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Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music's hottest new stars. By age 21, the talented singer/songwriter has sold nearly 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views...and he's just getting started!
His deep voice and irresistible sound create the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 300 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines and the Caribbean, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans - the McCreerians - are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.
After winning Season Ten of "American Idol" and capturing the hearts of millions of television viewers nationwide, McCreery released his debut album, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
That album, Clear As Day, was certified Platinum for sales of one million units in just thirteen weeks, and the first two singles from that album ("I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls") have since been certified Platinum. He won the New Artist of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards in 2011, and received the CMT Music Award for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for "The Trouble with Girls" in 2012. That same year, his Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified Gold.
His highly anticipated sophomore album, See You Tonight, was released in October 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. He co-wrote five songs on the album, including the first single, "See You Tonight," which was certified Platinum and became his first Top Ten hit. The music video for "See You Tonight" spent an impressive 11 weeks at No. 1 on GAC's fan-voted "Top 20 Countdown." The album received rave reviews from publications ranging from Rolling Stone and People to "Entertainment Tonight" and The Los Angeles Times. Soon after its release, he won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2013 American Country Awards. A month after turning 21 in 2014, McCreery was voted No. 2 on "Country's Sexiest Men Poll" by the readers of Country Weekly while also becoming a frequent fixture on many "Best Dressed" lists for his Red Carpet appearances. Before the year ended, his single, the fan-favorite "Feelin' It," became his second consecutive Top Ten hit.
When he steps off the stage, McCreery returns to being a typical "guy next door." After winning "American Idol," the gifted performer graduated from his local high school and later enrolled at North Carolina State University. An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, he can be found at Wolfpack basketball games, attending the Super Bowl, or playing golf around the country as he tours. A proponent of giving back, McCreery has supported a host of charitable causes including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The 12.14 Foundation, World Vision, MLB RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), The Opry Trust Fund, and a variety of organizations in his native North Carolina.
State Line Drive
Micah Marrs has been singing with his twin brother Mason from the time they could talk. When he was 11 years old, his parents gave him his first guitar for Christmas. A few months later the Marrs brothers started playing for tips as street performers around Kansas City. Their street corner performances soon led to invitations to play at church services, charity events and parties. Before making the switch to country music, the Marrs brothers traveled across the country leading worship for youth ministry events. When not on the road with State Line Drive, they still enjoy leading worship for their church youth group, as well as Sunday morning services at churches around town. Most of the time Micah has a guitar in hands, but he does sit down at the piano from time to time, especially when writing new music.
Mason Marrs and his brother argued about who would be the drummer when they first talked about starting a band. Mason won out, and started playing the drums when he was 11. While Mason spends the majority of his time behind the kit, or on the cajon, he also dabbles a bit with guitar, mandolin and keys. When they aren't performing with State Line Drive, you will find the Marrs brothers running at a local park or working out in the gym. They also enjoy hanging out with friends at local restaurants or playing disk golf. When they aren't playing country music, they are listening to it. They are true country music fans, drawing a lot of inspiration from artists like Rascal Flatts, Dan and Shay, Jason Aldean and Hunter Hayes.
Joel Mills and his younger brother Jordan have been around music all of their lives. They both started playing music when they were four years old. Their father ran a music studio, so they were always around great musicians who inspired them. The Mills and Marrs brothers first connected when Mason and Micah recorded their first project at that studio. Like the Marrs brothers, the Mills boys had also been playing in church and other venues up to that point. Once the four guys discovered the potential in the mix of their talents and the blend of their harmonies, State Line Drive was born. When Joel is on stage with State Line Drive, you'll find him behind the keyboard or playing guitar. Joel continues to lead worship in church when he isn't on the road with State Line Drive. Joel is the oldest member of the band, and is about to finish his senior year of high school. He also played percussion in the marching band, and currently plays keys in jazz band. Joel appreciates a wide variety of musical styles ranging from folk, country, jazz, R & B and rock. He enjoys gospel music the most.
Jordan Mills started out playing piano, but soon switched to guitar. He plays lead guitar for State Line Drive, as well as banjo from time to time. When he isn't on stage with State Line Drive, he usually still has a guitar in his hands. He is either practicing, doing session work in his dad's studio or playing in the worship band at his church. Jordan is the youngest member of State Line Drive, and is currently a sophomore in high school. He also plays saxophone in the marching band, and guitar in jazz band. He draws inspiration from a variety of musicians, including his friends, Dan Weller and Tyler Chiarelli, who play for Florida Georgia Line, as well as great guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughen, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. He is also a big fan of John Mayer and the Steve Miller Band. When Jordan isn't on the road with State Line Drive he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jacob Filer cannot remember a time in his life that he hasn't played music. He comes from a very musical family, so he comes by it naturally. He started out playing the piano, but has branched out into several other instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele and drums. The majority of the time he plays bass for State Line Drive, but does move to the keys from time to time. Before joining State Line Drive, Jacob played in church, with his dad and in a few different local bands. Jacob met the Marrs brothers a few years ago when their two different bands played at a local festival. Jacob joined them from time to time over the years, and become the missing piece in State Line Drive shortly after the band was formed. When he isn't performing on stage, he is in the studio developing his skills as an audio engineer. He hopes to pursue a career in music production. Jacob appreciates a wide variety of musical style, drawing inspiration from artists such as Oscar Peterson, Billy Joel, Hans Zimmer, Keith Urban, Jerry Flowers, Victor Wooton, Benton Stokes and Jay DeMarcus.