is due for release in October.

I wonder who Scotty snagged for the “big star” duet? Any guesses?

The American Idol season 10 winner also played the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night.

Via USA Today

UPDATE: Here’s a list of known Scotty cowrites for the album, though other than lead single “See You Tonight,” it’s not confirmed whether he has cut any of these songs.

“Before Midnight” (Scotty McCreery / Jon Nite / Jimmy Robbins)
“Can You Feel It” (Zach Crowell / Ashley Gorley / Scotty McCreery)
“Looking For A Girl” (Ashley Gorley / Kelley Lovelace / Scotty McCreery)
“Maybe I’ll See You There” (Ashley Gorley / Kelley Lovelace / Scotty McCreery)
“Prayed For” (Ashley Gorley / Kelley Lovelace / Scotty McCreery)
“See You Tonight” (Zach Crowell / Ashley Gorley / Scotty McCreery)

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  • windmills

    A couple new cowrites have surfaced, though I think they may have been from earlier sessions:

    ‘Looking For A Girl’ (Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty McCreery)
    ‘Maybe I’ll See You There’ ( Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty McCreery)

  • Dawn Joblon

    He mentioned something about bluegrass so I’m hoping it’s Allison Krauss who is my fav female singer. But not sure if she is classified as “big”

  • ptebwwong

    She’s considered “big” in the bluegrass genre. But if you consider all of country music she isn’t a “big” artist. However, she does still win a lot of Grammy’s for her material.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Thanks for this post! It is fascinating to conjecture who that big-time singer might be. When I think big as far as female artists in country music (and no one said it has to be female) but that’s my first thought, I think Dolly, Reba, Loretta (more classic) and then Carrie and Miranda. Since he said a bluegrassy feel, I think Allison and Rhonda. Funny thing is, Brad Paisley has had duets with Dolly, Carrie, and Allison. Scotty may not want to look like he’s following in Brad’s footsteps too much so that leaves Miranda, Reba, Loretta, and Rhonda. Oh, I left off Taylor Swift.

    I can’t guess what Scotty might sing with one of the older ladies. Miranda is married to Blake who is tied to The Voice so maybe not. Is Rhonda big enough outside of bluegrass to be considered big?

    And Taylor just did a duet with Tim McGraw.

    Okay, I give up.

  • Amy Beth

    nvm

  • ptebwwong

    Brian Mansfield & Scotty said it was a big name singer which to me implies it can’t be a duo/group.

  • dd999

    A duet is when any two people sing and share a song together. So if its bluegrass, it may be a fun upbeat song with Tim McGraw or even Brad Paisley. I would love to hear him sing with Dolly Parton. She and Kenny Rogers sang ‘Islands in the Stream’ beautifully and Scotty can sing a Kenny Rogers song beautifully as he did on AI, so I’m thinking they would sound really good together.

  • girlygirl

    She has won 27 Grammys, which is amazing.

    However, my guess is that the “big artist” is probably someone more mainstream country.

  • Chrissie

    Ain´t I lucky. I kind of had a wish or a feeling that there might be a duet included on his next album and now I see it confirmed. GOOD ! My guess would be Keith and I´d certainly love that. As for a female choice…. I would be very surprised if it was Dolly or Reba ( I´ve never read they even met and the huge age difference would limit which lyrics they can sing – ( at least the romantic kind) and I understand lyrics are important in country music ). Carrie is a possibility but I doubt it´s realistic. As to all the other names mentioned here I wouldn´t know as I don´t know them. Overall I´m open to whoever as long as their voices fit nicely together and yes- I´m real excited about it.

  • gem2477

    woot! can’t wait!

  • ptebwwong

    I don’t think he’s ever met Dolly. Reba met Scotty & Lauren on Idol their season as part of Ali’s Fight Night event. It was filmed for one of Idol’s segments. I’m not sure if they met again. But Reba did congratulate Scotty for one of his award wins.

