Scotty McCreery shoots music video with 'my people, my friends'

Posted October 4, 2011 5:00 p.m. EDT
Updated October 4, 2011 10:18 p.m. EDT

— For his second music video, "The Trouble With Girls," "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery decided to film with friends instead of actors and use his high school instead of a sound stage.

"We had a lot of options of where to choose, and I said, 'Why don't we just go to Garner and shoot with my people and my friends and people I've known all these years?'" he said.

McCreery, his friends and a production team spent 12 hours Saturday shooting the video at Garner Magnet High School. They moved throughout the school, shooting in a science classroom, the cafeteria and on the baseball field.

Director Roman White wanted to end the day on the baseball field – a special place for McCreery, who has played there.

"I thought it would be cool to do a big performance in this place he really cares about," White said.

The challenge for McCreery was making it look real.

"For the most part, you can tell you're lip-synching," he said. "There's playback music playing while I'm doing it, but you have to sing so it looks real in the video."

White has directed hundreds of videos and said his goal at the school was to keep the mood light.

"We've had a lot of fun. Everybody in the school has been amazing. I mean, everybody in Garner has been incredible," he said.

McCreery's first album, "Clear as Day," was released Tuesday, and he'll be in Raleigh on Saturday to celebrate.

The day before his 18th birthday, he'll give a concert at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, starting at 11 a.m.

Fans who bring a copy of "Clear as Day" to the concert will be admitted free, along with a guest. Check out WRAL's Facebook page for a chance to win tickets.

McCreery also donated 1,100 tickets to 11 North Carolina nonprofits, including children's hospitals, the Special Olympics, Garner Senior Center, Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading, Community of Hope at First Baptist Garner and Garner baseball.