Scotty McCreery Sued By Former Manager, Todd Cassetty (UPDATED)

Scotty McCreery with Todd Cassetty

Uh oh. Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is being sued by his former manager Todd Cassetty, for failure to make payment for services rendered. The Nashville Post reports:
Cassetty Entertainment, run by music industry veteran Todd Cassetty, signed McCreery as its first artist in October 2012. But Cassetty claims he was “strung along for months” as McCreery failed to officially memorialize the management agreement. The parties parted ways in April.

According to the lawsuit, Cassetty claims that McCreery, 19, offered to pay him 15 percent of all gross revenues. But McCreery’s mother, Judy, stepped in and offered only two percent, the lawsuit claims.

Cassetty started managing McCreery after he was released from XIX Entertainment, the company he was contractually obligated to work after winning American Idol. Judy McCreery told Cassetty in an October 2012 email that Cassetty was “unofficially official” their new manager, according to the suit.

Cassetty started managing Scotty McCreery then but an official management agreement was never memorialized. The suit claims that the McCreerys kept assuring Cassetty that he would be paid at the “industry standard” of 15-20 percent of gross revenues. The lawsuit calls those claims “fraudulent and deceptive.”

Cassetty is asking for a money judgment including actual, consequential and punitive damages. Don Passman, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing McCreery, declined to comment on the case Monday afternoon.

Cassetty announced the launch of Cassetty Entertainment, an artist management enterprise in October 2012, with Scotty as his 1st and only client. The announcement, as published by Music Row, included a quote from Scotty himself:

Todd Cassetty today announced the launch of Cassetty Entertainment, an artist management enterprise which has signed Scotty McCreery.

Cassetty is stepping away from his day-to-day roles with Hi-Fi Fusion and Todd Cassetty Welding Service but the online and video marketing companies will continue operation. Additional details regarding Hi-Fi Fusion will be forthcoming.

For the past 18 months, Cassetty has been working with McCreery on multiple projects from television shows to promotional campaigns to music videos. Says McCreery, “Todd has been involved in my career since I first came to Nashville after American Idol, and our great working relationship made the management scenario a no-brainer.”

Scotty even tweeted on October 30, 2012:

Pumped to have @ToddCassetty as my new manager. We’re gonna be thinking outside the box and taking my career to the next level!

Looking at Cassetty’s Twitter account, his timeline was full of Scotty tweets from October 30, 2012 to March 25, 2013, during which time Scotty was promoting his Christmas album, Christmas With Scotty McCreery, began his first headlining tour (the Weekend Roadtrip tour), and launched ScotTV, his weekly webisodes.

Weird situation, and no doubt the McCreery family will have responses to Cassetty’s allegations. Sounds like Cassetty started working with Scotty despite a disagreement with his mother over his management fee, and they were never able to come to a resolution. A shame on all sides that it didn’t work out after so much optimism and excitement out of the gate. Meanwhile, Scotty will probably want to get his current management situation sorted out before he releases his sophomore studio album.

UPDATED: We just received a statement from Scotty’s publicist

There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court.

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  • I LOVE Britney

    “Uh oh. Season 11 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery ”

    Really???? It’s season 10!!

  • pj

    If he didn’t sign anything, then I imagine it is going to be hard to prove. Shitty of him if they did a lot of work and he reneged on a verbal agreement.

  • windmills

    Fixed. My brain merged 2011 and Season 10.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    My question is, how bad does this look? To me, I wait to see/hear both sides but I can see a lot of people jumping the gun, especially since Todd has a lot of connections.

    I’m saddened that it didn’t work out. Hope it can be straightened out quickly, but if there’s been problems since April, maybe not. Maybe we can just hope it gets straightened out to the satisfaction of both? Aargh.

  • Amy Beth

    Contracts don’t have to be written. Usually the lack of a signed contract makes proof difficult, but any video, email or social media statements make it easier.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Not really if the manager can prove that Scotty who was 19 at the time and can legally enter into a contract acknowledges the relationship then a judge can determine the relationship binding. The fees are a different matter. The manager would have to prove Scotty accepted the percentage terms as described.

  • Amy Beth

    I think the main issue will be whether he was the manager or not. Nobody is going to accept a 2% fee, that’s just silly.

    He’ll either win and get his standard 15% or lose and get nothing.

  • L. R. M. L.

    Agree, it’s sad that it’s even happening.

    Of course what has become public is only 1 side of the story so speculation will not likely be in Scotty’s favor . Who knows what is really behind it all?

    From what we know of him and his family, I choose to believe that things got misconstrued along the way.

    Wishing Scotty the very best outcome.

  • MV007

    It sounds like he’s got somewhat of a case. I think one of the questions will be how much did Cassetty accept while he was manager. Did he work for those 6 months without collecting anything from Scotty? Did he accept 2% but insisted on more? Were they giving him 15% at any point? So the question is what did the parties actions actually indicate was the deal.

  • Incipit

    After 6 months, that would be a primo question. Was he being paid at any point?

    Who hired the guy, Scotty, or Scotty’s mom? If Scotty was 19, then wasn’t he able to enter into a legal, binding contract without his parents approval? That would make whatever Judy McCreery offered moot – since the contract was with Scotty. Or was there even a contract?

    Does Scotty have management now? This is all a puzzlement.

  • girlygirl

    He better have a signed contract or his case will go nowhere.

    And wow, 2%? Way to lowball, Mrs. McCreery. Managers make 10% on the average, and sometimes 15-20%. No manager is going to bust their butt for an artist if they are getting 2%

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t follow Scotty, so I’m unfamiliar with his history and with his family. Is he the first one that’s had a career in entertainment? If his family was helping him make decisions post XIX management, it might be the case that they were newbies making newbie mistakes. Ignorance isn’t an excuse but it might be one of the reasons why things weren’t done properly.

  • PhilCorb

    Wow, 2 % fee? ridiculous. If this is a truth statement from Cassetty part then i don’t know what to say about Scotty and Scotty’s mom. Way too low from them.

  • chloe18

    Oh wow this doesn’t sound good and it can’t be fun to deal with. I really hope that 2% number isn’t true because that seems really harsh to offer someone that. Hopefully this gets straightened out for everyone soon. What is kind of interesting is the tweet. Would tweeting that be considered written proof of management?

  • chloe18

    That’s what I’m wondering. Basically the tweet says he’s my manager. Couldn’t that be used as proof that there was an agreement?

  • LongKissGoodnight


    This is the most bizarre story to come out of Idolsphere in a long while…

  • SteelWauhterz

    Welcome to the big time Scotty. This is just another right of passage…

  • SteelWauhterz

    Typical stage mom….Think she’s haggling over the price of a new car, and refuses to pay 2% over invoice.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, it should motivate any future managers to do two things:

    1. Make sure McCreery signs a contract before any substantial work is done.

    2. Ignore input from Judy McCreery, since Scotty McCreery is no longer a minor and his mother’s statements are not binding on his actions.

