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Q&A With Neal McCoy

Neal talks marriage, ladies’ shoes and being mistaken for someone else.

Neal McCoy is a busy man. He not only keeps busy with his touring schedule, but he also finds time to head overseas on frequent USO tours. Country Weekly sat down with the energetic singer to find out the secret to a happy marriage, the weirdest thing he's ever eaten and how he feels about selling ladies' shoes.

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage? 
I don’t know that there is one secret, I think it’s just a give-and-take kind of thing. You have to choose your battles. You can’t just fight over everything. Once you’re married a little while, you kind of figure it out. Who cares if you’re not putting the lid on the toothpaste? It doesn’t matter. I think you just figure that out, and the longer you stay together, I think the little things—you just don’t pay as much attention to them. In my business it’s the spouse that deserves all the credit if a marriage stays together.

What is the oldest thing in your home refrigerator right now? 
The top of my daughter’s wedding cake. It’s been there three years. We were supposed to give it back to them but they found it more convenient to have it be in our freezer. Nobody wants to eat that after three years! I wouldn’t want to eat it after one year!

What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? 
My mom is from the Philippines so she still cooks Filipino food. They have some great food, but there is one that is really nasty and terrible and stinky and it’s called bagoong [made from fermented fish]. Mom had me try it one time and I took a bite and that’s all I could eat of it. It smells terrible and it is terrible. It’s something they put underground and it’s almost rotted.

How did you survive early on in your career selling ladies' shoes? 
Oh my gosh, that is a tough job! Women are tough! You can’t make up your mind. I was working strictly on commission and it was so frustrating to spend an hour with somebody and show them numerous shoes and purses and all the stuff that goes with it and for them to say, ‘You know what? I think I’ll come back.’ That’s a dead giveaway they’re not coming back. When they say that, you’d like to just jump on them and choke them, but every once in a while somebody does come back.

Have you ever been mistaken for another country star? 
I have, and for a long time we were mistaken for each other—Mark Collie. In the '90s, when we were having some things played at radio, I never saw the resemblance but a lot of people did. They would come up to me all the time and ask if I was Mark Collie. They asked him so much if he was Neal McCoy that he started signing "Neal McCoy" for them. It might have been our hair, but I’m not sure. I’ve also been mistaken for Tiger Woods and I always accept that as a compliment as he’s 20 years younger. Every once in a while I get, and it could be a joke, but they tell me I look like President Obama. I don’t see that one, though.


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