A Nashville songwriter is stepping away from behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight with original music.
Meet Adam Sanders, a north Florida native whose spent much of his youth with music; playing local fairs, talent shows and town festivals. While spending summers with his dad in Nashville, Adam found himself in and out of studios on Music Row with his uncle and professional musician, Scotty Sanders. It was then that Adam fell in love with the recording process, and the creative side of the music business. He knew this was where he was meant to be. With a plan of moving to Music City following high school graduation, Adam would spend as much time as possible, teaching himself to write songs about the things in life he knew about.
Since moving to Music City, Adam has penned songs for Luke Bryan (“Out Like That”), Cole Swindell (“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” & “Dozen Roses and A Six Pack”), Dierks Bentley (“Sounds of Summer”), Dustin Lynch (“Hell of a Night”) and Scotty McCreery. Sanders also works on original music for himself, with his latest song being “About To.”
“”About To” is a song that I think may catch a few people off guard, which is a good thing in my eyes. It is different from anything I’ve previously released and shows a side of me as an artist and songwriter that fans have yet to see. It is exciting to release a song that flirts with boundaries and exposes another layer of me and my music,” Sanders tells Celeb Secrets Country.
“About To” has been added to the Hot Country playlist on Spotify and is the follow up to Adam’s 2015 release “Thunder“.
Celeb Secrets Country caught up with Sanders to talk about the new song and working on original music. He also opens up about being a songwriter and what’s next for him in the future — check out the full Q&A below.
Adam will be heading out on tour for a string of dates with Eric Paslay, beginning on October 19th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK, and wrapping up on November 6th at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH. Additionally, he will perform a free concert at the University of Nebraska Lincoln – East Campus Mall. For tickets, please visit AdamSandersMusic.com.
Celeb Secrets Country: How did you get started in songwriting?
Adam Sanders: “Back when I was 11 or 12 years old, my uncle (Scotty Sanders), who is a professional Steel Guitar player, gave me a call and suggested that I look into songwriting. He thought writing songs could be my way into the music industry one day. Turns out I fell in love with the process and couldn’t imagine my life without it today.”
Celeb Secrets Country: What is the most rewarding part of being a songwriter and an artist?
Adam Sanders: “I would say as a songwriter, when others in the music industry congratulate you and tell you that they are a fan of a particular song you were apart of would definitely be at the top of the list for me. There’s so many talented people in this business and to sort of have “their seal of approve” is amazing. As an artist, there is no greater feeling in the world to me than having fans engulfed by your music and hearing them sing every word back to you. To see the power of music in each individuals’ eyes is something that is truly special and is what makes this job so rewarding.”
Celeb Secrets Country: What does your songwriting process consist of?
Adam Sanders: Oh boy, every situation is different. Sometimes we might start with a particular idea, or melody, but no two co-writes are the same. I guess that’s what makes songwriting so fun to me. It is like reaching into a hat blind-folded and pulling out a number, you just never know what you’re going to get.
Celeb Secrets Country: How would you describe your sound for someone who hasn’t heard you yet?
Adam Sanders: “Traditional with a flare of modern sounds and arrangements. I’ve always said that I want my music to be able to bridge the gap between tomorrow’s music and 90’s country, which I love so much and grew up on.”
Celeb Secrets Country: Who are some of your musical influences?
Adam Sanders: “Hands down my hero as a kid was Alan Jackson. Without Alan, I’m not sure I would even be in Nashville right now. I would also have to say Kenny Chesney is a guy that I’ve always looked up to and used his career as a blueprint. He’s found ways through the years to stay at the top of his game and is probably most known for his live stadium shows.”
Celeb Secrets Country: Your song, “Thunder,” is a hit on so many stations! What is it like to hear “Thunder” on the radio?
Adam Sanders: “I think anytime you hear a song of yours on the radio its sort of surreal. To me, hearing it just motivates me even more and drives me to work even harder to get to where I know this thing is going.”
Celeb Secrets Country: What is one of the most meaningful songs to you that you have written thus far and why?
Adam Sanders: “A song called “I’ve Been Meaning To Call.” I wrote this song with Josh Kear who also writes for my publishing company Big Yellow Dog and is one that I’m definitely most proud of. When I told Josh the idea I spoke about my relationship that I have with my mom how although we as humans have the best intentions to call our loved ones, a lot of times life gets in the way and we settle for a text or only call when significant things happen in our lives. I reminder tearing up several times during this co-write and trying my best to hide the emotions inside that each line was prying out of me. It must have really struck a chord with Josh also because I could tell he was in the same boat as me. Every reaction that we’ve had to the song so far has ended with misty eyes and is one that I can’t wait for the world to hear.”
Celeb Secrets Country: What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
Adam Sanders: “Hopefully a lot more! Ha, I’m still going to continue to tour and play shows as much as possible and I think we are getting ready to finally release an EP soon as well. I’m just trying to focus on one step up the mountain at a time.”
Celeb Secrets Country: Since we are Celeb Secrets Country, do you have any secrets that you’d like to share with us?
Adam Sanders: “Oh boy, This could end badly…. haha. I may have a couple…I never went to prom in high school. My dad still calls me “Binky” or “Bink” for short, which is a nickname he gave me when I was about 3 years old. Apparently my parents had a hard time getting me to stop sucking a pacifier so at night I would hide them so they couldn’t find my “Binky.””