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Country Music Star Scotty McCreery Set to Publish Debut Book
with Zondervan

Go Big or Go Home to Release May 3, 2016

Jennifer VerHage
tel: 616-698-3331
web: jennifer.verhage@

Scott Stem
Essential Broadcast Media
tel: 615-327-3259

Grand Rapids, Mich., October 8, 2015 — Country music sensation Scotty McCreery will be releasing his debut title Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream on May 3, 2016 with Zondervan

Go Big or Go Home narrates McCreery’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million across America tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. Now on the eve of his 22nd birthday (Oct. 9) as he completes his eagerly awaited fourth album, McCreery shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humble guy who keeps asking “why me?” This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and moving on to launch the musical career he had always dreamt about.

“God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” says McCreery. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and loved. ‘Why not?’”
McCreery captured the hearts of millions of viewers nationwide after winning Season Ten of “American Idol” in 2011 at the age of 17. Subsequently, the talented vocalist released his debut break-out album, Clear As Day, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. He also became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications. He has earned three Platinum singles (“I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls” and the Top Ten hit “See You Tonight”) and one Gold single (the Top Ten hit “Feelin’ It”). McCreery earned the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2011; CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (for “The Trouble With Girls”) in 2012; and two American Country Awards: New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013.
McCreery toured with Rascal Flatts as the Special Guest on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer in addition to performing solo dates throughout the year. In-between concerts, he has been writing and recording songs for his highly anticipated new studio album, due out in 2016. The first single from the album, “Southern Belle” can be heard on country radio now and can be previewed and purchased online at
Go Big or Go Home was acquired by John Sloan, senior executive editor for Zondervan. Margaret Riley King of WME Entertainment serves as McCreery’s literary agent.

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22 years old, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views…and he’s just getting started!

Scotty McCreery will be available for interviews.

Please contact Jennifer VerHage at or 616-698-3331.

Book Details

Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream
By Scotty McCreery with Travis Thrasher
ON SALE: May 3, 2016
Available for pre-orders November 15, 2015
$24.99 hardcover
ISBN: 9780310345220


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