Sunday, 14 September, 2008 1:48 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Adam
by Bo Streeter
recording artist Adam Gregory
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
Technically, Adam Gregory
isn't Adam Gregory's first album. But seeing as how he cut The Way
I'm Made when he was just 13 years old, for distribution only in
his native Canada, it can be asserted that his self-titled Big Machine/NSA/Midas/
Records debut album brings a more seasoned 22-year-old artist to
audiences beyond the borders of his homeland.
That first album earned
the teenager a series of distinctions, including a Prairie Music
Award for Outstanding Country Music Recording, the Canadian Radio
Music Award for Best New Country Artist, Canadian Country Music
Association and Juno Award nominations and performance opportunities
at festivals and venues. He would record three albums for the Canadian
market, each one tracking his development as an expressive singer
and rapidly evolving writer.
Gregory now bows in the
United States with an album that's finely tuned to what communicates
on Country radio. He'd written one track on his first Canadian album;
that number rises to nine co-writes on Adam Gregory, including the
first single "Crazy Days," which he penned with Lee Brice,
Kyle Jacobs and Joe Leathers. But the urgent romanticism and surging
rhythm of that song reflect only one side of his personality; on
the dramatic "Tired" and the intimate "What It Takes
to Be Your Man," he proves he stands strong as a ballad interpreter,
while a self-deprecating humor as well as a knack for skipping between
long notes and tongue-tripping lyrics emerge on the chorus of "Could
I Just Be Me."
It adds up to this: From
looks to voice and all points between, Gregory has what he needs
to make an impact in any territory he targets.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
"'Home,' by Michael Bublé."
WHAT YOU SING IN
"Anything and everything."
"My cross necklace."
FAVORITE FOOD WHILE
"Any kind of pasta."
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
SECRET ABOUT YOU
THAT NO ONE WOULD GUESS
"I don't smoke or drink."
MODE OF TRANSPORATION
WHEN THEY LOOK BACK
ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
"I hope people will say that I followed my dreams and remained
true to myself."
IF YOU WEREN'T A
MUSICAL ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE
"Probably a soccer player or a music producer."
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