American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina have set October release dates for their first full-length studio albums. McCreery will release Clear as Day on Oct. 4, a week before the Oct. 11 arrival of Alaina’s Wildflower.
McCreery and Alaina, finalists in season 10 of American Idol, performed Friday (Aug. 12) on ABC’s Good Morning America, where they publicly announced the release dates for their projects for Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope.
McCreery’s current single, “I Love You This Big,” has already climbed to No. 17 on Billboard’s country songs chart. Clear as Day was produced by Mark Bright, whose credits include projects with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and others. The title track was written by Casey Beathard, Phil O’Donnell and Adam Wheeler.
Alaina’s album includes her current single, “Like My Mother Does.” Her album title was inspired by “She’s a Wildflower,” written by Hillary Lindsey, Steven McEwan and Gordie Simpson. Wildflower was produced by Byron Gallimore, who has worked extensively with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, among others.
In addition to sessions in Nashville, McCreery and Alaina recorded tracks at studios throughout the U.S. because of their schedule on the ongoing American Idols Live tour.
Describing Clear as Day, McCreery said, “It has some old country influences and elements, but it also has a contemporary feel with fun up-tempo songs. It’s a good mixture. You can hear some of the influences that I grew up with, like Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, but it still has a contemporary twist and feel that keeps it up to date.”
Alaina adopted a similar approach for Wildflower.
“I feel like it has a flavor for everybody,” she said. “It’s a mixture of all different songs, so I hope it will appeal to all different kinds of people. There are fast songs for people who like up-tempos that you can dance to, and there are also tearjerkers for people who like slower ballads. I tried to get songs that are all a little different so that we could bring a fresh feel to each and every song.”
The American Idols Live tour continues this weekend in New Jersey with stops Saturday (Aug. 13) in Atlantic City and Sunday and Monday in Newark.