Who says shy kids from small towns can’t make it big?

Owl City/Adam Young has made an impression on the airwaves and the internet, recently making his way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and a number one single score on iTunes for the single “Fireflies.” The 80s synthpop and electronic sound of Owl City has also found its way to the Top 40 and Hot AC formats on the radio, along with various other formats.

Let’s not forget the #1 song in North America, a sold out tour and huge record sales (Universal Republic Records) — that’s 200,000 digital singles and a jump from #20 to #8 in the Top Ten Nielsen Soundscan Top 200 Albums Tally for the album Ocean Eyes.

Young has stated that he started writing music in the small town of Owatonna, Minnesota in his parents’ basement, which can be seen depicted in the video for “Fireflies.” The video can be seen widely on Youtube and on rotation on VH-1.

Owl City is currently winding town the sold out door and will be in Houston on Halloween night.

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Farah is a writer and producer who works mainly with music and educational media. When she is not at work or writing about music, she plays the drums in an indie jazz band. She enjoys sci-fi, prefers to sing show tunes while she cleans, and consumes an obscene amount of seltzer water. You can follow more of her writing and music on Twitter at @LaParadiddle.

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