About Adam Mcphaill
Born and raised in Russellville, Kentucky the youngest of four children, McPhaill began singing in church when he was five years old. “My mom absolutely loved it – even encouraged it. She’d videotape me singing every chance she had.” Aiding in this encouragement was his father and brother’s regular performance in the church worship band. Stylelistically, country was the obvious choice for McPhaill. With his mother a die-hard Shania Twain fan and his oldest sister Leslie listening to Deana Carter, he chose to follow Garth Brooks – his first memories being of Brooks’ album “In Pieces”.
In high school, McPhaill became a staple in school talent shows, performing every chance he had. At 17, he auditioned for Nashville Star, even making it past the first round. It wasn’t until his senior year of high school, however, that he really began to explore the world of song writing. “My best friend passed away unexpectedly one week before graduation. She had been a huge encourager in my life, especially when it came to my music. It was a very difficult time and I needed a way to process everything that was going on.” Looking for an outlet, McPhaill began to song write, with his father putting music behind his lyrics. “My love for songwriting developed pretty quickly, so it was only natural for me to pick up a guitar and start playing.”
Continuing to hone his skills, McPhaill’s 20th year brought two major auditions – American Idol and, later that year, The Voice. “It was through these two auditions that my skin really began to thicken… And though I learned how to gracefully take ‘no’ for an answer, I also learned that persistence is key.” With much encouragement from those closest to him, McPhaill moved to Nashville in April 2012. That very year, he took another chance on the show that had turned him down two years before. This time however, the judges on American Idol saw something they liked. He received a golden ticket and an opportunity to change his life. He flew to LA to compete in the dreaded "Hollywood Week". "It was like nothing i have ever been a part of to this day. No sleep, just rehearsal after rehearsal." Mcphaill ended up getting cut halfway through Hollywood week, but instead of being discouraged, a new fire was lit within him. "I met so many talented people who were right here in my back yard in Nashville, and have since become great friends and fellow co-writers"
Since American Idol Mcphaill has been drawing inspiration to write from life-changing events and stylistic inspiration from artists including Brooks, Lee Brice, and David Nail, he continues to work towards his career goals – which, despite his dreams being big, remain relatively modest. “More than anything, I love to sing – and have no problem doing so for free. But to be able to make a living doing what I love – that would be my ultimate goal. Of course, I wouldn’t turn fame down if it came knocking…”