"My stage debut was as Baby Jesus when I was first born, in the church musical," reports the million-selling sensation. "Then, in the fifth grade, I was Joseph and sang O Holy Night. That was my first solo. I did the Childrens Choir, went to Youth Choir and participated in all that for the church. We sang Mary Did You Know for Christmas Eve services."
He had no idea then that those first performances were paving the way for a meteoric rise in country music. He recently made his first entry into the Guinness World Records Book for being the youngest male to enter the U.S. album charts at No. 1. In 2011, his debut album, Clear As Day, premiered atop the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies in just three months.
The album garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.
His first two singles were certified gold and he was named New Artist of the Year at
the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards.
In September, he was ranked No. 4 on Billboards list of "21 Under 21: Musics Hottest Minors 2012," which was his second consecutive year to be ranked No. 4 on that prestigious list. Recently, he was among only five musical artists to be included in Varietys Youth Impact Report 2012 that detailed those under age 21 who are driving forces in the entertainment industry.
Making a Christmas album had been a dream of Scottys since he started thinking seriously about a career in music, so he knew right away what he wanted his second album to be. Its no surprise that much of the repertoire for Scottys first holiday collection is drawn from the music of his youth. "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow," for instance, are both drawn from vivid memories.
"The earliest Christmas I can remember I was maybe three or four -- it was snowing outside. Just a little bit, just a little dusting. I came downstairs dressed like I wanted to go outside. Forget about the presents, I want to go see the snow. We dont see much in North Carolina.
"Our one real white Christmas, it snowed a couple of days before Christmas, and we got a lot of it. So we were still having to shovel snow. I was about 15 or 16, old enough to do all that shoveling, but young enough to still get out there, sled around, make a snowman or have a snowball fight."