It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Adam Young - the brainchild behind the synthpop project Owl City - was professionally loading trucks in Minnesota. Owl City is characterized by a bold new electronica style that features motivated beats and an ethereal air. The multi-instrumentalist has been lighting up the electronica scene since the release of his first major label album, Ocean Eyes, in 2009. While watching just one man playing music on a machine would get tedious, Owl City has a band joining Young onstage for tour dates that have become more and more popular each month. With the momentum that Owl City has made recently, anticipation for Young's newest album and tour dates has reached a fever pitch. All Things Bright and Beautiful is set to release on June 14, while Owl City has a number of 2011 concert dates set to begin the day before.
Adam Young was born on July 5, 1986, in Owatonna, Minnesota. Living in his parents' basement, the devout Christian had a number of small jobs before he developed a case of insomnia from loading trucks. Looking to occupy the lonely hours, Young began experimenting with different styles of electronic music. Adam began posting the songs he created onto his MySpace page; the tracks soon became hugely popular, prompting the artist to independently record and release the EP, Of June, in 2007 and the full album, Maybe I'm Dreaming, in 2008. The albums were a surprise success, with Of June reaching #20 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I'm Dreaming reaching #16.
The popularity of the albums caught the eye of record label Universal Republic, which quickly signed the artist/project. Owl City's major label debut came in 2009 with the release of Ocean Eyes. The album has become a huge commercial success since its release, thanks largely in part to the monumental single, "Fireflies". The album features guest vocals from Chinese electronic artist Yuan, as well as the singing talents of Relient K singer Matthew Thiessen. The album did amazingly on music charts worldwide, but nowhere more so than in the US, reaching #8 on Billboard's 200 and #1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic, Top Rock, and Alternative Albums charts.
Fans can't wait to see what Adam Young has in store for them on Owl City's newest release, All Things Bright and Beautiful. They also can't wait to see Owl City on its summer tour dates, alongside fellow musicians Unwed Sailor and Matt Kearney. The 2011 concert dates will begin a day before the album's release, June 13, in Nashville. Tour dates will primarily travel through major Eastern U.S. cities, with limited stops in western states like Denver, Oregon, Texas, and California. The last tour date will be on July 30 in Adam Young's native state of Minnesota; St. Paul to be exact. Since the 2011 tour dates don't quite last two months, and the tour is only making stops in larger cities, fans should check for tickets soon to catch Owl City in their area.