Scotty McCreery

American Idol’s Scotty McCreery will appear at Clark State Performing Arts Center

Scotty McCreery, one of country music’s hottest new stars, will appear in concert at The Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Kuss Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

McCreery became a national sensation in 2011 at the age of 17 after winning Season 10 of “American Idol.” Five months later, he released his debut album, “Clear As Day,” which became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011 and made him the youngest man in history to have his first album top the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. His album sales now top 1.6 million.

“Although Scotty is no longer associated with American Idol, he is the fourth American Idol we have presented,” said Stuart Secttor, executive director of Clark State’s Performing Arts Center. “It is special to present Scotty because he has his own solo country music career going and has a recently released single that is doing very well.”

Singer Abigail Rose will open the show.

Tickets for the concert, priced from $20 to $59, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 in person and by phone and online at noon. To order: call (937) 328-3874 or toll free, 1-866-PAC-TKTS. The website is pac.clarkstate.edu and the venue is located at 300 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield.

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