If you listen to country radio, chances are you know Adam Sanders, whether you realize it or not. With an impressive list of songwriting credits including two #1’s in 2015 in Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night” and album cuts for artists including Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, Sanders is making his mark on country music. With new single “About To,” Sanders looks to take things to the next level as an artist.
We caught up with Adam, who is currently out on the Burning House Tour with Cam, for some insight into his career so far and what comes next.
For those who are just discovering your music, which of your songs would you say best encompasses who you are as an artist/songwriter?
Man, that’s such a tough question…I think in each of the 4 songs we’ve released so far we’ve wanted to show fans another “layer of the onion” so to speak. All 4 songs are songs that I was a co-writer on and are as just as much a part of me as the next one. If I had to pick one though, I would say a song called “Thunder”. Although it lacks some energy, which is a big part of my show and sound, it makes up for it in emotion. The song is a pretty simple concept and talks about missing someone whether it’s a breakup or a loved one lost but I think we found some pretty cool ways to color up the lyrics.
Is there a song you’ve written that’s been cut by another artist that you wish you could have
kept for yourself?
You know, I’ve asked myself that same thing 100 times and honestly I can’t say there has been one. Songwriting is the reason I am where I am today and without those artist taking a chance on recording one of my songs I wouldn’t be here. Sure, there’s a couple that maybe mean a little more to me than some others but they all have opened some pretty amazing doors so far and I’m just thankful to be in this position.
We’re loving the creative approach you took to the video for “About To” – what inspired you
to take it that direction? Are you a big horror movie fan yourself?
Give all the credit to my man Zach Daulton. Zach is the director who came up with the whole horror film concept and I was sold immediately. One thing that I didn’t want was a video that told the same story as the lyric in your head the first time you hear the song. I wanted something that would give the listeners another layer and I think Zach and FlyHi films did just that.
As for the big horror movie fan, you know I’m honestly not and never really have been, but with the time of the year and the mood of the song, it just seemed to fit.
Is there a particular venue that you dream of playing one day?
Ha, well I’ve got a few to be honest but a big one for me that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the Grand Ole Opry. I started singing at such a young age and have always dreamed of standing on that stage where so many greats have stood. Growing up Alan Jackson was my hero and so I’ve had this little dream in my head for a long time that the very first song I want to sing on the Opry stage is “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” The song just sums up my path as an artist and to have my family in the crowd who has supposed me from day one to watch would for sure be an emotional “I did it” moment.
Tell us a fun/surprising fact about you.
I was held back in the 1st grade because my teacher said all I wanted to do was talk to the other kids and sing in class all day. Apparently learning to read and write was not very high on my priority list…
What are your favorite three songs on the radio right now?
“Hometown Girl” – Josh Turner
“Outskirts Of Heaven” – Craig Campbell
“How Not To” – Dan & Shay
What can we expect to see from you through the end of the year and beyond?
Well, we just started the Burning House Tour with my buddy Cam and that will keep us pretty busy out on the road until the end of the year but we’re also getting ready to release an EP at the beginning of next year so I’m pretty excited for fans to hear the new music.
It’s 10 minutes until you hit the stage – tell us what you’re sippin on!
A Bud Light to help chill the nerves.
For tour dates and to keep up with Adam Sanders, visit his website at www.adamsandersmusic.com, follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.