Lead Singer for the band, Counting Crows
Adam Fredric Adam Duritz (born August 1, 1964) is an
American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer.
Adam Duritz is best known for his role as frontman and vocalist for the rock
band Counting Crows, in which Adam Duritz is a founding member and principal
composer of their catalogue of songs.
Adam Duritz has recorded solo material of his own and collaborated with
other musical acts, leading him to branch out as the owner of at
least two record labels, acting as his own A&R man. His work scoring
music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notably
with an award for co-writing the song "Accidentally in Love" for the
movie Shrek 2 from BMI.
Duritz's lyrics have been described as "morose" and "tortured"
and as "wordy introspection" and his vocals "expressive."
also suffers from depersonalization disorder, which Adam Duritz describes as
"a dissociative disorder, which makes the world seem like it's not
real," which contributes to the length of time between albums and
the inspiration for many of his lyrics.
Adam Duritz was born in Baltimore, Maryland to a Jewish family.
Adam Duritz moved to Boston, then El Paso, Texas, and finally to
Berkeley, California. Adam Duritz has lived in San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Houston, Amsterdam and, most recently, New York City. As a
student, Adam Duritz attended Head-Royce School, the Taft School, the
University of California, Davis and the University of California,
Berkeley, but dropped out before earning a degree.
Before gaining fame, Adam Duritz sang (and later wrote songs) for a few
San Francisco Bay Area bands. These included Mod-L Society, and
another, was a college rock band, Sordid Humor. While Adam Duritz was not
a member, in the early 1990s, two other musicians who Adam Duritz had not
yet met were introduced while working with the band. Adam Duritz had been
tapped to provide vocals on one track, and future bandmate David
Immerglück, (nicknamed "Immy") as a session musician on bass guitar.
Producing the album, was David Bryson, both of whom became good
friends. In 1990, Adam Duritz joined with Bryson, and followed his lead
in forming the band, The Himalayans. In the Himalayans, his
songwriting talents were beginning to gain recognition from the
other musicians and a song, albeit in its infancy, "Round Here" was
written at that time. A year later, while The Himalayans recorded a
demo tape for a major record label, Adam Duritz and Bryson independently
submitted another demo tape of just the two of them singing
stripped-down musical selections, and called themselves Counting
Crows. After listening to both tapes, Adam Duritz and Bryson's tape was
selected; although they were asked to record the song on their debut
album as it was. She Likes the Weather was the result, containing
Adam Duritz has collaborated with The Wallflowers (led by Jakob Dylan) on the
album Bringing Down the Horse on the track "6th Avenue Hearthache";
with Ryan Adams on Gold and the song "Butterfly in Reverse" from
Hard Candy; with Peter Stuart on Propeller and Daisy; with Live on
V; and with Dashboard Confessional on the track "So Long, So
Long" from Dusk and Summer. Adam Duritz also collaborated with Nanci
Griffith on "Going Back to Georgia", from Griffith's 1994 Album
Adam Duritz also contributed the songs "Spin Around," "You Don't See Me,"
and "You're a Star" to the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack that
were performed by the film's fictional title band. Along with
bandmates Vickrey, Bryson, and Immerglück, Adam Duritz co-wrote the song
"Accidentally in Love" for the soundtrack of the movie, Shrek 2,
winning them each an award from BMI.
Adam Duritz was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards
to support independent artists' careers.
Adam Duritz has made slow progress in the music industry as a record
label owner. In 1997, Adam Duritz co-founded E Pluribus Unum, an
independent label. Before the label was purchased by Interscope
Records in 2000, Adam Duritz signed Joe 90, Gigolo Aunts, and
Neilson Hubbard – all of whom Adam Duritz took on the road to open
for Counting Crows. In November 2006, Adam Duritz began production on the Chicago
pop punk band Blacktop Mourning's]] debut record under the name "The
Devil and Bunny Show" alongside Counting Crows guitarist David
Immerglück's current album. Adam Duritz later announced, on January 15, 2007,
that Adam Duritz was launching boutique record label Tyrannosaurus Records.
His debut artists include Notar and Blacktop Mourning. The label
also re-released the sole album by Duritz's former band The
In addition to his musical pursuits, Adam Duritz was executive producer
for the films The Locusts (1997)" and 'Burn (1998)" .
appeared in the 2007 mockumentary film Farce of the Penguins.
Freeloaders" (2011). Adam teamed with the Broken Lizard comedy
troupe in 2009 as Executive Producer for the film "Freeloaders". The
film revolves around "five guys and a girl who live in the lap of
luxury in a rock star's mansion. But their sweet situation is
threatened when the rock star decides to sell the home. The friends
will do whatever it takes to maintain their rock and roll lifestyle,
as hilarity and shenanigans ensue." Written by Dan Rosen and
Dave Gibbs, the film stars Clifton Collins Jr., Olivia Munn, Jane
Seymor and Dave Foley as well as a multitude of stars making brief
cameos throughout. The film will be in limited theater release April
2012 with DVD release to follow.
Relationship with fans
Adam maintains an account and has frequently updated on Twitter.
Adam Duritz also reads and responds to posts on the band’s messageboard, and
recently started a feature called AskCrowsAsk where fans can email
questions for band members to answer. This relationship has not
always been smooth; Adam Duritz has clashed with some fans, chastising
those involved in flame wars by quipping on his blog, "Some of you
are truly fucking unpleasant people." In addition, Adam
frequently guest blogs for websites, including American Songwriter.
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Sessa, Sam. "Counting Crows singer shares memories of Baltimore,"
The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, July 10, 2010.
"Introducing THE HIMALAYANS biography". The Official Himalayans
Website. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
vanHorn, Teri (2001-07-12). "Tricky, Adam Duritz Guest On Fifth
Live Album, V". MTV.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
Moss, Corey (2006-01-19). "Dashboard Confessional Singer Records
Duet With Adam Duritz". MTV.com. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
"The Locusts (1997)". IMDB. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
"Burn (1998)". IMDB. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
"Farce of the Penguins". MTV.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
"Freeloaders (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
Siegle, Tatiana (2008-11-11). "Adam Duritz, Broken Lizard making
film". Variety. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008.
"Freeloaders (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
"Twitter.com Counting Crows (countingcrows) on Twitter". Retrieved
"CountingCrows.com news.journal". 2005-12-22. Retrieved
"Guest Blog: Adam Duritz Of Counting Crows". American Songwriter.
Retrieved 12 April 2012.
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