Scotty McCreery emerged victoriously and was crowned as the American Idol Season 10 on May 25, 2011. He had been a consistent contestant since the start of the season impressing the judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler. Moreover, McCreery is one of the few winners of AI to have gone on country music. Notching the championship title is, of course, no easy task. But with the great help of his finale song, McCreery stood out during that night. His song, “I Love You This Big“, proved that country music is just as tasty and appealing as the other forms of music.
About the Song
“I Love You This Big” was the hit that changed Scotty McCreery’s life. Most noteworthy, it was his debut at the same time coronation song on the Season 10 of American Idol. The song was actually penned by singer-songwriters Brett James, Ester Dean, Jay Smith, and Ronnie Jackson. On the other hand, American country music producer and songwriter Mark Bright produced the song under the Mercury Nashville/19 Records. It was then officially released on May 25, 2011, after McCreery’s performance the day before on AI. In addition, it became his first single from his debut album, Clear as Day.
Upon its release, “I Love You This Big” immediately penetrated the music charts. In fact, it became the highest debut of any new country artist since Neilsen’s inception on January 20, 1990. Moreover, the song debuted at no. 32 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It then peaked at no. 15 on the said chart. Meanwhile, it reached no. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and notched the 21st spot on the Canadian Hot 100.
Furthermore, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified “I Love You This Big” platinum selling over 915,000 copies.
The Music Video
After the song has been released, producers including Scotty McCreery have come up with an idea of its music video. In an interview, McCreery shared the idea about the creation of the video. He described the making as:
“This is going to be kind of a nice little chill, summertime barbecue, kind of like a community thing on the Fourth of July.”
The video was out on CMT three months after the song’s release. It starts with McCreery and his band preparing in daylight for a Fourth of July party that will happen later in the evening. People then begin showing up to the party and setting up waiting for the concert. That night, McCreery sings with his band dedicating the song to all those who’ve supported him all the way. In addition, McCreery’s mother is featured in the video.
With his fresh win, Scotty’s spot in the industry is not stable. However, his emergence as a budding artist was quite popular. He actually confessed why the song proved so successful for him. He said:
“It was perfect for the ‘American Idol’ moment onstage because it could relate to my family or it could relate to my fans out there who got me through the whole American Idol journey. We thought it would do pretty good at country radio, too, and we’d give it a shot, and it did just that. It will always be special to me because it’s my first song. Once I started singing it in front of crowds, it took on a new life. I would look up and their arms would be spread open wide when I’d sing ‘I Love You This Big.’ It was just a cool thing to see. It always puts a grin on my face when I look out there and see their arms open wide and see a husband and wife looking at each other with their arms opened wide.”
Watch Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big” music video below.
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