  • Chrissie

    :O – ok. …nice to know

  • Chrissie

    Know you don ´t like her, Lexie- but wow ( must admit) would I ever LOVE him to duet with Tayler Swift. They are young and would make a nice looking fit. Don ´t kill me now :D

  • windmills

    She’s definitely a big name IMO. The big name vocalists in bluegrass that come to mind would be Dolly Parton (transcending genre), Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, and Rhonda Vincent, and then if you think about instrumentalists people like Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski have to be included. But a bluegrass-influenced track wouldn’t necessarily have to have a bluegrass vocalist. Kimberly Perry is a mainstream big name whom I could see as a possibility, and Kimberly Sclapman of LBT could sound really good with Scotty IMO. You can’t rule out Brad as a guest possibility either.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    All of those names make me happy.:)

  • Lexie O’Neill

    It’s not that I dislike Taylor.:) It’s that I like traditional country music and feel her going pop and calling it country undermines the ability of traditional music to find airplay.

    At the same time, she sounded great with the Civil Wars and if it helped Scotty’s career, I’d be all for it.:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    Shes definitely big. If Im not mistaken, she has 27 grammys, the third most in any genre. Thats big!

  • girlygirl

    It’s weird that Scotty says cutting 18 songs is “overcut”. Yeah, that’s more songs than will end up on the album, but it’s still not that many songs to actually record when an artist is working on an album. 18 songs doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for choosing the tracks.

  • vamp111

    I would hope Miranda doesn’t decide not to duet with somebody from idol just because her husband is on The Voice. I know she’s good friends with Kelly Clarkson and likes Carrie Underwood, so I wouldn’t think she wouldn’t want to duet just because they are from idol.

    Although she was probably friends with Carrie and Kelly before the Voice even existed so who knows.

  • vamp111

    I think Scotty could be somebody who could defeat the “sophomore slump.” Probably not in album sales(it would be hard to match that again), but in terms of being a bigger star and having more hit singles.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I think he had no extras for Clear as Day with the way they rushed that album. So even a few extra may seem like a gift. By the way, how many usually are cut?

    Oh, and just as an aside, he’s stated that he’s going to need extra songs for a special Walmart version.:))

  • Liti Veikoso

    great news for scotty !!! hoping he can have a duet with trisha yearwood love her and him

  • ptebwwong

    She is a big name. But I think some people when they think big name also are thinking somebody currently doing well on radio/sales. That’s why some people want Taylor, Tim, etc.

  • CanadianLady

    My first thought was Loretta Lynn, who he has mentioned before.

  • Denise Booth

    so excited, really anxious to see who the duet partner is. If it is in fact a bluegrass I am going to have to guess Dolly. As far as current today, maybe Brad, Keith, Tim. I really cant think of a current female. Interesting to speculate. It is good for Scotty to keep people talking. I am also looking forward to his music video for SYT.

  • ptebwwong

    How many songs are cut depends on the artist. I think James Durbin cut more than 50+ songs for his album. David Cook cut more than 50+ songs for his album.

    IMO the artists who are always songwriters cut a lot of songs since they write a lot of the time. From what I’ve seen, the artists who need to sometimes get songs from songwriters or don’t write at all cut less songs. Remember they still have to pay the songwriters which is probably the reason why most artists who don’t write a lot don’t cut many songs.

  • escape

    Lots of Country singers from TV singing competitions jockeying for audience and radio. Cassadee Pope, Tate Stevens, Kree Harrison, Lauren Alaina, Janalle Arthur, finalists from The Voice.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    How many songs are cut depends on the artist. I think James Durbin cut more than 50+ songs for his album. David Cook cut more than 50+ songs for his album.

    Nuh uh. There doubtless exist that many scratch demos for each of those albums, but no way did either artist do a full studio cut of 50 tracks. It’s known that Cook did a very limited number of fully recorded tracks for his second album — basically, only the ones A&R had already agreed would go on the record (he has said this in interviews). The same’s probably true for Durbin, as doing 50 fully tracked studio songs would be prohibitively expensive on an indie budget.

    If McCreery’s album is to be 10 tracks and a couple of bonuses, yeah, doing 18 songs in the studio with the full band production is over-tracking.

  • ptebwwong

    Sorry. I realized these were all writing sessions that they did. Both of them wrote a lot of songs in these sessions. You are right they didn’t cut that many songs in the studio. But at least they had a lot of choices to pick from to cut in the studio.

  • Larc

    I really hope Scotty will duet with a better singer than Taylor. She sounds OK once her vocals have been digitally processed to hell and back, but I’d rather Scotty sing with somebody who doesn’t have to rely on anything artificial to sound first class.

