Lots of talent in the Triangle

Posted on 10/12/11 No Comments


The Scotty McCreery story is pretty well known to just about everyone in the Triangle. Those who don’t know who he is probably just don’t own a television. And most likely, they don’t own a radio either.

Upon further review, we thought it was worthwhile to note that Scotty’s success is endemic to the Triangle. So many talented people hail from this great area that we like to believe it has something to do with the countless artistic, athletic and academic resources so readily available to families throughout our cities and towns.

For example, did you know that “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall is from Raleigh? As is actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Josh Hamilton, star center-fielder for the Texas Rangers, currently playing in the American League Championship Series, also grew up here.

Yes, many cities in America can provide a list of well-recognized, home-grown celebrities. However, many of those cities are substantially larger than the total sum of the Triangle’s towns and have ¬†little of the same “small town” appeal that helps make our region the country’s best place to live.

Well, since this post started out about American Idol winner and now Billboard #1 recording artist Scotty McCreery, it’s worth mentioning the number of records he now holds as a result of his album release. According to the News & Observer …

  • “Clear As Day” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to figures released today. First week sales of the album totaled 196,739.
  • He is the youngest male artist in history to reach No. 1 with a debut release. (Previous record-holder was Omarion, who was 20 when his debut “O” opened at No. 1 in 2005. Scotty just turned 18 on Sunday.)
  • He is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with his first studio album.
  • Scotty is the first “American Idol” winner in eight years to have a debut album top the Billboard 200.
  • He is the first country male singer from “Idol” to land atop the charts.
  • He also holds the second-highest debut week for a new artist in any music genre this year. (Only rapper J. Cole was higher.)

So like we said, in the Triangle, talent abounds.

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