Volume 10, Issue 6 - November/December 2008

A v o c a t i o n s

Singing My Song

WHEN ADAM NULTON, owner of Northeast Auto Glass in Wilkes-Barr, Pa., was just 12 years old, he learned of an opportunity in his hometown. A local preacher was offering guitar lessons for just $1 an hour in an effort to support his church. But Nulton found more than an opportunity—he found a lifelong hobby.

“I took lessons for about a year, and ever since then, I’ve continued playing,” he says.

Now, nearly 20 years later, he’s still playing—and has taken the hobby a step further, by adding songwriting into the mix.

In fact, these days, he rarely plays a cover.

“Pretty much the stuff I do is more of a rootsy, acoustic type of material,” Nulton says. “I mainly focus on writing originals—I don’t usually use other material.”

Though Nulton has been in several bands, the one that had the most profound effect on him was one called the Custom Blend Conspiracy.

“I gathered with a bunch of guys who were influenced by jazz and blues, and it completely changed my perspective on music,” he says. “I started writing material comparable to that of Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Rusted Root—more like a Jason Mraz kind of style.”

Nulton recorded some music with the  band, and later went on to record solo.

“About two years [after leaving the Custom Blend Conspiracy] I went into a recording studio and laid down my own tracks,” he says. “I saw an ad in ‘Rolling Stone’ and submitted some photos andliterature and a copy of my demo to [the company in the ad], and they pretty much played my music on college radio stations across the country.”

However, things turned a bit sour when Nulton began to suspect that the company that recorded the demo wasinvolved in a type of scam; the moment of truth came when they asked for $7,000 to record a full album.

“I kind of know the market and how it operates, so after that, I continued to play my music and did open mic nights in the area,” Nulton says. Just four years ago, he tried his hand at the “American Idol” auditions in Boston.

“I said, ‘Why not? What have I got to lose?’” Nulton reflects.

Though Nulton ultimately didn’t make it through—and endured two days of waiting both in the rain and in an auditorium filled with other hopefuls— he says he learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

“If you make it through, it’s by luck—I guess that’s the business,” he says. “That’s kind of why I got out of it.”

When he’s not playing, Nulton listens to a variety of music types—including classical, heavy metal, classic rock, jazz and blues. Though Nulton mainly plays on his own now, in his spare time and in the privacy of his own home, he intends to try his hand at recording again in the near future.

Nulton founded his company, Northeast Auto Glass, three years ago. He previously was with Diamond Auto Glass in Kingston, Pa., where he spent six years.

He and his wife, Danielle, have an 18-month-old son, Adam Joseph.

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