    Both steps are actually standard business practices anyway — Cassetty appears to have made the small-biz-owner mistake of being easy-going because he liked and trusted McCreery. I’ve seen people I ordinarily would have considered entirely nice and trustworthy become squirrelly in business situations, so I doubt this will blacken Scotty McCreery’s reputation forever among people who’ve had some business experience. But they’ll definitely make him sign on the dotted line.

  • Mel432

    Sounds like Cassetty did a good job of getting really good gigs for Scotty, and it seemed Scotty really liked him. Maybe his mother shouldn’t have been so involved. 2%? What was she thinking? That is an insult.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Thanks. I hope there’s no short or long-term repercussions, other than to figure out the payment and move on.

  • girlygirl

    Who is Scotty’s manager now?

    If this 2% offer is true, I can’t see big-time managers lining up to work with him. Especially if Scotty’s mom is one of those who sticks her nose in to every little thing (I don’t know if she is or isn’t, but if this report of her offering the mgr 2% is true, it’s not a good sign)

  • ptebwwong

    That’s a mystery to Scotty fans & over at IDF. At one point, Todd was the manager. But after March he didn’t tweet at all about Scotty. Basically, for the last few months some fans have been questioning if Todd is his manger, he doesn’t have one, or he hired a new one. Right now, I don’t think anyone knows who’s his manager.

  • Amy Beth

    The “manager” will have to find people who he dealt with on Scotty’s behalf. If a person at a venue negotiated with this guy, and then Scotty showed up for a show they agreed on, that’s pretty compelling proof he was acting as a manager.

  • Chrissie

    O dear .. who would have thought ….. I don´t really get this whole thing. First – I don´t get why they didn´t sign that kind of business agreement on paper ( seems more than natural to me) – and then I can hardly believe that his mother (who is a business woman) would only offer 2 %.esp. when 19 y old Scotty is a legal part.That strikes me as odd. And I wonder if Todd and Scotty have tried to talk and find a way to solve their disagreement instead of grabbing to lawsuit. O well, In any case m sure hoping it´ll turn out ok somehow

  • L. R. M. L.

    We don’t know if a payment is even warranted since this class action suit hasn’t gone though the whole process.

  • PhilCorb

    Hai Windmills.. Do you already know about Cassetty reputable and his work in country industry in a past? If he is really an respectable music industry veteran and has a big influence and connection with Nashville so it would be not good for Scotty’s part.

  • maymay

    Don`t be managed by family in any way. It could make an artist fall into the dilemma situation. When Scotty started his career, he was not a adult. So his family could take advantage of his age to manage his music business in any way.

    I hope 2% is not true or at least has a good reason to explain. Otherwise it is not a good sign for people`s reputation.

  • ohreli

    Stage moms! Scotty is a big boy now, Mama, let him run his own life!

  • Bugme Nomor

    A newbie mistake is doing work without a signed agreement. It’s telling that Scotty was this guy’s “1st and only client.”

  • PhilCorb

    L-M-A-O, just saw Cassetty’s mention on twitter and some of McCreerians are already harassing him

    Lol @ToddCassetty has less followers then me and most McCreerians do now #SmoothMove

    @ToddCassetty Im laughing how you are sueing@ScottyMcCreery

    @ToddCassetty 15% off earnings, HE’S 19!

    @ToddCassetty seriously you have some nerve to sue Scotty McCreery. Seriously he is 19! #mccreerian4life #JusticeforScotty

    @ToddCassetty @ScottyMcCreery’s success will thive without you and you screwed yourself big time don’t mess with us #JusticeForScotty

    @ToddCassetty 2 bad this wasn’t worked out BY YOU without this negativity but @ScottyMcCreery will do just fine! #McCreerians #Rock

    @ToddCassetty why u going to do this to Scotty???? He’s just starting out


    @ToddCassetty I am going to in follow you because you are suing my @ScottyMcCreery!!!

    Oh stans!!

  • yaddabing

    LMAOOOO 2%??

    Girl, stop trying to mooch off of your of-age son.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Stans are precious.
    Apparently 19 years old do not have to pay their managers…
    Like, at all…

  • PhilCorb

    Another new ones

    @ScottyMcCreery @JudyMacGarner we McCreerians hadbeen thinkin it was wrong 4 @ToddCassetty to spend all his time watching tv documentaries.

    Watch out @ToddCassetty for that long black train I’m amazed that you would do this to Scotty #JusticeForScotty

    Haha!!. Their meltdowns are hilarious. So entertaining..

  • jpfan2

    I think for the diehards an Idol could kill a puppy and the puppy will have deserved it!

  • ptebwwong

    Here’s an update from a spokesperson for Scotty:

    A spokeswoman for McCreery sent us this statement from the singer: “There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court.”

    Here’s the link:

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Never trust puppies!

  • yaddabing

    …..but he WAS your manager, even if for five months, so he should still get paid what’s due?

    Yah, sounds like they were trying to low ball his fees.

  • PhilCorb

    So the next question is ‘who’s the one who tell the truth’?

    I’m still curious about Cassetty reputation in a past. This article said he’s one of industry veteran. Is he really a big name and has a huge influence in industry or not?

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  • irockhard

    Did his mama write that? LOL!

  • tripp_ncwy

    At least we know know there was an agreement and Todd was acting as his manager. Now it is just a questions of the fees he should be paid.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    The thing is, and Kirsten may remember this, but towards the end of Idol, she mentioned a book by Don Passman. I mentioned that Scotty’s mother had tweeted that she was reading it by the pool (with picture:). Also, I mentioned that Mr. Passman was Scotty’s lawyer (he’s mentioned above). It also turned out that he became several Season 10 Idols’ lawyer.

    Anyway, I read the book after Kirsten suggested it as a great resource. The book clearly mentions the acceptable percentage. So, I don’t know, don’t have a smidgen of proof, but I doubt the 2% mentioned is correct.

    Oh, and no puppies are involved.

  • H.A.

    How old is Scotty again? Me thinks he needs to cut the aprons. His mama sounds like the manager from hell who in the long run will screw him. I know Scotty isn’t making much money but when someone does business with you you need to pay the person. I don’t think she has a case at all.

  • eleanor_V1

    Loved Scottys great response Remember there are 2 sides to every story & i Support Scotty & his family 100 % #McCreerianForever

  • ptebwwong

    Cassetty is an industry veteran, but more on the videos (music videos, tv specials, etc.) side of things. He had worked with Scotty before he was his manager on music videos. Also, he has worked with Lauren. From, his bio he has worked with Taylor Swift, but for tv specials, behind the scenes, & documentaries. Her videos are not done by him.

    From his work bio, he is an industry veteran, but doesn’t seem like he works with a lot of artists or has done much work. So I wouldn’t consider him to have much influence in country music.

