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At 26 years old, it might seem strange to think of Country singer Adam Gregory as a seasoned veteran in the entertainment business, but the soft-spoken Canadian from Edmonton, Alberta, has spent more than half his life making positive, heartfelt Country music at a professional level. Signed to his first record deal with Sony Music Canada at only 13, Adam went into the recording studio and unknowingly embarked on a career that would propel him to success not only in his native Canada, but also the United States.
In 2000, Adam officially released his debut album, The Way I’m Made. The release earned him a Gold Record in Canada and led to a pair of nominations at the Juno Awards for “Best Country Male Artist” and “Best New Solo Artist.” It also set the tables for a string of Top 10 hits on the Canadian Country music charts, beginning with the album’s first single, “Horseshoes.”
As it turned out, Adam’s career took off so quickly that no sooner had he learned to drive than the musical teen prodigy was opening shows for the likes of Alan Jackson, Keith Urban and Lonestar.
“I was touring pretty heavily through junior high and high school,” remembers Adam. “I'd take my homework on the road and then stand by the stage every night and sing every word to those artists’ songs. It was a great way to pick up a few pointers that I still remember and use today.”
By the time he was 21, Adam had released three critically acclaimed albums (The Way I’m Made, Workin’ On It and Adam Gregory), garnered four Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award nominations and emerged as a bona fide star in Canada. With nearly a decade of touring and recording under his belt, the ambitious young singer decided the time was right to relocate to the Country music capital of the world - Nashville, Tennessee.
Adam made the permanent move to Music City in 2006, releasing his debut U.S. single, “Crazy Days,” in 2008. The song proved to be a Top 40 success on the national radio charts and established Adam as one of the up-and-coming new artists to watch on the Country scene. The sudden success of “Crazy Days” grabbed the attention of prominent Nashville label Big Machine Records, which signed the rising star to a distribution deal that same year.
Adam’s follow up US single, “What It Takes,” was another solid chart success and spawned the singer’s first chance to star in a major motion picture. That opportunity came in 2009, when Adam accepted a role alongside John Schneider in the inspirational film, “WWJD” (“What Would Jesus Do?”), released in the U.S. in 2010.
Although Big Machine went on to release Adam’s Crazy Days album in conjunction with Open Road Recordings in Canada, a U.S. release never happened, and Adam left the label to focus on his songwriting and complete a series of tour commitments in his native Canada. Since then, Adam has focused on his songwriting and recently recorded a newer, more personal batch of songs.
Working for the last year with producer Mark Moffatt, whose credits include international country music successes; Adam’s new material reflects a more mature, earnest subject matter. Appropriately titled Different Places, Adam’s latest project has left him optimistic and genuinely excited about the future, he says.
“Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a family guy first and foremost,” he says. “The music on this record reflects who I am and where I am in my life. It’s positive and refreshing.”
“It’s funny,” he continues, “music can be very influential; it’s with people through the best of times and heals people through the worst of times. I’m really so thankful that I’m able to do this for a living!”
Different Places is due out in the U.S. and Canada in early spring 2012. Visit www.AdamGregory.com for more information.
September 5, 2008
January 10, 2012
Buffalo and Tulsa
Fri 9/26/2008 10:10AM
September 25th and 26th, 2008
Yesterday the band and I flew from Buffalo, NY to Tulsa, OK on the earliest flight imaginable. We went straight to the venue, where we were getting ready to do two shows for KVOO. It was a pre and post concert show in the parking lot for the Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift concert. After my pre show was done, Shelly and I walked over to the BOK center and were given backstage passes to watch the show. It was cool because we were able to chat with Taylor and her mom backstage. They were very nice, down to earth people. Taylor put on a very high energy show. We ended up staying a little while into the Rascal Flatts show and then headed back to the parking lot to get ready for the post show. There was not alot of people around before we went on, but once we started playing and got heard, more and more people started to crowd around. After the show, I signed some autographs and headed back to the bus. The bus took us to the hotel and I went up to my room and was lucky to get a few hours of sleep.
Today, I woke up really early and headed to the the Kansas City airport. I am here now and getting ready to board our flight back to Nashville. As soon as we get home, I'm gonna take a shower and get ready for a taping with CMT Canada. We're gonna sing 5 songs for the taping and probably do some brief interview-type stuff. After that, we will have the rest of the day off to get some much needed rest. I hope that ya'll are doing well and I will talk to you again soon. God Bless!
Bust past few days...
Mon 9/22/2008 10:01AM
Hey everyone, it sure has been a busy past few days.
In my last journal, I had mentioned that the band and I were heading on the bus to Jacksonville, FL. We had a show at the Landing, which is located along the northbank of the St. Johns River. It was beautiful! We entertained a crowd of about 7 thousand people. We did a 45-minute set to a very energized crowd. It was really great! I would say the only downfall of the evening was the fact that we got so much rain. Things started to flood over, including our band gear. After the show, we all spent time drying off our guitars and foot pedals. It wasn't exactly a pretty scene.
From there, we all headed back to the hotel and parked the bus in the hotel parking lot. Big Dave, our bus driver, stayed in a room at the hotel while the rest of us stayed on the bus. It made more sense for us to do this because we had a 5:30 a.m. departure the next morning to go from the hotel to the airport. The next morning, we hopped on a Southwest plane to Las Vegas. Yes, the city of lights… We all love going there! I do not gamble… I just really enjoy walking the Las Vegas strip and seeing all the lights and amazing hotels.
Yesterday, the band and I did a show at the Las Vegas Speedway. It was my first time being at a track like that. We played in the center garage part of the track, where they had a stage set up and everything. After the show, we waited for the Limo to come and get us to take us back to the hotel. This wasn't any ordinary kind of limo though, no, it was a 30-sum foot truck limo. The driver said it was like 1 of 20 in the entire world. We all had the rest of the evening off and some of us I'm sure went to gamble and have fun, but I on the other hand was wiped out and decided to go back to the room and chill.
That brings us to today. I just woke up like an hour ago and we have the day off. I think we're gonna go race dune buggies in the desert sand and you never know, maybe even go catch a Vegas show this evening. Other than that, that's what we've been up to the last few days. Take care guys and I'll be in touch. God Bless!
Mon 9/8/2008 8:01AM
This morning Barry and I left Colorado Springs and are now in Winnipeg, Canada for the CCMA Awards that will be broadcast on Monday.
I had kind of a funny moment this morning on our first flight. Anyone that has flown with me would tell you that I am out sleeping for the entire flight, sometimes even before the plane takes off. lol. So, here I was asleep as we were taking off thinking I was going to get a nice little rest in…but no, I was awakened 18 minutes later as we hit ground. I asked Barry what happened, did we have to turn the plane around or something? He said no, we touched down in Denver. I didn't realize that it was only like an 18-minute flight from Colorado Springs to Denver. I knew it was close, but didn’t realize how close…I guess you learn something new everyday, lol.
Now Barry and I are in Winnipeg, Canada and Mary who works with Ron Kitchener picked us up from the airport when we arrived at 1:30 p.m. She helped us get settled into our hotel downtown. We had a little time to kill, so I had a shower and ironed my clothes. We got picked up at 5:30 p.m. to go to a Universal showcase at Cowboys! There were a bunch of artists performing there and I was given the opportunity to sing a song too. All in all, it was a great evening of mingling and meeting new people! I'm back at the hotel now getting ready for bed, because I have dress rehearsal tomorrow for the award show happening Monday. Goodnight and God Bless!
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