ELIZABETH CITY, NC – In 2011, Garner, N.C. native Scotty McCreery became the youngest male and first country music singer to win on the hit TV series, American Idol. The outfit McCreery wore during his final duet with Tim McGraw will be among objects displayed in a free exhibit opening on Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
America fell in love with the rich bass and genuine charm of McCreery as nearly 39 million viewers tuned in to hear the 2011 season winner announced. McCreery graduated from West Lake Magnate High School in Garner, where he sang in a vocal ensemble and played on the baseball team. Now a student at N.C. State University, McCreery still maintains an active performance schedule.
The exhibit will run through June, and includes the sheet music to “Live Like You Were Dying,” which McCreery sang with Tim McGraw, the gold record from his album, Clear As Day, and a backstage pass used by his mother. Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Jeffrey’s Greenworld & Florist and Bojangles are sponsors of the exhibit. The exhibit comes from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
For more information call (252) 335-1453. The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC, and is part of the Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
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