Adam Farley is a Scranton-based musician who recently released his first EP, “All the Right Reasons.” A graduate of Scranton High School and University of Scranton, where he majored in communication, he works for ADP as a district manager. He lives in West Scranton with his wife, Mindy, and children, Hailey, 4, and Karson, 1.
Meet Adam Farley…
Q: What first got you interested in music?
A: I grew up a huge N*SYNC fan. From then on, I was really into singing and dancing. I was also a big New Kids on the Block fan. My chorus teacher at the time told me I should enter the talent show as a singer. I did a song called “Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids on the Block. After that, the rest was history. People started coming up to me and said they loved it. In ninth grade (some friends and I) formed a band called Evaloution.
Q: Describe your style as a musician.
A: It’s very pop rock. I say that because I have some Justin Timberlake-type of music. I also have upbeat, rock-type of songs that are a little bit more alternative. I wouldn’t use the alternative title; it’s more pop rock.
Q: Describe your new EP, “All the Right Reasons”
A: The songs that I wanted to put together are kind of like chapters, and they tell a story. Two tracks on the EP are an homage to my boy-band days. The other three tell a story of where I am today. I’m married and have two kids. The song “Never Let Go” pays homage to when I first started dating my now-wife to “Hold on Blue Eyes,” which is a cover of a song we did from an old ’80s film that we got license for to cover, to “Here to Stay,” which is a song I wrote for my wife for our wedding. It kind of tells a story of the me from then and the me now. I call it the chapters of the EP and say the first book is now done. After being in a band for so long, you wonder what you can do on your own.
Q: What can people expect on your new album?
A:People can expect a really fun, uplifting album with a little bit of everything. It’s got a little love, spunk, fun and dance. It’s just a good, creative mix of storytelling.
Q: Why is the title “All the Right Reasons” so meaningful?
A: For the longest time, I never wanted to put myself out there, but I felt this was the time. So I thought this was the “right reason” to do it. It’s a story that tells itself; it’s got chapters, and if there’s any time to do it, it’s now. “All the Right Reasons” was born.
Q: What message do you hope to share through music?
A: You’re never too old to do something. A lot of people don’t realize that there are a ton of musicians in Scranton performing every day. Take the time to really sit and regroup and don’t give up hope that you can’t put out an EP or album. You can be successful in this area, regardless of what genre you do. Go out there and follow your dreams. You’re never too old to do something. I hope this EP gives light that if a 34-year-old dude from Scranton can drop an EP, you can do it, too.
Q: What is your favorite song on the EP, and why?
A: “Here to Stay.” I’m that fun, spontaneous type of guy. If I say I want to do something, I’m going to do it; that’s just how I am. Forty-eight hours before I got married, I got this idea to write a song. I’ve written plenty of songs for my wife in the past, but I really wanted to write a song that had meaning and would be fun to perform at the wedding. I had an idea for a track, put some things together and wrote the lyrics in 24 hours and performed it at the wedding. When I was working on the EP, I really wanted to record the track, because it had such meaning. I really wanted to pay homage to my wife, who has been an incredible wife and mother. I wanted to put the song together the way I envisioned it the first time. It’s catchy, and people can relate to it. It’s a really special song.
Q: What hobbies and interests do you have outside of music?
A: One of my hobbies is definitely break dancing, popping and locking, whatever you want to call it these days. It’s been something I’ve done since I was a kid. I also like to read, and I think it’s very important. Whether it’s a novel or a magazine, I’m always reading something. I’m into horror films and love horror. My other hobbies are spending time with my kids and wife; that’s always the thing I most look forward to.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m a really big Harry Potter fan. People know a lot about me, but they know me for singing or dancing. I’m a Harry Potter geek.
Q:Have you had a time or moment in your life that helped shape who you are today?
A: When I was in middle school, I had a friend who got into an accident and passed away. She was a huge fan of N*SYNC and Justin Timberlake. I had no idea who N*SYNC or Justin Timberlake was. My friend E.J. and I would make music videos when we were kids. We made videos for (N*SYNC songs) “Tearin’ Up My Heart” and “Drive Myself Crazy.” We did those videos, then I realized that was the Justin Timberlake she was always talking about. I told her I’d make a VHS copy of our Justin Timberlake video for her. I always felt like if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have a clue or be as passionate as I was about N*SYNC. I always felt like that was the breaking point for me to be a huge N*SYNC fan. I have no shame in my game. N*SYNC is the best band ever. That was a moment that I realized I was a boy-band guy and N*SYNC guy, and that’s the type of music I still do today.
To listen to Adam Farley’s EP, find him on Spotify here
Photos by Emma Black and submitted photo