  • dd999

    I think Scotty’s voice is one of the best in country music today. and Kree Harrison has a great tone in her voice, but a lot depends on what she does with it. Singing traditional country music, is becoming something new in country music, so I hope they make it a trend. lol

  • xboxmas

    I wouldn’t call any of The Voice contestants threats considering they never do anything after the show(yes I realize Cassadee sold a lot but she had a fanbase before the Voice).

  • ptebwwong

    Yes, there are lots of country singers from reality competitions. But right now it’s a hard market for female country artists. If any female really breaks out, I think they really need to “make their mark” on the country market.

    IMO the country singers I would watch on country radio & the genre right now are Casey James, Scotty, Cassadee, & Lauren. They seem to be making music that critics, radio PD’s, & fans like. I could see Casey, Scotty, & Lauren not succumbing to the sophomore slump at least in terms of hits & making their name bigger in the country world. Cassadee depending how she is received by radio & fans could do some damage in the genre. Until Kree or Janelle release a new single, I can’t consider them currently for radio/sales.

    But like I said, it’s a hard road for female country artists right now on radio. Cassadee, Lauren, Kree, & Janelle will all have an uphill climb. Out of the one’s releasing a sophomore album who IMO will be successful (either in hits &/or sales), if I were a betting person I would put my money on the 2 male artists (Scotty & Casey).

  • irockhard

    Just to clarify that we’re talking about James sophomore album that he’s working on now.

    James said that about 20 tracks are already recorded, he recorded those in Nashville last fall. It’s the songs that have been written this year that haven’t been recorded yet.

    His producer James Michael recently said in a interview that he’s halfway done producing the album, so a total of about 50+ tracks sounds about right. And yes James had a hand in writing every song.

  • ptebwwong

    Thanks for the info. I knew he wrote a lot of songs for his next album, I just didn’t know if he recorded many of them yet.

  • mchcat

    These are all great choices – if we were choosing. Hope we hear soon – so excited for this cd

  • Lexie O’Neill

    So, are those 50+ demos or full tracks? Any date yet?

  • mchcat

    Oh – Trisha another good name – this is so much fun trying to guess

  • irockhard

    About 20-25 of them are full tracks according to James. Those were written and recorded with his band and producer in Nashville last fall (September & October). Since then he’s written about 20-35 more. It’s these that will be recorded when he returns to Nashville, sometime this summer I think. He recently wrote on facebook that he’s now concentrating on the lead single which he hopes to send to radio soon. The last album release date he mentioned was August but honestly I think the album will most likely only be ready for release this fall.

  • Dawn Joblon

    Sorry when I meant big, I was just talking about currently. Could of used better choice of words.

  • L. R. M. L.

    And I have to admit I love her recent song with Tim McGraw.

  • L. R. M. L.

    Too bad Vince just did a duet with Kelly. He probably would not want to do another one so soon. It would be so great to have him sing with Scotty

  • vamp111

    I’m hoping for Garth Brooks.

  • justmefornow

    James has already recorded and tracked 20-25 songs last fall in Nashville. He has at least that many more he’s written recently to record soon in Nashville again. So yeah, he could have about 50 songs tracked to pick from for his 2nd album, it is very possible.
    (But he wrote or co-wrote all of these, so maybe it’s cheaper than having to buy songs?)

  • SaSa8

    Really excited about Scotty’s sophomore album. A duet will be great, hoping for someone who will compliment Scotty and his voice. I think it is great he is cutting more songs so that he can choose what seems best to him. Plus having a “deluxe edition” with more tracks will be awesome for fans. Having more time on this album will make a big difference as compared to CAD.

  • Chrissie

    I totally see your pont. Even I can hear she is much more pop than country and actually I don ´t really undrstand what is the purpose for claiming it country. But then again there is SO much I don´t get when looking into and trying to understand the music industry world

  • CanadianLady

    I could go for that.

  • Chrissie

    and your point is? .. I mean, the fact that there are more than Scotty doesn´t contradict vamp111 thoughts on Scotty´s career – at least I can´t see it does

  • Chrissie

    Oh yes – hteir voices together – o dear- I would totally melt

  • Larry Tabb

    I think he will do a song with josh turner myself possibly brad paisley I think if it was a girl it would be Carrie underwood