McCreery says the platinum certification marks a major milestone in his career, “It means the world to me,” he explains. “It’s one of the highest honors you can get with your album and it’s a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans and how great they have been to me this year. 2011 was absolutely an incredible, life-changing year for me. I want to say a huge thanks to the fans for this.”
Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making McCreery the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It has also claimed the highest sales to date of any solo country album released in 2011.
The album’s first single, “I Love You This Big,” has been certified gold. His current single, “The Trouble With Girls,” is approaching gold status as well.
On Thursday (1/12), the singer begins his first country music tour when he joins Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet. The tour, which also features The Band Perry, kicks off in Grand Rapids, MI.
McCreery is well aware of Paisley’s reputation as a great prankster. “The band and I were talking about pranks yesterday in rehearsals. It has to be good pranks, but know-your-place pranks, so we are figuring out what we’ll have in store for Brad. But he has to get us first. We’ll wait!”