Adam Cressman: Livin' the Dream
by: Jeff Hightower
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Back to the nest...
â€œCourage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.â€� â€“ John Wayne So with every bit of energy he has, Adam Cressman stands in front of endless crowds and saddles up to give a little piece of himself to every person who comes to see him. Adam lives by the steadfast rule: â€œIf I can make one person smile during my show I've done my job.â€� To him, the time he is on stage is the time others can put away the hassles of the daily grind and for that period of time, free themselves from the riggers of everyday life and take time to enjoy the moment. Born the youngest of 6 into a family of music, Adam started singing with his parentâ€™s band at age 5 and toured with them until age 12. Together with his brother, they formed a band that has opened for country acts like Steve Azar, Lorrie Morgan, and Jo Dee Mesina. In January of 2008, Adam made the decision to make or break himself in music, and took up from his friends and family, and moved stakes to Nashville to pursue his music dream. â€œWith God's Blessings I hope to do this as long as possible and as much as possible.â€� â€“ Adam Cressman HM - What got you into music in the first place? AC - My parents started a family country band when I was 4 years old, and they forced me on stage to sing at age 5. My mother had a top 10 in Canada so we toured the east coast by the time I was 10 and becoming a comedy show band. I got into a band w/ my brother at age 16-20 and went off on my own at age 22. HM - Who were your main influences that help develop the artist you are today? AC - My main influences are Garth Brooks, my brother, & Blake Shelton. No one can entertain like Garth. He opened my mind to not only giving the Crowd a great sound but a great energetic show to watch at the same time. My brother has helped me find my voice and help me to write better. I saw Blake Shelton a few times in concert and after every show I felt like I was his best friend w/o ever meeting him and to come across like that on stage is exactly what Iâ€™m trying to do. HM - What is your main goal in the music industry? AC - My main goal in this industry is to entertain and help people forget about their problems or worries for the duration of my show. I hope I can write a song that impacts someone so much that it helps them find their way, or gets them through a tuff situation that they feel alone in. HM - What drives you to be the artist you are today? AC - The thing that drives me to be the artist I am today is that there are no more Garth Brooks style entertainers and I want to wow people w/ great songs but also high energy on stage that leaves people saying.......â€�OH MY GOSH DID HE JUST DO THAT?â€� HM - Of all the things youâ€™ve done and seen, what is the most important lesson you take out of your experiences? AC - I remember playing countless fairs and carnivals w/ my family and having people come up to me and tell me thank you.... b/c they experienced a death or their whole world was upside down.....they told me they havenâ€™t been out of the house for months and seeing our show made them laugh and have a good time, which hasnâ€™t happened for months. And thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m in this for. To reach the people that have lost hope or are just going through a hard time and need a little excitement or encouragement and to give a little hope to someone is the best feeling EVER! HM - What is more important to you, the notoriety and accolades or the pride and passion of music? AC - I would say pride and passion are most important to me b/c w/o passion in what your doing it ainâ€™t worth doing. And if youâ€™re doing something that can affect sooooo many you better have pride in what youâ€™re doing. HM - In your own words, define the perfect music/song to you. AC - The perfect music/song to me is a song that makes you jam. One that makes you happy but brings a tear to your eye b/c someone is saying EXACTLY how you feel. A song that gets you through a hard time with a smile. HM - Who have you worked with, or are looking forward to working with the most over the course of your career? AC - Over my years in the business, which technically, I guess would be 20 yrs, I've worked w/ Mark Olivarious from Lorrie Morganâ€™s band, Joe Harris who found Garth Brooks, Nathan Smith who has recorded with Joe Diffie, Sarah Evans, Dixie Chicks, and Brad Paisley just to name a few. In my future I would love to write w/ Jeff Steele and tour w/ Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley. Those 3 things and itâ€™s a dream come true for me. From the nest... HornetMan