Breakout country star Scotty McCreery announced that he's in the studio working on his next album in a post to Twitter Monday morning. "Back in the studio today! Im so pumped about this!" the singer tweeted just before 11AM.

The 2011 'American Idol' winner's debut album, 'Clear as Day,' went platinum and and scored two Top 20 hits, but he's made it clear that he intends to try to push himself in new directions on his sophomore effort. McCreery has been writing some of his own songs for the next album, working with some of Nashville's top writers.

“I was never a huge writer growing up, but it’s definitely growing,” McCreery told Taste of Country a few weeks ago. “I think now, getting a chance to be around those guys, it’s starting to develop.”

The young star, who's currently on tour with Brad Paisley, has been working on songs while on the road. "It's been great -- we've had a writer's bus come out and follow us on the road sometimes, and I've kind of gone back and forth from there and just writing some tunes, and writing some of my own back home," McCreery told On The Red Carpet. "So we'll see what I'll get on there, and how many - I don't know. But it's kind of fun -- it's more creative and more unique for me that way."

Of course, that's not the only thing on the singer's plate these days. The recent high school graduate will head off to college in the fall, but he makes it clear that he'll continue with music. “Oh, of course – this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” he said in an interview in June.

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