The last eight months have been amazing according to Adam Doleac. The Hattiesburg, MS, native shared that performing at Stagecoach (in his words, “the Mecca of country music festivals”) was just incredible. The thirty-year-old also remarked that “singing your own songs for a crowd of fans is the ultimate prize. I remember the day I wrote the song, and to see people sing it back to you and see it all come together, is amazing.”
Doleac wasn’t always focused on country music. Instead of a guitar in a case, he carried irons and putter in a bag as a high school athlete. He was planning on accepting a full-ride college scholarship to play at Delta State University in North Mississippi. Until one fateful day when he was asked to join the baseball team. The rest, as they say, was history (on a side note he had also been offered a full-ride scholarship for basketball).
The singer was part of the University of Southern Mississippi’s 2009 College World Series team as a sophomore. He was a member of three Conference USA championship runs and batted .343 over his final two seasons with 9 home runs and 96 RBI.
When did music come into his life? Doleac picked up one of his college roommate’s guitars. The first song he learned to play was Third Eye Blind’s “Deep Inside of You.” In 2010 he penned his first song, “That Guy.” It was written while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. He had never been out of the country before and took note of all the different people he saw from his hotel balcony. For a while, he played ball and music concurrently until shin splints ended his major league baseball dreams.
With just a handful of songs to his name, he moved to Nashville in 2012 after his self-released EP, “Travel On,” had attracted a sizable audience. Later signed by Sony/ATV to a publishing deal, his songs have since been recorded by Darius Rucker (“Don’t“) and Kane Brown (“Pull It Off“). Other country stars, including Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore, and David Nail, have put his songs on hold for possible future recordings.
The multi-talented artist is on a number of 2018 Artists to Watch lists including Pandora and Sounds Like Nashville. He was recently featured as one of Rolling Stone’s “Country Artists You Need To Know.” The magazine wrote that his songs “are anchored not only in the trends of Top 40 radio, but also the blue-collar grit of Bob Seeger and the bluesy influence of his Mississippi hometown.” This summer he will share the stage with Florida Georgia Line and Chris Young.
While he loves being on the road, he also has a passion for manual labor and getting his hands dirty. Doleac learned carpentry and electrical work from his dad, Donnie. He is bored if he isn’t working hard.
He put those lessons to good use one night when a Vicksburg, MS, performance lit the venue up. Lit it up as in flames shot out of equipment on stage. This after his drummer and bass player couldn’t make the show in time. Doleac took over on drums (he dad also taught him drumbeats – at age 2) alongside his piano and guitar players. Two hours of cover songs and he won over the crowd.
The songwriter continues to win over people. He remarked that it is cool to be recognized and is working hard to get to even bigger platforms. He mixes old school with new – he loves typewriters and every song is documented on sheets of typing paper. Doleac’s dream collaboration is with John Mayer. For half of his life, he has listened to the star’s music and cites him as one of his biggest influences. He admitted he would be star struck to meet him.
Success hasn’t changed him. While he would love to buy an old Bronco with some of his earnings, he isn’t into a music career for money. He is more focused on doing for other people, sharing that “life is more about giving to others and I want to help people.”
With songs like the lead single from his EP, “Whiskey’s Fine,” he will have plenty of opportunities to help others. The track, a self-dubbed booty call, was Top 10 on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 30. It was co-written with songwriter Monty Criswell being inspired by a previous evening ‘event.’
His self-titled EP debuted at #6 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart last June. He co-wrote all six tracks. The follow-up song, “Bigger Than Us,” has already been streamed more than two million times.
“Bigger Than Us” Written by Adam Doleac, Lindsay Jack Rimes, and Michael Heeney.