Musicians Wanted

31 Jul

Alright, so yesterday was a little bit of a rough day.  Adam had his audition for NBC’s show “The Voice” yesterday, and did not get a callback.  Of course, getting on a television contest is a little bit like winning the lottery, but we were confident that he would at least get a callback to make it past the first round.  Adam was basically the 5,999th person out of 6,000 to try out in Nashville over the two-day tryout period.  He was in the last 10-person group of the day and he sang for just one person – a well-known vocal coach out of L.A.  He expressed enough interest in Adam to ask him to sing a second song, but then decided to only ask one young female to return for the second round.  Adam sang “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Here Comes Goodbye.”  Adam said that when the group first came into the room, the coach told them that the Producers/Record Label were looking for individuals who were loyal to their genre of choice, whether that be country, R&B, pop, rock, etc.  Adam had about five various songs prepared to sing and they were from different decades and different genres, so he felt like the coach was talking to him.  This may be the reason that Adam did not get asked to come back for another round.

The Voice tryouts at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN

In Adam’s words, not getting a callback “stings the ego a little bit.”  Last night, we discussed what some next steps may be.  We both kind of feel like we are in a maze and we keep hitting dead ends.  We still are a little lost, but we will continue to pray and Adam plans to brainstorm various things he can do to keep pursuing his dream.  One thing that Adam feels strongly about is wanting to try to find other people to be in a group or band with.  Adam does not feel like he needs the spotlight to be on him.  Adam gets more enjoyment from sharing the stage with others.  The key to making something like this work, though, is finding like-minded people with similar motivations.  It made me think of writing a wanted ad!  Maybe something like this:

Talented singer/songwriter seeks musically gifted individuals who are seeking to follow God’s will for their life.  Must enjoy working with others and don’t mind sharing the spotlight.  Ability to sing harmony preferred.  Only those seriously interested in pursuing a career in music need apply.

More to come later about this crazy maze of a journey!  Have a good week, everyone!  My first post for my new “Dreamer in the Spotlight” series will be coming soon!

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4 Responses to “Musicians Wanted”

  1. Mark McPherson August 1, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Adam,
    Hang in there. Writing or singing, both careers call for lots of rejection. Keep bouncing with the falls. You’re going to make it pal.
    Thought of this on last trip, may be a song in it for you.
    “I don’t look like Kenny chesney,
    I can’t strum like willie,
    My wife isn’t Shania Twain,
    I ain’t got a tour bus …

    But I got a dream, and one day,
    You’ll see, my name will be in lights. ”

    Just define yourself in song. Who your not and such. Everyone wants to sing like the old Hank Williams, or be the next Merle Haggard. Folks want to be Tim McGraw, you’re always you, and you’re following your dream. Nothing in this world is stronger than a dream. Martin Luther King changed a nation with his. Who knows, yours could change the face of country music.
    Don’t give up! It’ll happen.

    • a dreamer's wife August 1, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Mark. I’ll pass on your message to Adam. Have a great week!

  2. Marta August 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    That’s really too bad. I can’t imagine how hard it is to get on shows like The Voice and American Idol. The thing with The Voice is that it seemed like a lot of the finalists had record deals previously and were more experienced than say Idol contestants (who also tend to be like 16). I wish Adam much much luck! If its meant to happen it will!

  3. a dreamer's wife August 3, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks for the good luck wishes! You’re right. Whatever is meant to be, will be!

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