It was a last-minute decision to attend the Adam Cunningham performance at MadLife Stage & Studios in Woodstock, Georgia. Later in the evening, I would run into a couple in the audience that had driven and hour and a half to come see Adam perform. And now I know why.
Originally from Iowa, singer/songwriter Adam Cunningham was a contestant on The Voice Season 13 and a member of Team Adam, but began the competition as a member of Team Blake. His blind audition of the Allman Brothers Band song “Midnight Rider” turned two chairs.
Adam shared with the MadLife audience that night about his experiences on The Voice and the fond memories he has about his time in Los Angeles and the friendships he made while taping the show. Adam found himself close to elimination many times during the show but fought his way back each time with the burning desire to succeed. Adam said, “I loved being the underdog….it made me work that much harder.” Even though Adam was not the overall winner that season, the advice and encouragement he received from the judges and producers of the show have fueled Adam to continue the upward momentum in his career.
Before his appearances on The Voice, Adam began his singing career at the age of 7 with his mom and dad and little brother’s music ministry. They sang gospel songs in church, nursing homes, and banquet halls and occasionally small television stations. Adam released a few Christian albums as a young adult and has served as the leader of the worship team, who created the album “His Renown.” This album won the Dove Award in 2006. Adam currently lives and works in Nashville as a session artist and has penned a number of hits including “You are My God” in 2007.
However, life has had its ups and downs for Adam as he has struggled over the years with personal challenges including struggles with his spiritual beliefs, his marriage, and medical issues that have threatened the life of his son. These challenges all pour out into his songs and make him very relatable. Adam said, “When I write, what you see and what you hear…it’s who I am.”
That night as Adam performed on the MadLife stage, I got the sense that he was about as genuine and authentic as they come…he wasn’t trying to pretend to be anything other than just a man sharing his talents with an audience. I had a chance to speak to Adam briefly after the show and he was as kind and open off stage as he was on stage. He was looking forward to getting back home to Nashville to see his wife Courtney and his new baby daughter Poppy. I mentioned that I admired his guitar strap that was covered in red poppies and he told me it was a gift from his wife and it also included an inscription of their wedding vows.
“Adam Cunningham is a man who has lived a complex life, sings music with meaningful hints of his struggles, and continues to allow hope to enter his heart and the hearts of fans and viewers of The Voice. As he continues to pursue his musical career, he has stayed true to his belief and faith. Adam Cunningham continues to impact the hearts of those who witness his performances as a beacon of hope and inspiration to never forsaken your dreams. Though the light dimmed for Adam Cunningham during his early life, his new chapter is bright and filled with opportunity.”
I have become a fan of Adam since seeing him perform that night in Woodstock and have gone back to watch all the YouTube videos out there of his performances on The Voice and other locations. I am looking forward to seeing him perform in the future and can’t wait to see where his musical journey leads next.
You can find more of Adam’s music on ReverbNation, iTunes, YouTube and on his website.