  • Jordana33

    I really can’t imagine Scotty screwing over anyone. However, his Mom might be a different issue. Generally, I don’t think it’s a great idea for parents to manage their kids. Sometimes they have no choice if they’re minors, but as someone mentioned earlier, he’s no longer a minor.

  • Jordana33

    Not to be picky, but how can you support anyone 100% if you don’t know the full story?

  • L. R. M. L.

    Scotty fans can be overly protective on Twitter. Not necessarily a reflection of the kind of decisions or comments Scotty would make. .

  • Chrissie

    statement from Scotty´s side says Todd was offered pay- so refusing to pay
    him was not the issue. We hear the issue was Todd asking for more than they
    obviously had agreed on or seemed reasonable. We don´t know the facts- how much they
    agreed on and how much % we are talking about and whether they indeed were
    trying to low ball his fees or whatever was really going on.

  • Happyhexer

    *Ouch* It’s true that oral contracts can be enforced, as long as they don’t violate the statute of frauds, which requires a written contract for the conveyance of real property in many states. But the amount of payment due (price) is an essential (and here, presumably missing), term of the contract. So perhaps there is no enforceable contract, though Cassetty could sue for quantum meruit or unjust enrichment.

    I’m inclined to hold off on any thoughts until we know more. The McCreerys do not seem the type of folks who would stiff someone. It sounds more like this guy wasn’t especially experienced as a manager, and didn’t do a good job of developing it into a career for himself. He would have needed more than one client (at least more than one client who was just starting out in the music business). I’m speculating that Cassetty may have been unrealistic.

    Punitive damages for a contract dispute seem unlikely, though perhaps not impossible depending on state law.

  • Incipit

    Scotty’s Mom isn’t a businesswoman, she’s a teacher. Teachers usually believe in doing homework, and if she has read the Passman book about the industry, she’s done some homework. Enough to know a Manager’s percentage.

    If she’s supposed to be helping Scotty out, like advice, etc – even though he is not a Minor – I still don’t know anyone who will do anything for 2% – so that part is hard to believe – that it was offered OR accepted for 6 months. Either way.

    This is all very strange.

  • mad1son

    Scotty should get a new publicist to go along with the new manager. “Trust me. Would I lie?” is always the least convincing response possible to an accusation.

  • Bugme Nomor

    Someone wants 15%, you offer 2%. You settle on a number somewhere in the middle.

    I was once on a jury that found a man guilty. Most jurors wanted a sentence of 15-20 years. Two jurors were feeling bad about the conviction and wanted 5-years probation.

    After lunch, the jury foreman came back and began pushing for 70 years.

    We settled on 15 years.

    It was a masterful display of negotiating.

  • Happyhexer

    They don’t have to be written (usually, except for real estate transactions), but the essential terms of the contract have to be sufficiently definite and certain (i.e., that there was a meeting of the minds on the part of the contracting parties, if you will). And the amount to be paid for services if an essential term of a contract. So, possibly, there’s no contract (if it can be proven that there was no agreement on the amount to be paid).

  • windmills

    Todd Cassetty’s not a big name and tbh I’d never heard much about him good or bad. Here’s an interview he did with Billboard that was published in mid-November 2012 where he talks about his background, branching out into management, and working with Scotty.

    More recently, he produced & directed the behind the scenes clips on Carrie’s Blown Away Tour DVD according to the press release. This was his first gig as a manager. I don’t think he’s majorly influential, though he has worked with a lot of major artists.

    But I think the potential for negative consequence here comes less from the person and more from the impact it may have on Scotty’s search for a new professional manager, if he is looking for one. Maybe it’s nothing that a few open conversations and iron clad written contracts up front can’t solve though.

  • Happyhexer

    It doesn’t look bad to me, but then, based on what I know, I have a fairly high regard for Scotty and his family. Things like this happen all the time, Lexie, so please don’t worry too much! It will work out. It’s just that it will, unfortunately, entail the hiring and payment of an attorney.

  • Listening

    Is Scotty still a minor or was Scotty still a minor when he unofficially officially took that guy on as a manager? If he was doesn’t that nullify everything b/c I thought minors can’t make contract deals.

    And irrespective of that if nothing was signed then everything reverts back to a verbal contract and then their must be a meeting of the minds a clear understanding of whats required and desired by each party. If that’s not met which seems like it wasn’t b/c both parties say diff. things then it’s up to a judge to decide what’s fair. I watch a lot of Judge Judy and People’s Court and that’s how it goes down.

    This is really on the dude though he knew something was up when they wouldn’t sign the papers. If you keep asking and all they do is reassure you w/out pen to paper that’s fishy b/c it’s easy to sign on the dotted line. With all the money that was possibly in play i’m sure that guy would of driven/flown to any where they wanted and hand delivered those papers but he didn’t my guess is b/c he didn’t want to spook them and have t pull out everything. Well now he has to deal w/ it.

  • Happyhexer

    That is what I’m guessing.

  • L. R. M. L.

    In his response, Scotty didn’t dispute the fact that in an e-mail, he said Todd was his manager.
    The issue at stake is what Todd should have been paid for service rendered.

  • Sassycatz

    You have to start somewhere. He wasn’t new to the business, itself, so he had to have had some knowledge of what the job was and how to go about it. His mistake was obviously treating Scotty like a friend/family and not being business-like enough to get it all in writing before doing anything else.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Notice how all of these rabid fans sound and think the same, no matter who they stan for? Weird! lol

  • hcpoirot

    Todd is a fool cause he is industry music for so long. Before managing Scotty, they should sign on a paper and legalize how much as a manager he should be paid and not by agreement with speech.

    Maybe if he manage his own family or son, they could agree based on trust with each other. But even if your client is a good friend, business is business. Need to be written on a paper clearly. You cannot trust anybody these days.

  • merkureye

    Wow! 20% of gross that seems like a lot! I thought an agents fee was more like 10% of gross.

  • tripp_ncwy

    19M was getting 15% based on the winner’s contracts. Don’t know what XIX was getting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    From the publicists statement, Todd was Scotty’s manager for at least 5 months. He was entitled to be paid for his work since they offered to give him payment ‘more than once”. The sticking point is the amount. Judge Judy would probably say since this was a verbal contract and the amount is disputed she would just split the difference and be done with it unless there are independent witnesses to the conversations who could testify.

  • windmills

    I think what Todd Cassetty would probably say is that if he had accepted payment at the lower rate offered, that could’ve been legally interpreted as tacit acceptance of the lower rate the McCreerys were offering, in the absence of a contract.

    I don’t think it’s clear whether there was ever an agreement on rate, but 15-20% is what I’ve always heard is industry standard for a manager’s fee, maybe 10% at the low end.

