It's inevitable: the longer an artist stays in the industry putting out records, the more likely he or she will change his or her sound. Defining this change is highly interpretive; you could call it "evolving" or "maturing." In Christian rocker Adam Agee's case, "maturing" is definitely the right word.
Phase 1: Stellar Kart's Pop Punk Perfection
Agee was the frontman for Stellar Kart, one of Christian music's most influential punk rock bands. Stellar Kart never hid from praising the Lord in their music. The message was serious, but the music was fun. Songs such as "Student Driver" and "Innocent" defined Stellar Kart's fully energized sound, while smash hits "Me and Jesus" and "Jesus Loves You" show the band isn't afraid to embrace their softer side as well.
Covering Disney tunes was one of the band's secret joys. Stellar Kart released two Disney-related EPs: A Whole New World and Frozen. The band cleverly injected punk into Disney favorites "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Kiss the Girl." My favorite was Stellar Kart's take on the Frozen theme "Let it Go." All of this music was fun.
It's hard to remove the fun--with just a hint of angst--from punk rock. Any Stellar Kart song, slow or fast, reminds me of good times in youth group.
Phase 2: Audio Adrenaline's Sound of the Saints
Stellar Kart slowed down after the band's cover EP. That's when Audio Adrenaline came knocking at Adam Agee's door, asking him to become the band's new frontman. Agee agreed to join the band in 2015. The Christian rocker now had the opportunity to mix his serious, reverent lyrics with a more alternative/contemporary sound. For the time being, Agee left Stellar Kart behind--though he has said the band's days are likely not over.
Audio Adrenaline, with Agee at the helm, released Sound of the Saints with an all new lineup. For the album, Audio Adrenaline used a contemporary-alternative style, which Agee used to garner experience in that more "mature" sound. The artist also used his rock influence on tracks such as "Move."
Phase 3: Adam Agee's Personal Pop
Agee is now starting a new season with the release of his debut EP, Paper Planes. Instead of punk Stellar Kart and Audio A contemporary-alternative, Agee has fully embraced a CCM sound.
Agee proves that he is quite diverse as an artist--a man of many sounds. While Agee may still join forces with his previous two bands in the future, for now, he can enjoy this solo season where his experienced voice truly comes into its own.
Phill Feltham is a Canadian journalist with over eight years of experience writing and editing content for print and digital media. He specializes in health, fitness, nutrition, travel, and the power grid. He loves music, movies, and, of course, living for Jesus. Highlights of Phill's work can be found on his portfolio site PhillFeltham.com and his official blog, The Weekly Wanderer. Phill lives out his faith with his wife, Jodi, in the Greater Toronto Area.
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