Scotty McCreery Talks New Single 'Southern Belle' And New Album

(Radio.com) Scotty McCreery's fans are patiently waiting for his next album, the follow-up to 2013's See You Tonight. And they recently got their first taste of the album via "Southern Belle," his latest single.

Radio.com recently spoke to McCreery about his new song and upcoming album. "If we're looking at my records, 'Southern Belle' is unique sounding," he says.

"But the overall sound of the record, it's taken a step back towards that country, like the Ryman and all that stuff. It's not traditional like Haggard or Jones. Even though I love those guys."

While "Southern Belle" was written for him by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz, he says that he's looking to write and co-write some songs for his next album. "For me, nobody knows what I'm trying to say, as an artist and as a person, more than me."

And, he reports that he's been collaborating with some of Nashville's most talented writers. "I've been lucky enough to sit down with some of Nashville's best, and explain my thoughts for this record. Honestly, there's been a lot of encouragement from the label. 'Let's see what you've got. We'll listen to other songs as well, but as a writer, it'd be interesting to see what's inside your head.' Luckily, they've liked four of the five that we've chosen so far. So I'm pumped for that, and pumped for the fans to hear what's going on up here [points to his head]."

He continues, "I'm writing with guys who are the newest of the new, guys who are writing Luke Bryan's hits. [But also] Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin who have written songs for Hall of Famers, like Randy Travis. We're trying out different things, but for me: I'm an old soul. So I'm going back a little bit towards that." Read more here.

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