Scotty McCreery will celebrate his 19th birthday from his new home at North Carolina State University on Oct. 9, 2012. He's been successfully balancing his studies with tour dates across the country, although he'll be able to play two shows close to home in mid-October, when he's scheduled to play the North Carolina State Fair.

McCreery will have to work hard to top a year that included the release of his debut album and a tour with Brad Paisley. A new Christmas album called 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery' will be in stores on Oct. 16.