  • Chrissie

    She was a teacher before she became a business woman.
    As for the 2% – maybe I wasn´t clear in my wording- what I meant to express is excatly that it is hard to believe that she would offer only 2 % and that I don´t believe she did and that it doesn´t make sense to me (her having insight in business ) and no, And finally I wait for the outcome bc it´s just all speculation until we know the facts

  • windmills

    Scotty was born on 10/9/93 so when the press release about their management arrangement went out he was 19 years old.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if all parties went ahead with the arrangement without a formal agreement because from Scotty’s side, he had just released a Christmas album and needed a manager immediately to fight for him to get TV spots to help promote it, while Cassetty was super-excited to have a high-profile 1st client.

    Maybe, and this is pure speculation, from the McCreerys side they wanted a short unofficial trial period before formalizing anything to see if Scotty and Todd were a good fit. But then as things wore on and he didn’t seem any closer to a formal deal with industry standard compensation despite Scotty seemingly being satisfied with his work, Cassetty got increasingly frustrated. That’s perhaps what led to the dissolution of their management relationship in April.

  • usedtobelucy

    I guess I don’t understand why, if Scotty’s mother really offered the guy 2 percent and Scotty let her do it — indicating that to some degree at least he would let her speak for him — Cassetty didn’t walk out the door immediately.

    If somebody young is allowing a family member to speak for them, then I think you’d better figure that that family member is going to have a lot of influence in what goes on. And if the family member offers you an insulting and completely unprofessional, unrealistic 2 percent as a management fee — run for the hills.

    Sounds like big-time neophyte mistakes on the part of both the McCreery’s and Cassetty. Hope they all get more savvy and sensible before they work with anybody else.

  • vamp111

    I loved Scotty’s statement he released. Hopefully this can get sorted out soon.

  • usedtobelucy

    Well, not 19-year-old Idol boys that are the tv boyfriends and sons of a lot of tv-watching women.

  • vamp111

    Scotty is actually making a lot of money, he was one of the top Forbes idols. He made $4 million in 2012. I don’t know where the “not making much money” thing came from.

  • usedtobelucy

    Actually, fans often prefer not to know the whole story. Makes the 100 percent thing much easier. heh

  • BonnieDee

    So who is managing him now? His Mom? How often does that end well? Judging from what we’ve seen before it often leads to broken families and lawsuits.

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  • merkureye

    If that’s the case carrie underwood has been a major cash cow for XIX!

  • Eileen99

    What a mess. Doesn’t look good for anyone, but the fact that Scotty hasn’t paid him a dime yet rubs me the wrong way.

  • Amy Beth

    Since managers work on a percentage basis, I don’t see how the length of employment would affect the amount due. It would be based on how much Scotty earned during those 5 months. OTOH, if they really offered him 2%, then the standard rate might seem outrageous to them.

  • Listening

    They say they offered to pay him but he turned them down. My guess is that Scotty & CO. wrote out a check for the 2% that said paid in full and he didn’t accept it.

    So now everyone is like off to court we go let them decide what happens.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I just went back and read that chapter in Passman’s book.:) Another sticking point might have been whether the 15% was out of net or gross. It seems like most take out of gross, but new artists may negotiate and get the manager to deal with being paid out of net. Then there was a list of things that could be included or excluded. Sounds too complicated not to have the terms hashed out before he started to work.

    But, then again, Passman had a little section where many managers don’t have written contracts because they value the relationship with the client too much. Hmmm…

  • vamp111

    His mom isn’t a stage mom. She supports any decision he makes.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Thanks.:) One thing I’m pretty sure of is that they’ve had an attorney all along, Passman. And my guess is that it’s the tradition of some managers working on a handshake that’s gotten them all into trouble.

    Thanks for the reassurance, by the way. It’s been a rotten day in my real world.

  • girlygirl

    The statement doesn’t say what percentage Scotty offered to pay the manager, so it really clears up nothing. Especially because length of employment has nothing to do with how much a manager gets. 10-15% is standard, whether you work 1 day or 20 years for the artist.

    Sounds like this one may not be settled out of court.

  • girlygirl

    What does the fact that they are upper-middle class have to do with anything? I grew up upper-middle class and believe me, I know a ton of upper-middle class people who are greedy and/or cheap. Just because they may not need the money to survive doesn’t mean they don’t want to keep as much of Scotty’s income as possible. Upper-middle class are just as capable of trying to cheat people out of their money as anyone else

  • usedtobelucy

    “But, then again, Passman had a little section where many managers don’t
    have written contracts because they value the relationship with the
    client too much. Hmmm…”

    Hmmm…. also, yikes!

  • Listening

    Yeah I agree w/ girlygirl it doesn’t matter if one is well off some people still want more rich or poor. I mean I heard numerous times how people have said Simon is money hungry and he’s like mega rich. And all the times I read about rich celebrities getting caught on tax evasion, they’re making millions and trying to squirm out of paying thousands

  • H.A.

    Scotty also said in the same Forbes article after expenses paid to all parties he only pockets about 1/5

    For McCreery, that probably means pocketing only about one-fifth of his $4 million payday. He’s fine with that.

    “It’s depressing when you look at it, but I’m still making a good amount,” says McCreery. “I’m not in any way complaining … I’m doing a lot better than I was a few summers ago, living off the coin jar in my truck.”

  • H.A.

    Upper-middle class are just as capable of trying to cheat people out of their money as anyone else

    The more money some make the greedier they get. Let them eat cake and all.

  • stef

    I don’t really get it. If they were having a dispute and Scotty didn’t wish to pay the rate being asked, why keep the guy around if you are Scotty, just have him stop work if he won’t agree to work cheaper. And if you are the guy, why are you still working for five months without being paid if that’s the case.

    And where was Scotty’s attorney in all this. I don’t really understand all the legalities but wouldn’t there be sort of an implicit contract even if they never signed the paperwork but both sides were treating it as if they had signed. Except the billing and paying up part, lol.

    Welcome to show business for Scotty, not all fun I guess.

  • Kirsten

    And 2% might actually be a reasonable rate.

    Hold on. Let me explain.

    Scotty released his Christmas album on October 16 before his Oct 30th tweet. He recorded the album way back in the summer (IIRC – anyway, it is before the new guy was hired). That means that Scotty owes XIX the full management fee for the revenue he generates from either the Christmas album or his first album and related tours. Managers who take people on after a project has completed recording know this. They cannot expect the artist to pay the management fee twice. Therefore, they work skinny and hope to still be ther for the next project. But if Scotty didn’t start work on his next project before firing his manager, the manager is not entitled to much.

    If managers did all the work to guide a project through to fruition and set up promo opportunities only to be fired and not compensated

  • Indigobunting

    Oh yeah. Some of my ‘cheapest’ clients are the richest. While those with low income are very generous and never try to lowball. Income has absolutely nothing to do with trying to cheat others or get a better deal than the standard.

  • Kirsten

    (stupid iPad doesn’t like me defending managers….to continue)

    …once an album is released, that would not be fair. So contracts are written that they still collect their usual fee. New managers willing take on the risk so they get paid a lower amount (if anything) until new work is generated.

