Triangle country singer Scotty McCreery will be featured on two cable news networks in the next few days as he prepares to launch his latest single.
McCreery recently gave a tour of Raleigh to CNN reporter Ashley Vaughan and her camera crew for the network’s “Travel Insider.” It first aired Thursday and will be rebroadcast Saturday and Sunday. He’ll also perform in the 8 a.m. hour on Friday’s “Fox & Friends” show on Fox News.
The Garner native and “American Idol” winner was asked by CNN to show Raleigh’s most attractive destinations for tourists.
McCreery, a student at N.C. State, said it was natural that he wanted to show off the university’s campus and stadium. But the camera crew and reporter weren’t very interested. They were looking for more touristy spots, he said.
So McCreery took the news crew to Pullen Park – the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States. He also toured the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and finished the night with a meal at the Angus Barn restaurant.
“It was a whole day of taping for a two-minute segment, but it went really well,” McCreery said in an interview. “They really enjoyed Raleigh. They said it was one of the best segments they’ve done. So it was cool to show them where I’ve come from.”
The two television appearances are part of an effort to promote McCreery’s new single “Southern Belle.” The song, written by Jason Saenz and Sean McConnell, is McCreery’s first single since “Feelin’ It” was released in April 2014.
McCreery said the new single is a different sound, one of the goals he’s been trying to accomplish with his upcoming album, expected in 2016.
“It has a unique melody to it,” McCreery said. “It makes your ears stand up for a little bit when you hear it. I look forward to hearing what the fans have to say.”
“Southern Belle” is expected to be released on iTunes in late August or early September.
▪ He’ll be on “Fox & Friends” between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday.
▪ The CNN “Travel Insider” segment is set to air on Saturday during the noon-1 p.m. period and Sunday during the 8:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. period.