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Scotty McCreery dishes about his life in his new book

Scotty McCreery visits Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner

Scotty McCreery performs “ I Love You This Big” with the Timber Singers, members of the fifth grade class under the direction of Beth Palmieri at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, N.C. on Thursday May, 7, 2015.
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Scotty McCreery performs “ I Love You This Big” with the Timber Singers, members of the fifth grade class under the direction of Beth Palmieri at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, N.C. on Thursday May, 7, 2015.

He may be 22, but Scotty McCreery said he’s learned and experienced so much that he decided to write a book.

The country star and “American Idol” Season 10 winner was recently interviewed about the May 3 launch of his new book, “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream,” and why he’s dubbed it a travelogue instead of an autobiography.

Q. What was the catalyst for writing this book?

A. The publisher came to me three years ago wanting to write a book and I said, “I don’t think I’ve done enough. I don’t think I’ve got enough stories to fill the pages. I think I need a little while longer.” Then they brought it up again last year and I felt like we could fill the pages. I’ve been through a lot of highs and I’ve been through a lot of lows and I’ve learned a lot during that time. The timing felt right.

Q. Why do you consider this a travelogue instead of an autobiography?

A. An autobiography hints at the fact that you’ve figured things out, like you’ve been at the peak of where you’re going to go. For me, I’m not there yet. It’s just that perspective on life that most 22-years-olds don’t have. But the places I’ve been, the people I’ve known, the different experiences I’ve had – this is what this travelogue is about.

Q. What do you think people will find most surprising in your book?

A. I’m thinking maybe they’ll be surprised at how competitive I am. I wasn’t just going out there just to sing and have fun. I was going to try to win this thing: Go big or go home. It wasn’t just me out in La-La Land, having a good time. Week to week, I was stratagizing and trying to figure out what the best plan of action was to win this thing.

Q. What was one of the more poignant memories you shared in your book?

A. It’s actually the first time I’ve really talked about the robbery. To me, while it wasn’t a good time, it definitely gave me a new perspective on life and on why we’re here and what we’re doing here on Earth and the fact that it can be taken from you really quickly.

That becomes really clear when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun. It was a defining moment of my life. … I still think about it daily.

Q. What happened?

A. That was two years ago on Cinco de Mayo. It was honestly me and a few boys, maybe four of us, watching “Gladiator” late at night. We’d just come back from Cookout and someone knocked at the door. We thought it was a neighbor but when we opened the door, some guys came storming in with assault rifles and pistols. They told us to get on the ground so we got on the ground. I said, “Brother, you take whatever you want.” ... It was a crazy unexpected night, for sure.

Q. What is the biggest revelation you’ve had about yourself while writing this book?

A. I find that there are two sides of what I do: There’s the music and then there’s the business. I’ve always been much more concerned with the music but I’m finding that I really can run a big business. I’ve got a lot of employees and their families depending on me to make a living. During this time, I’ve had to take a much bigger leadership role on the business side and I’m finding I kind of enjoy it.

Q. If your book had a moral or one huge takeaway, what would it be?

A. Give it everything you’ve got in life and use what you’ve learned in life. Remember where you come from and how you were raised and put it in your daily life. But don’t do anything halfway.

Like the title says, go big or go home. ...Whatever you’re doing, give it your all.

Scotty McCreery performs “ I Love You This Big” with the Timber Singers, members of the fifth grade class under the direction of Beth Palmieri at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, N.C. on Thursday May, 7, 2015.

Book signing

As part of his 14-city book tour, McCreery will stop by the Charlotte area in for a book signing.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 13.

Where: Books-A-Million at Concord Mills, 8301 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

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