It's been a big week for 20-year-old American Idol alum Scotty McCreery, whose new album hit stores Tuesday (Oct. 15). Although he released a holiday album last year, See You Tonight is the follow-up to his first album Clear as Day, and the singer says a great deal has changed since his country debut.
"There's a new level of confidence we've got on this record," McCreery told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. "And that comes from the amount of time we had and the amount of time I got to be an artist on this record, whether it was writing songs or just being involved in the production of it.
"So I'm just extremely pumped to get this out there for everybody to hear. We've taken a big step from where we were and, you know, I've grown up."
Despite being a young artist who began his career through a very modern platform, McCreery says the course of this album stayed true to a more traditional sound.
"I'm an old soul," he said. "I kind of have that traditional country in me, but we still want to have fun with it. We still want to keep it contemporary and current. So I think we got that mix just about right. I think we got it nice and zoned in on the record."
As an added bonus, McCreery says his new music gives fans a whole new concert experience.
"We're kind of revamping the whole show," he said. "Last year, I only had one record to choose from, so I had a lot of covers. Now I get to do a lot more of my stuff, which is something I'm looking forward to doing."
For more, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 19-20) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.