Duritz on the levee in St. Louis with Counting Crows
|Birth name||Adam Fredric Duritz|
|Born||August 1, 1964|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Genres||Folk rock, alternative rock, pop rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer, Film producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Harmonica|
|Associated acts||Mod-L Society, The Himalayans, Sordid Humor, Counting Crows|
Adam Fredric Duritz (born August 1, 1964) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He is known as the frontman for the rock band Counting Crows, of which he is a founding member and principal composer. Since its founding in 1991, Counting Crows has sold over 20 million records, released four albums that have been certified gold or platinum, and been nominated for two Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
Duritz has recorded solo material of his own and has collaborated with other musical acts. He has also founded two record labels, E Pluribus Unum and Tyrannosaurus Records. His work scoring music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notably with an award from BMI for co-writing the song "Accidentally in Love" for the movie Shrek 2.
Before gaining fame, Duritz sang (and later wrote songs) for a few San Francisco Bay Area bands. These included Mod-L Society and Sordid Humor, a college rock band. While Duritz was not a member of Sordid Humor, he had been tapped to provide vocals on one track, alongside future bandmate David Immerglück (nicknamed "Immer" or "Immy") as a session musician on bass guitar. Producing the album was David Bryson, and Durtiz would end up befriending both.
In 1990, Duritz joined with Bryson in forming the band The Himalayans. In The Himalayans, Duritz's songwriting talents were beginning to gain recognition from the other musicians and the original version of the song "Round Here" was written at that time. A year later, while The Himalayans recorded a demo tape for a major record label, Duritz and Bryson independently submitted another demo tape of just the two of them singing stripped-down musical selections, and calling themselves Counting Crows. After both tapes were listened to, Duritz and Bryson's tape was selected, and they were asked to record the song for what would be their debut album. August and Everything After (1993) was the result, and "Round Here" appeared on the album. After they performed as the music guest on Saturday Night Live, their single "Mr. Jones" jumped 40 spots in the charts.
August and Everything After charted within the top 5 of the Billboard 200, and singles "Mr. Jones" (1993) and "A Long December" (1996) were number-one hits in Canada. The album has been certified 7× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Six of the band's albums have charted on the Billboard 200 and four have been certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Counting Crows was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1994. The band also received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for the song "Accidentally in Love", which was included in the film Shrek 2.
Duritz has collaborated with The Wallflowers (led by Jakob Dylan) on the album Bringing Down the Horse on the track "6th Avenue Heartache"; with Ryan Adams on Gold and the song "Butterfly in Reverse" from Hard Candy; with Peter Stuart on Propeller and Daisy; with Live on V; and with Dashboard Confessional on the track "So Long, So Long" from Dusk and Summer.
Duritz also contributed the songs "Spin Around," "You Don't See Me," and "You're a Star" to the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack that was performed by the film's fictional title band. Along with bandmates Vickrey, Bryson, and Immerglück, Duritz co-wrote the song "Accidentally in Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Shrek 2, winning them each an award from BMI.[better source needed]
In October 2018, Duritz co-founded the Underwater Sunshine Music Festival.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Duritz was executive producer for the film The Locusts. He appeared in the 2007 mockumentary film Farce of the Penguins. Adam teamed with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe in 2009 as Executive Producer for the film Freeloaders (2011).[better source needed] The film revolves around "five guys and a girl who live in the lap of luxury in a rock star's mansion. But their sweet situation is threatened when the rock star decides to sell the home. The friends will do whatever it takes to maintain their rock and roll lifestyle, as hilarity and shenanigans ensue."
Duritz grew up in Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; El Paso, Texas; and Berkeley, California. He is the son of Gilbert and Linda Duritz, both physicians. Duritz has a younger sister, Nicole. Duritz attended the prestigious Taft School, and graduated from the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California. He has Russian Jewish ancestry.
In October 2009, Duritz was reported to be dating Shameless actress Emmy Rossum, with whom he had toured during the summer of 2009. Rossum and Duritz broke up in September 2010. Duritz was reported to be unmarried as of August 2014[update]. Duritz has dated Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.
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