    It is ridiculous to expect an artist to pay 40% to two managers and managers would have difficulty getting new clients if they expected it.

  • Kirsten

    BTW I know this from reading Don Passman’s book – the guy who is Scotty’s lawyer. I’m sure he crossed that ‘T’ and dotted that ‘I’.

  • girlygirl

    2% is not a fair percentage in any way shape or form. The standard rate for music managers is 10-15%. Everyone in the music industry knows and understands this.

    Scotty would not be required to pay Cassetty any money on any projects that McCreety wasn’t involved in. So if the Christmas album was already done before McCreety came on board, he shouldn’t expect, nor should he receive any % of the earnings from that project. That money goes to the former manager who did the work on the project.

    However, that does not mean he should be offered a percentage that is way way WAY below the standard rate for any work he did do for Scotty.

    If an artist changes management, he/they risk having to pay more than one manager if the old manager is owed money for a past project and the new manager is owed money on a new project. This isn’t something that would be unique to Scotty’s situation.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, it got to be such a problem for us, that we started asking for a 50% down payment from our clients. We’ve even had people contract work only to never pick up, having bought a second home out of state then deciding they liked it better there and just not bother canceling.

  • Kirsten

    But what new work did Scotty do during that five months that was not connected to projects recorded prior to Oct? 2% of the money he made from the Christmas album is actually quite generous since the man is entitled to none.

    And how is the 2% being calculated? Is it 2% of all the money Scotty earned during that 5 months or is 15% of the money related to what the new manager did and none of what the Christmas and first album made and the. Dude is doing his own percentage calculation based on the entire amount?

    Expecting an artist to pay 30-40% of their income to managers is ridiculous. He was starting a new agency with Scotty as an anchor client who was just starting to promote an album recorded under another manager. managers make money from helping their clients make money. He had nothing to do with the Christmas album project (even much of the promo would have been set up), so he doesn’t deserve much if anything from that.

  • Kirsten

    Managers take the risk and for that, they are richly rewarded. If a new artist makes no money, the manager gets nothing. this guy is only owed money for work related to projects connected to what Scotty recorded in those 5 months.

  • usedtobelucy

    Not all fun but probably not all that bad, either.

    The guy’s a new manager and Scotty’s a new artist. They’ll both learn stuff from this. Probably a lot of stuff. …

    I don’t see that it’ll hurt either one of them, ultimately. I don’t think anybody will really care that they were involved in this lawsuit. They can probably both make some kind of case for why they did whatever it is that they did.

    It’s just that, as somebody mentioned above, they’ll be expected to sign a lot of papers now. … which both parties should have insisted on in the first place.

  • windmills

    I’m not as sure as you are that Cassetty wasn’t involved in the set up of some of the Christmas TV promotion for Scotty. Some of those gigs seemed like close to last minute announcements, and my impression was that Cassetty may have been involved in booking them. One gig that come to mind as something I thought Cassetty may have arranged was Scotty’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting performance.

    Scotty started recording his sophomore album (his 1st 7 songs cut, including See You Tonight) and had at least one songwriting session while Cassetty was still his manager. However, he also had at least 2 recording sessions for his sophomore album that appear to have been after he and Cassetty parted ways.

    Scotty’s Weekend Roadtrip tour was announced (and likely booked) while Cassetty was still his manager.

    None of this contradicts your information, just trying to supplement with a few specifics here and there.

  • Trina

    I’m guessing anyone who uses “(insert Idol of worship)FOREVER!!11111!!!” is either 12 or too infatuated with their fave Idol to actually care about facts.

  • merkureye

    Okay I’m just going to get this out there. I remember thinking back when it was announced that Scotty was leaving XIX, “Why would Scotty leave Simon Fuller and go with this guy as his only client?” Didn’t make sense then – doesn’t now. Whatever Scotty agreed to pay, it wasn’t enough for Cassetty to make a living or run an agency with having only one client.

    Fuller announced during S10 that he was going to personally manage the T2 which turned out to be Scotty and Lauren Alaina. Let’s see. . .hmm. . .multimillionaire uber- entertainment industry savant who shepherded Carrie Underwood’s career or, . . .wait for it. . . . .Todd Cassetty??

    I certainly hope Lauren didn’t leave Fuller’s XIX.

    Here is Scotty’s first clue that this guy may not have been that great of a manager. . .his prior experience was running a welding shop!! lol . . .you couldn’t make this stuff up. . . . really. . . lol.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    But, then again, Passman had a little section where many managers don’t have written contracts because they value the relationship with the client too much.

    Eep. It’s been 3-4 years since I read Passman, and I’d entirely forgotten that.

    My own business experience with “we don’t need a contract because we adore one another so” (in fields other than artist management) has led me to give the standard answer of “a contract protects BOTH parties,” followed by insisting on a contract whether I’m the client or the vendor. We can always later agree to be flexible about something, but neither of us should be able to unilaterally change the expectations of the relationship.

  • vamp111

    I know for a fact Scotty’s parents aren’t stage parents. His idol audition was on a whim, he wasn’t one of those teenagers who had parents who groomed him for fame his whole life. Never in a million years did they ever think he would be where he was now.

  • escape

    His parents are very active in his career. Scotty was with his Dad at this year’s finale. They always seem to tweeting about something related to Scotty’s appearances. He’s 19 yrs old, going on 20. Time to cut the apron springs.

  • NoCalGirl

    I would hardly characterize Scotty’s mother as a “manager from hell”. To the contrary, I really believe every step she has taken during Scitty’s journey has always been with his best interest at heart. No matter how experienced someone is or is not, there will always be missteps along the way…life can be messy! I love how the entire McCreery family has made Scotty’s tour a family affair and admire them very much. Sad & very surprised to read that the business partnership with Todd ended & badly to boot.(no pun extended)

  • Darko_5

    Lauren is still with Simon Fuller

  • SaSa8

    Think you better check your facts – No Scotty’s manager did NOT run a welding shop. Todd Cassety Welding Service is a midleading name – it is a production company. Here is their description on their website that explains the name. ” Yeah, we know that TCWS is a strange name for a production company. But in our years of operation, we’ve become pretty successful at “welding” stories together. Whether it’s a TV program, a music video or a film, we pride ourselves on storytelling.” Per

  • pbachler

    first off why would anyone want to sign with someone when they were his ONLY client – I love the McCreery’s and Scotty is such a great singer – but first off these idiots at American Idol should protect these kids after winning on their show – the McCreery’s are like all the other’s that have won on that show they ARE NOT AND NEVER BEEN IN SHOW BUSINESS – so they need guidance – sign something or not if this man was taking advantage of their innocence then shame on him –

  • mad1son

    It’s the old big fish/small pond argument. When you are the only client, you get all of your manager’s time and energy, and he has a huge incentive to make sure you succeed. When you are one of many clients, you are competing with the other artists for attention and offers, and you might end up with just a few crumbs.

