Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American singer from Garner, North Carolina who won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. McCreery was born in 1993 to Judy and Michael McCreery in Garner, North Carolina. His mother works as a realtor. His father was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother from San Juan and a white American father. He used to impersonate Elvis as a child, and started learning guitar at age ten. He attended West Lake Middle School and sang at his graduation. He also attended Garner Magnet High School where he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing tenor but switched to bass when his voice turned lower in his sophomore year. He won a singing contest called "Clayton Idol" at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina and was one of 36 finalists in a "Rip the Hallways" contest featuring teenage vocalists in North Carolina. He has performed at various local events.