Owl City’s Adam Young Prepares for New Album, Refuses to Let Fame Change Him

Christian musician Adam Young is ready to record new tracks for a new album, but he has remained adamant that he will not be changed by critics or fame.

Young has explained that he continues to work out of a studio near his parents’ house in his home town of Owatonna, Minneapolis. With the great success of debut album Ocean Eyes, Young could have a studio anywhere in the world, but he has refused to let fame and fortune change him.

Owl City’s hit single “Fireflies” reached the iTunes Single of the Week when it was released, after selling 650,000 in its first week and soon reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tour for Ocean Eyes took him across the globe to Europe, Australia, Hawaii, China, and Japan, but it remains Young’s number one priority to continue to do the writing he has always done.

“Stay grounded, remain pure, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus,” Young told a reporter from The Christian Post last month.

Raised as a Baptist, Young’s parents feared that temptations and challenges that accompany fame would destroy him. However, Young explains that the opposite has happened.

“It has done the opposite,” Young told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “It [fame] has kind of made me stick closer to my friends and weave this support system around me that is filled with the right people.”

In his interview with The Christian Post, Young clarified his aspirations; to serve God through his music.

“My prayer is that the music of Owl City serves as a bright light in a very dark place, a ray of hope in this haunted house of a world. I want to Lord Jesus to use my music to do WHATEVER it is He wills.”

His music has already served as a beacon to a listener in need; a fan told Young that she was considering suicide when Owl City came on the radio and made her change her mind.

Some reviews by critics of Owl City’s new album All Things Bright and Beautiful were not all positive. Spin magazine gave the album a bad review; however, Young’s musical goals remain unfaltering. His strong faith and passion for music look set to result in many more albums to come.

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