  • vamp111

    His parents tweet because they are excited about it. His sister tweets about his events and shows too, but that doesn’t mean she is a stage parent(or sister lol).

    Scotty’s dad was with him at the finale because 19 is still young. I know my parents wouldn’t leave me alone in LA when I was 19 lol. Plus I’m sure he wanted company instead of going alone.

  • PhilCorb

    Do you know them personally? or maybe related with them? because if you’re not, your post is an assumption from fan not fact.

  • Ann Stark

    Thats not true 2% really. I would not pay aguy with no experience 15 to 20 percent . 10 maybe . But only on things he brought to the table . I think Todd is trying to get money from other things in Scotty carreer. He has to pay Idol 50 % then his label so to think he would pay Todd 15 TO 20% ON THE REMAINDER WOULD BE INSANE .from what i understand Todd only contributed to the video for WTT and CWSM. So he didnt do much and i think he didnt have the connections he claimed. If i was an artist i would steer clear of Todd cassedy.

  • Ann Stark

    Please stop commenting about this family unless you know them .some of you people are ignorant.

  • Ann Stark

    Any of Scotty’s gigs came after Apri Todd wasnt even around he didnt do much.

  • Ann Stark

    Yes and Todd could very well of tried to take advantage of Scotty. Todd has no experience. At all who the hell would pay him 15 TO 20 % I BET IT WAS MORE LIKE 10 % THEN TODD IS TRYING TO GET MORE .

  • Ann Stark

    They have to agree what part dont you understand .why would he pay him if he wants a ridiculous amount they offered to pay him . Helloooooooo

  • girlygirl

    I’m confused. You seem to think Cassetty would get some income from a project that was contracted and recorded before he came on the scene. No, he wouldn’t. He has no legal claim to any income from the Christmas album if he wasn’t Scotty’s manager at the time the album was contracted and/or recorded.

    Cassetty is only legally allowed to claim an income from projects that were begun and/or completed during the time he served as Scotty’s manager. Nothing more and nothing less. Likewise, Scotty’s former manager(s) has no legal claim on income made from projects that were not at least begun during their time as his manager.

    I don’t see why you think he’s paying 30-40% of his income to managers. At this point in his career, the only $ Scotty should owe his former manager is royalties off his album sales. Which, considering the current sales, should not account for a very high percentage of his total income. We’re talking pennies on the dollar, here. It’s unlikely that many, if any, of Scotty’s upcoming gigs were contracted when he was still with his manager prior to Cassetty — most gigs and appearances aren’t booked that far in advance. So why would he owe them any money? That 10-15% would go to Cassetty (assuming Scotty actually paid Cassetty the going rate for a manager).

    No experienced manager would agree to take a 2% commission. Definitely not from an artist who is not a huge star, and probably not even then. The only time I know of managers doing something like this is in cases when the artist is just starting out, probably isn’t getting anything more than local gigs, and asks a friend/acquaintance to work as his/their manager — or the person volunteers to act as the manager in order to gain some experience in the business. Maybe the McCreerys thought that since Cassetty had no previous clients, they could get away with offereing him such a lowball %.. But considering Scotty is signed to a major label, he really has no excuse for trying to do this — he should be willing to pay the standard 10-15%.

    Chances are both Scotty (and his family) and Cassetty are in the wrong in some way in this dispute. Nothing is ever black or white. But if the McCreerys really did offer Cassetty just 2% commission, I’m sorry, but that’s not cool at all. Likewise, if Cassetty was asking for 20% (or more), that’s also not cool.

  • girlygirl

    He also gets a percentage of the income made from Scotty’s concerts, personal appearances, etc that were booked during those 5 months. For example, if Scotty’s CMA Fest app. was booked during the time Cassetty was his manager, and Scotty got paid, say, $10,000 for that appearance, Cassetty should receive $1,000 to $1,500 of that $10K.

  • usedtobelucy

    “Thats not true 2% really. I would not pay aguy with no experience 15 to 20 percent .”

    But if you were so skeptical of a person’s experience and connections that you would only offer him an insulting 2 percent fee, why would you hire him in the first place? ….

    First and foremost, you want your manager to do a good job, especially as a newbie to the business yourself. The aim is not to save money on the deal. So why would you ever hire someone to manage you that you yourself viewed as essentially a trainee?

    If that’s what Mrs. M. was doing, then I’d say it’s ridiculous.

  • merkureye

    Really did not care enough to check the “welding” thing. The welding shop name is dumb either way. Why would you want to name a company something that connotes sweaty people banging metal?? It doesn’t inspire.

  • usedtobelucy

    Well, I agree with you about wondering whether it wasn’t the greatest decision when Scotty initially left to go with this guy.

    But all managers *do* have to start somewhere. And some people have been better off when they’ve been with smaller-scale managers, because you don’t have to compete for their attention and constantly get shunted off to assistants.

    As for Cassetty’s making-a-living plans, I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t counting entirely on management income for that. I don’t think he gave up his film/tv/video-production work to go into management full-time. This is pure speculation on my part, but from some things I remember him saying early on, I think he may have contemplated some kind of business model that melds those two lines — a management approach that would maximize the visual aspects of an artist’s promotion for the digital age, or something.

    And, of course, I know that you’re joking about the welding company! But, just for the record, I’ll point out that that’s his name for this tv/video/film-production company. He’s not really a welder!

    This is the little blurb from his production-company website:
    ‘Yeah, we know that TCWS is a strange name for a production
    company. But in our years of operation, we’ve become pretty successful
    at “welding” stories together. Whether it’s a TV program, a music video
    or a film, we pride ourselves on storytelling.
    So, what’s your story?’

    I can see why this emphasis on “telling your story” may have appealed to Scotty.

  • usedtobelucy

    “I know my parents wouldn’t leave me alone in LA when I was 19 lol”I

    Good thing you didn’t want to go to UCLA, then.

    I’m completely willing to buy that his parents aren’t stage parents. But the idea that it’s perfectly sensible for parents to be unwilling to “leave a 19-year-old alone in LA”! Come on. It’s one thing for his dad to be with him at the finale because they like hanging out together. But if he really was there because he thinks that Scotty, at 19, needs parental supervision in LA, then, wow, that actually does make me wonder whether his parents are interfering too much. Honestly, Scotty strikes me as a 19-year-old that you should have *no* trouble trusting alone in LA, or anywhere else. He seems quite level headed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. No fan “knows for a fact” about anything to do with the personal life and relationships of the object of their fandom, no matter what has been seen/shown/said in public.

  • usedtobelucy

    “but first off these idiots at American Idol should protect these kids after winning on their show”

    Not sure how Idol can “protect” people who, quite a while after the show is over, deliberately step away from the AI-affiliated management company. The Idol producers don’t have police powers or anything.

  • usedtobelucy

    Sure, but that’s a matter of individual taste, though.

