As a youngster, Scotty McCreery was an oddball, and that persona has brought him a long way.
In fact, it led him to the Grand Ole Opry stage.
On Feb. 2, 2013, Scotty took to the Opry to highlight a distinct memory from his past.
“When I was a kid growing up, I was the weird one in school,” he said. “The rest of my friends and everybody back in elementary school, they were all singing Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. That wasn’t me.”
He then praises country legends – Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, but it’s one specific rock icon who Scotty says he loved the most.
“One of the biggest guys I listened to growing up, and the guy that probably had the biggest influence to me, was the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Mr. Elvis Presley, and I didn’t want to come here tonight without singing y’all an Elvis song” he said.
Channeling the King’s 1954 “That’s All Right (Mama),” Scotty borrows some of Elvis’ tricks. He nurses the microphone matching some of his vocal characteristics, but Scotty doesn’t forget to add his own style. In fact, he incorporates a bit of scat into the mix.
This wasn’t the first time Scotty performed the song. Along with a string of performances during live shows, he sang “That’s All Right (Mama)” on a 2011 episode of “American Idol.” That same year he took the crown.