1. We’re super-excited to have a few minutes today with one of the most exciting voices in country music today, Adam Cousins; welcome to our humble pages, Adam! Before we get the ball rolling, four months in how has your New Year treating you?
Thank you for having me! This year has been off to a quick start and I can’t believe we’re already this far in – but I am excited to see what the rest of this year has in store. I’ve been keeping busy working on my new and upcoming releases, and while it’s been busy, it’s been amazing getting to play for everyone live again! There’s really no better feeling than having an engaged audience who is ready to sing and dance along with you!
2. Congratulations and kudos for your recent single release of the lovely tune “Our Lives”! What was the genesis of “Our Lives”, how did it come into being?
“Our Lives” didn’t have one specific inspiration or backstory to it. Owen Riegling and I went into our writing with a pre-existing verse and partial chorus, and I knew right away that it was something we could build on. The whole thing came together quite quickly once we sat down and were able to put our minds and experiences together.
3. You collaborated writing-wise on “Our Lives” with fellow artist Owen Riegling. What was that collaboration like for you?
Great as always! We have worked on a few songs in the past and I really love the emotion Owen can put into his lyrics. We grew up in similar neighbors (both raised in middle-of-nowhere small towns) which influences our writing style and stories we share through our music. Being on the same page like that has made writing with Owen a very comfortable fit from the beginning!
4. Shawn Moore was your producer on “Our Lives.” What does Shawn bring to the table when it comes to producing in your opinion?
Knowledge. The way he can understand what crazy things come out of my mind and be able to put it into song is incredible. Shawn went to school at the famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville and has done an amazing job at bringing that experience and expertise back to artists like myself here in Canada.
5. As a singer and songwriter, which comes first for you – The Lyrics or the Music?
It honestly depends on the day! Sometimes I’ll develop a catchy rhythm or harmony, and build a song around the sound and energy of the foundation of the music. Other times, sitting down to write a new tune may simply start with a vague concept or theme or even a single lyric phrase, and the rest of the story and sound gets built from there!
6. What do you hope fans walk away feeling after they give “Our Lives” a listen?
I want them to walk away feeling in a better mood. A little fuzzy inside with a brighter smile on their face. We as artists want to inspire our fans as much as possible.
7. “Our Lives” is a unique cocktail in that it mixes a brilliant old-school country sound with a driving rock and roll edge. Was that always in your mind to do, combine genres?
Yes! Right from the beginning I knew I wanted something a little more rock n roll just to keep things upbeat and fresh.
8. You hail from Brussels, Ontario. How does that upbringing inform you as both a person and as an artist?
True country all the way. Having to work on farms and drive for miles just to get anywhere. It really impacted the way I looked at my songwriting and staying true to who I was because that’s all I knew. Small towns with big hearts. My family and my hometown have inspired my music from day one. In all aspects of my life I value truth and transparency, and I look forward to sharing stories related to my upbringing through my songwriting.
9. We understand that you have another two singles set to drop later this year. Can you give us some hints as to what we might expect from them?
I was excited to showcase every angle of my sound with this series of releases, so each single has taken on a very different energy!
“Let It Rip” is set to be released to radio and everywhere digitally in the summer of 2022. It is a true summer anthem – a feel-good, high energy song that will have listeners ready to party!
“In The End” will be available to listeners digitally as of the fall of 2022, and brings a more edgy and dark sound to the table – an upbeat tune that is intertwined with a story of heartbreak.
10. Is it too early to ask you about plans for a full-length album?
At this point, our focus is on laying the groundwork; really dialing into and solidifying our sound, and reaching out to listeners to build a more firmly rooted following on all platforms. We’re not currently recording for a full-length album, but it’s definitely always on my mind – and I’m excited to give it my undivided attention when the time is right!
11. When and where can fans look to see you out on a tour?
As some live shows are still in progress of rebuilding and rescheduling since the pandemic, my appearances can vary week to week. I keep upcoming shows listed on my website for fans to know where to follow along & often share upcoming events to my social media pages!
12. Musically, who are your inspirations?
I’m a little old school I will say. But some of the new talent in the past few years has blown me away. Chris Stapleton is a prime example: unbelievable songwriting, and his vocal is so pure and strong with that rasp.
Another one would have to be Garth Brooks. They way he can cultivate a crowd and have his fans go from crying in one song to screaming at the top of their lungs with excitement the next – it’s truly breathtaking.
13. How does your family feel about your success in the music industry?
They support me 100%. I was able to take a year off work to really focus on music and try to get a little further ahead. They were with me every step of the way. Unfortunately with the 3rd wave of the pandemic I was unable to keep that going.
14. How do you think the country music scene in 2022 compares to another exciting time in country music history, the 1970s?
Very similar with hints of change. Artists still pull a lot of inspiration and influence from the country roots of idols from other eras like the ’70s. But there is a new energy – people are branching out and trying new things to come up with fresh ways to engage their audience, such as including influences and collaborations with various other music genres.