    The image of people working with fire and skill to forge lasting, often beautiful, structures from disconnected pieces of metal strikes me as a quite inspiring image of the production work the company aspires to do. And a very American image, too. That image of the welder braving the terrible heat to skillfully build skyscrapers and bridges is American as apple pie, to me.

    Of course, that’s no guarantee that they actually *do* inspiring work.

    But casting aspersions on somebody because he tried to find a creative name for his company to make it stand out among the thousands of others isn’t really a very substantive criticism, as far as I can see. Particularly when you “didn’t care enough” to actually check out the facts.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    As a parent from a small town, I think it’s the opposite. I trust my child implicitly–he’s been away to college. I don’t, on the other hand, trust LA or NYC. Those places are like foreign, scary places. Most people I know as adults won’t travel to those kinds of cities alone.

    Plus, if you’re a close family, you travel together. It’s what we do…

  • usedtobelucy

    Well, I have no problem at all with the close family traveling together. As I said, if Scotty and his dad were together because they like to be together, I see nothing wrong with that.

    And I get what you’re saying about big cities being frightening to some people.

    But since Scotty is an adult, with enough money to take cabs from his expensive hotel to the theater and hire an assistant to watch out for him if he wants, I still think that if his parents truly are scared to leave him alone in LA — and of course we have no idea whether they are or aren’t — then that may not be the greatest thing for somebody of his age who needs to learn to navigate that tough industry.

    As a small-town girl who moved alone to the big city at age 18 with no hesitation and never looked back, I would like to defend cities, though. They’re just people, and people are people, in my experience, in big towns or small. Some good, some bad, most somewhere in the middle. Cities are where civilization is and always has primarily been created and where you can learn a lot every day just by walking on the street because you come into contact with so many different kinds of people. So I hope that Scotty’s parents do let him go to some big cities on his own — I suspect they do, actually.

  • Miz

    I hate the bad rap that Los Angeles and other big cities get. I’ve lived here since ’78 and it’s a lot more ‘small town’ than people would ever imagine. The glitz you see on TV isn’t the day to day reality for 99% of the people who live here.

  • Kirsten

    I don’t think we are disagreeing.

    2% is such a ridiculous amount that I suspect that this guy is expecting some revenue from the Christmas album and including it in his 2% calculation. That was Scotty’s main source of revenue. He was counting on making the big bucks off of the next album and has largely been sidelined there as well. Who knows. maybe he is involved with only one track of the upcoming album and should only see 2% (1 of 10 tracks so one tenth of 20% management fee for profits from the album). We’ll have to see what the filing is for, but he may not be entitled to much money since Scotty was touring fairly lightly while school was in session and was doing promo for his album.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Just curious for people’s thoughts…how has Scotty’s calendar been so full this year (he might have missed some opportunities, but he’s had many) if he hasn’t had a manager really since March?

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Ye, she is. But her dates/bookings are few and far between…before this suit, I’d been thinking I hoped she would get new management, too.:)

  • windmills

    His tour dates would have been booked by his agent at CAA (and Cassetty would be entitled to a percentage of whatever was booked while he managed Scotty, which was likely everything through May or June). Scotty’s parents may have been able to connect him to Leno (though that could’ve been Scotty’s label too), arrange his Opry performance during CMA Fest week, and get the PBS Capitol 4th gig (that show has always welcomed Idols). His label may have helped with Leno and probably helped arrange his CMT Awards presenters slot.

    The fact that Scotty didn’t play any of the CMA Fest stages and overall had limited visibility during CMA Fest was an indication to me that he doesn’t have professional management at the time.

  • windmills

    Based on what little’s out there, I think it’s pretty easy to imagine how this whole thing happened without demonizing any of the parties (Cassetty as some kind of manipulative snake or Mr. & Mrs. McCreery as stage parents). It seems like, with all parties relative newbies to management, they weren’t able to resolve some very basic disagreements about the appropriate compensation for Todd’s services as manager. Now, it’s going to be up to the courts. It sucks that there appear to be bad feelings now from what started as a good professional relationship, but it is what it is.

    About the stage parent thing, I tend to approach that term with caution in the context of these talent shows. Yeah, in some cases it’s clear the parents are pushing their own unfulfilled dreams on their kids and have an undue sense of entitlement. But I think that for families thrust into these worlds, where the contracts allow for kids to be put through the paces on crazy schedules, where their every move can be exploited for national TV, it has to be so difficult to walk that line between standing up for your kid and pissing off the people around you for being too demanding or uncooperative. If parents overreach a few times backstage at AI or The Voice or XFactor during the season, I feel like maybe it’s an understandable mistake, not necessarily some indication of stage parent syndrome.

    If the McCreerys are still involved with Scotty’s career (my guess is that they are the ones managing Scotty for now, but that’s just a guess), I mean, I kind of find that understandable. Maybe not what I’d advise (in my infinite wisdom, lolz) but I mean, the music business is tough and maybe they’ve found it to be a real struggle to find a manager who *gets* Scotty & his goals and who has the interest and power to really fight for Scotty.

    I always figured Scotty left XIX because their history in Nashville and the country world started with Carrie in 2005, and they wanted independent management from the AI world and somebody with longer, deeper ties in the country world. I don’t think that was a bad idea in and of itself. I’d figured Scotty might land with Fitzgerald Hartley since that’s who manages Brad Paisley (and Kellie Pickler), and Brad seemed like a natural role model for Scotty (for producers, Scotty’s now jumped over to the guy who did all of Brad’s albums before ‘Wheelhouse,’ Frank Rogers). But maybe their pitch to Scotty wasn’t what Scotty and his family wanted, or maybe the McCreerys wanted management where Scotty was going to be top dog (which wouldn’t happen at Fitzgerald Hartley or XIX).

    Enter Todd Cassetty, with whom they apparently had a great relationship, and whose vision for Scotty they apparently liked and trusted enough to bring him on as manager. Now that hasn’t worked out (it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm on Cassetty’s part IMO – I felt like Scotty was very visible during the period of Cassetty’s management). I feel like this is less a case where the parents are trying to be in control and more one where it’s just been a little difficult to find the right management fit.

    I don’t know how realistic the McCreerys have been in their expectations or the way they’ve handled business stuff for Scotty (I really don’t know, really not trying to imply anything either way). But IF they’re involved at a higher level than some of us think is wise, I still find that understandable on a human level. IMO there’s a certain level of frustration in that camp that Scotty hasn’t conquered radio yet and his success hasn’t been acknowledged as much more than a by-product of AI popularity, despite his level of AI popularity being noteworthy in its own right. Scotty’s also dealing with a very crowded roster at his label. I can understand if he & his family are a little gunshy and less trusting because of all that.

    IMO it would be better for Scotty’s album rollout if he and his family could quickly get comfortable with the right professional manager. But I get why it may take some time to match what’s realistic with what Scotty wants and needs. This is a learning curve for all involved.

