Alberta-born country star Adam Gregory is looking forward to being part of Sean Hogan’s all-star Canadian Country Christmas Tour that kicks off in Cochrane next Saturday night, Nov. 17.
Besides helping spread Christmas cheer with fellow performers Hogan, Thomas Wade and Steve Wilkinson, the popular country artist will be playing some of his past hits, a few covers and recently released singles from his upcoming new album.
“Before It Breaks Me” is his latest release and that follows “Dirt Road Therapy” and “Why Don’t Cha.”
Gregory first hit the North American charts at age 14. Now 33, he's long worked south of the border in the country music industry, lives in Arizona, is married and has a three-year daughter.
“I’ve grown and matured,” says Gregory. “I write from a different standpoint. I have the experience of being a father now and so much inspiration comes from that alone.”
“I put all my passion and soul into everything that I do and this album is just another example of my dedication to the art.”
Gregory wasn’t planning to release “Before It Breaks Me” as his third single. He had a whole different game plan in place when on the way home from Phoenix he had an epiphany. He wasn’t sure why at the time but then it hit him.
“The Oct. 15 release date would have been my grandparents’ 50-some anniversary had my grandma still been alive. So I think it was a divine intervention from my grandma watching over me. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll see if that means anything. That would be amazing.”
The song, co-written with Lainey Edwards and Cathy Majeski, follows the story of a person getting out of an unhealthy relationship before it breaks them down.
“I’m really, really proud of this song. It’s one I co-wrote and I'm finally glad to have it out in the public.”
Gregory is looking forward to getting back on the road after focusing much of his energy on his new album. Coming back home to Alberta is a great way to kick it off before the tour hits other parts of Canada.
Gregory is Edmonton born and raised.
"All my family is still there and it makes for a good excuse to get home. I’m actually going to be bringing my little three-year-old with me. She’ll have a couple of weeks at her grandparents' house and hang with the fam. That’s important for her."
Gregory was breaking into the country music scene when he first met Hogan but they've never shared a stage.
“Here it is almost 20 years later and we’re hitting the road together with Thomas Wade and Steve Wilkinson. It’s going to be a great time. We’ll probably have lots of stories to tell backstage.”
He admires Hogan for many reasons and is impressed with how his annual family Christmas concert tour helps support small town organizations.
“Every bit of it is a good thing and I’m always happy and proud to be part of stuff like this.”
Gregory is no stranger to supporting worthy causes. He appeared on the Telemiracle for many years, has aided the Ronald McDonald House and Sunshine Foundation and performed in Edmonton to help raise money for the Canadian Red Cross for the South Asia tsunami fund.
He also went to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 for the OP ATHENA Show Tour to perform for the troops.
His first of four studio albums. “The Way I’m Made.” went on to be certified gold in Canada. It spawned five singles, including "Horseshoes" that peaked at No. 2. Several of his songs have also hit the Top 40 list of the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
The doors open at the Cochrane Lions Events Centre at 6 p.m. for this family Christmas event and the concert starts at 8 p.m. after Cochrane Light Up has ended.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth and those 8 and under are admitted free. They’re available for purchase at Great Things in Store, #4 80 Railway St. E. and the Cumbrian Arms, 57 W. Aarsby Rd. You can also purchase them online at Eventbrite.
Country Christmas Concert Coming to Lions Events Centre