OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery: Different but the Same

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Of course, Scotty McCreery's life was turned upside down when he won American Idol. That's a given, and you really have to be ready for that massive change when you first step in front of the judge's table. But fortunately for McCreery, who seems to have a good head on his shoulders, he is still the same guy he was before. "My life has changed, but I think the person I am pretty much stayed the same," he told the M Live website before he played a show in Michigan last week. "I went from being an average teenager working at a grocery store in the country, to playing music every night and doing what I loved. It's been a huge blessing. I learned a lot of things last year about the industry and about myself." He credits good family, good church, good morals and a small hometown with helping him stay grounded. In a couple of weeks, McCreery will be starting his first year of college at North Carolina State University, with most classes on Mondays and Wednesdays so that his Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for touring.

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