  • escape

    His parents are Judy & Mike McCreery. I know that because I see tweets from them all the time. I am sure parents of other Idols are excited about their careers. But I would not be able to tell you their names. There are 18 yr olds who go off to war. Many, many 18 yrs go away to college. Scotty has been in LA before. That’s why he still has this mama boy’s persona. Could be why he is not taken seriously with Country radio.

  • tripp_ncwy

    When Stirling McIlwaine left 19 to form his own mgmt company (PGE) he took Daughtry with him & Chris at the time was his only client.

  • girlygirl

    There are thousands of 19 year olds on their own in L.A. They are called college students. :)

  • girlygirl

    I live in L.A. I used to live in NYC. As long as you use common sense and understand what areas to avoid on your own, neither place is particularly scary. They really aren’t any different from any other large city.

  • girlygirl

    Seriously! I work in the entertainment industry, and 99% of the time my life is extremely normal if not outright dull! I don’t spend my days & nights hobnobbing with celebs or going to wild parties, that’s for sure, lollll

  • chloe18

    I can see him wanting company and bringing his dad but Scotty’s 19 if he wants to go somewhere alone he can he’s an adult.

  • windmills

    You sound like you’re describing some lawless, valueless free-for-all, not the New York City I’ve come to know after growing up in Franklin, TN ;) The thing about big, crowded cities is they give you diversity, which means the ability to find people who share values with you both in expected places and unexpected ones, plus the ability to learn from people from different backgrounds if you choose.

    I hope you weren’t actually associating “foreign” with “scary.”

  • chloe18

    I think it all depends on what you are used to. I don’t think anything of walking around NYC or other cities alone but wouldn’t be comfortable walking in a rural area alone at night. When there’s no one else around that’s when I start to feel unsafe.

  • bridgette12

    Your so right! There’s absolutely no reason why Scotty can’t travel by himself to L.A or any other city in the U.S. The kid is not going into Somalia, Iraq or Afghanistan, he will safe without bodyguards and a SWAT team protecting him in the big cities..

  • chloe18

    I can definitely understand the frustration his family feels and I’m starting to feel bad for the contestants b/c it’s starting to seem that everyone since Daughtry has been 1 and done at radio. I wonder if the newer contestants pick up on this and if anything can really be done.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Maybe the parent McCreerys visit LA with Scotty McC because they’re nervous traveling to a big city by themselves, but it’s more comfortable when it’s with the adult kiddo who’s seeing a bigger world as part of his career.

    If I were doing a home rehab anywhere near my parents’ hometown, I’d bring Dad along to show him to certain contractors, and I’m over 19. Sometimes one just wants the leverage of “lookie over there, that’s a grown-up, don’t eff with me” before commencing negotiations.

    If Cassetty was taking conflicting orders from different McCreerys, that’s a problem — but it’s partly his problem in how he was managing the client relationship.

  • mmmtx

    Thank you Windmills for a very well-thought out and basically unbiased assessment of what may have happened. I just hope this is all resolved quickly and with no damage to Scotty’s career.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Thank you for this–I agree, I’m sad it didn’t work out because it seemed like both were happy in the beginning. I agree very much with mmmtx, just wanted to add my thanks.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    It makes a lot more sense now. Many got angry with CMA, but I was just confused. So hope they can figure this out soon.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I got a lot of responses to that one. It’s funny, I’ve traveled to many places with my work, but sorry, most people I know avoid NYC and LA. I’ve never been to LA and NYC only once, someone else was in charge. I come from family that avoids cities when we travel to get to the wilderness.

    Now, I didn’t mean to imply that Scotty’s family feels that way at all–just that I could understand that mindset. I actually just think they’re a close family and prefer to travel together.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t think that it’s 19’s responsibility, and I’ve always thought that the alums have been hurt by not having management that is in no way affiliated with 19. A lot of the artists would be doing a lot better if they had good management during the 12 months following their stint on AI. I think that a couple would still have their contracts if they had a professional firm helping to guide them.

  • Chrissie

    MY ty to windmills too ( in spite we don´t always seem to have the same music taste) – and (as I believe in my own gut feeling) I´m sure this whole thing is happened to Scotty´s advantage somehow and will NOT damage his career

  • Eileen99

    You can make a good faith payment to someone with the understanding that the balance is pending dispute resolution. I don’t like that Scotty’s camp didn’t make any payment at all to the manager even though he clearly did work on Scotty’s behalf. You don’t have to take sides in this to recognize that no payment at all is not going to put Scotty in a great light. It’s just not honorable to me; no matter what percentage you think the manager is deserving of, he certainly isn’t deserving of zero.

    And, even if the manager refuses to take a partial payment, Scotty should have put at least the 2% in an escrow account set aside for the manager to show good faith. It appears they did not do this or it would have been included in his response. Not paying anything at this point is inexcusable in my opinion.

    And yes, I understand, thanks.

  • Chrissie

    This discussion is SO interesting to me! It seems to me it all depends on your culture and sub culture . I grew up in Copenhagen (upper middle class) and left home at 17 and lived in London for a little while. That´s what s normal in our culture and that´s why it´s unfamiliar to see a different life in the US and see that parents engage in their 19 y. old children.

  • usedtobelucy

    I think the only thing that might damage his career is having him go on too long without finding some professional management that he’s really happy with. …. And I assume they’re in the process of looking for that.

    I can’t imagine the lawsuit damaging anybody’s career, his or Cassetty’s, no matter what’s said or how it turns out, really, unless one party or the other actually did something heinous, which seems to me quite unlikely. I think everybody understands that you can get into disputes over stuff like this, especially if you’re proceeding without a contract, and that the people on both sides of the non-existent contract were newbies who should have written things down and proceeded with more caution, but didn’t. Can’t imagine that there are many who would find that unforgivable either in a newbie artist or a newbie manager.

  • L. R. M. L.

    I don’t know why people have such an issue with Scotty’s parents going with him on Tour or wherever.

    First let me say that Brad Paisley’s dad is on Tour with him all the time. And so is The Band Perry’s mom. And to my knowledge they are not teenagers.

    Every night, when on Tour Mike and Judy help at the merchandise table (they have somebody working full-time) and they also have the World Vision table to attend.

    They help with the M&G before the show and VIP Experience after the show. What is wrong with parents trying to help out their teenage son get established financially. Judy quit her job and sold her Tanning Salon to do this. From there to say that they are stage parents, that’s a very, very. very long stretch.

    People do assume a lot of things when in fact nobody knows anything for sure of what went on with this transaction. They may have made a major faux pas when they hired Todd Cassidy. If so, they now have to resolve it and move on from there. But I have all the faith in the world that they didn’t do anything that was meant to harm anybody. I am positive of that.

  • vamp111

    That’s different because they are with friends. Scotty would have literally been alone without his friends to hang with.

  • leigh953

    Well Scotty’s parents did not go to Dallas when he played at Six Flags so they don’t always go with him i do seem to see Scotty’s tour Manager with him a lot