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TimeLine: 2015

January 8, 2015

  • Adam releases a cover of the Rich Mullins song entitled "If I Stand".

January 13, 2015

  • Adam uploads an audio clip to social media of his own dubstep remix of his song "Speed of Love". He also provides a caption, stating "This is how I play "Speed of Love" on tour."

January 16, 2015

January 28, 2015

February 5, 2015

February 14, 2015

February 23, 2015

  • Alex Shepherd passes away after a tough battle with brain cancer.

  • Adam writes a message to fans on his mailing list regarding new music coming, as well as going in a new direction he did not expect or plan on. "Hello all: Just a friendly update from snowy Owatonna, MN. I wanted to say how grateful I am for your patience regarding the amount of time that has passed since my last album. The finalization of my new record has indeed taken longer than any of us would've liked (nobody more than me), and so I wanted to provide you with a bit of insight to bring you up to speed. Due to a variety of situations beyond my control, my hands have been tied and that is why its been quiet in Owl City lately. My original plans were pushed back which prevented me from releasing the album and begin touring a few months ago as I would've liked. But as is common, the creative process can be a stop-and-go journey, and while frustrating for everyone involved, delays are inevitable from time to time. So I wanted to write this letter to make certain everyone knows I have not become idle or inactive, but quite the contrary! I am more excited than ever to show you the material I've been sitting on over the past six months. All of this to say: I apologize for the delay. I don't want to keep you waiting because I myself am chomping at the bit, but again, due to circumstances beyond my control, a bit more time is necessary before I can dive in again. So while I cannot yet provide you with a lot of details, I can surely say that the album is finished and will be out later this year, and I will look forward to seeing all of you on tour. My deepest thanks and regards to you for your patience! Adam"

March 9, 2015

  • Color Therapy releases a new single, entitled "Challenger Deep". The track features electronic music producer Helios.

March 12, 2015

March 13, 2015

  • Adam releases a cover of the Johnny Cash song entitled "Jackson".

March 14, 2015

March 22, 2015

March 24, 2015

  • Color Therapy's debut album, Mr. Wolf Is Dead, is released independently. The project is presumed to be created by Adam, as many tracks hold similarities to previously released ambient tracks by Adam on his blog. The project also holds similarities in tune and production to Owl City and Port Blue.

March 28, 2015

  • AECCafe publishes an article by Sanjay Gangal on the construction of Adam's new studio. The studio, constructed by Walters-Storyk Design Group, is built into Adam's log cabin home in Owatonna, MN.

  • Joshua Morris (WSDG project manager): “Adam Young’s manager Steve Bursky had been impressed by our Jungle City Studio in NYC when he worked there a couple of years ago. When Adam decided to build a studio in his new home, Bursky suggested that he talk with us. I visited the site and met with him to get a true sense of what he was looking for. The local contractor was extremely meticulous in his efforts to meet all the requirements of our drawings. The results of our final acoustic measurements for reverberation time and Sound isolation all met or exceeded our goals. This studio is a gem.”

  • Adam: "WSDG absolutely captured my vision for the facility. They did a fantastic job of providing me with all kinds of options, so that I could choose accordingly what felt the most ideal to my working scenario."

March 30, 2015

  • Adam releases a short cover of the Nichole Nordeman song entitled "Brave".

April 10, 2015

  • Adam releases a preview of a track entitled "Snowfall". While the song is never fully released, it is incorporated into a track from Adam's score album Project Excelsior on a track entitled "Helium Balloon".

April 13, 2015

April 15, 2015

  • Adam releases a cover of the Who Is Fancy song entitled "Goodbye" with the statement, "#IAmFancy because I stay up all night and cover songs I like. My current favorite is by Who Is Fancy."

  • Windsor Airlift release their tenth EP entitled From the Archives.

April 17, 2015

  • Adam writes an article on his blog proclaiming the completion of his new album. "Finished Album"

April 20, 2015

  • Adam releases a song entitled "2015" with the statement "OWL CITY IS BACK". This alludes to the upcoming album set to be released in the summer.

May 5, 2015

  • A sneak peak of Owl City's upcoming song "Verge" aired on ESPN's "Draft Academy".

May 8, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Manila, Philippines at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater at BGC.

May 10, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Denpasar, Bali at Sky Garden.

May 11, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Jakarta, Indonesia at Rolling Stone.

May 12, 2015

  • Adam reveals the name, artwork, and track listing for the upcoming Owl City album. The new album, entitled Mobile Orchestra, is set to be released on July 10.

May 14, 2015

  • Owl City's lead single for the upcoming album entitled "Verge" is released by Republic. The track features vocals from Aloe Blacc.

  • Adam, on "Verge": "When I wrote 'Verge' I wanted to capture that moment everyone experiences, that one event in life that signifies the end of an era followed by a new beginning."

  • Owl City performs in Beijing, China at The Huiyuan-Space.

May 16-17, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Shanghai, China at The Mixing Room.

May 19, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Guangzhou, China at Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall.

May 20, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a video of behind the scenes footage for the upcoming music video, entitled "Verge", to its YouTube channel.

May 21, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Singapore at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore.

May 23, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Seoul, The Republic of Korea at the Seoul Jazz Festival.

May 26, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Osaka, Japan at the Big Cat.

May 27, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Nagoya, Japan at the Bottom Line.

May 28, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Tokyo, Japan at Zepp Divercity Tokyo.

May 29, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a music video for the song "Verge" to its YouTube channel.

June 5, 2015

  • Owl City's second single from the upcoming album entitled "My Everything" is released by Republic. The music video is also upload to the Owl City YouTube channel the same day.

  • Adam, on "My Everything": "'My Everything' is my attempt at summing up how important my faith is to me, and certainly how much it influences, not just the decisions I make creatively as an artist, but every area of my life across the whole board. My hope with this song is that it serves as an encouragement to people who might be feeling spiritually weary or tired. I always forget that there are places in everybody's lives where there's this deep, dark place that nobody knows about, and my hope is that this song touches that and hopefully provides some kind of encouragement to somebody who needs it. I feel like, at the end of the day, if somebody's mood is lightened for 30 seconds or a minute while they're driving to work because of this song, I feel like my job is done."

June 22, 2015

  • David Weiss with SonicScoop publishes an article where Adam discusses his newly-built home studio he affectionately names "Sky Harbor Studios."

  • Adam: "I first began making music entirely on my own with no producer, no engineer, no co-writer, etc..., so my introduction to working in a creative setting was very solitary. My first creative endeavors were by myself in my bedroom which cemented the way in which I prefer to work: with full control across all aspects. As the years went by and I gained a relative amount of success, I always knew I wanted to build a facility of my own so that I could continue to do what I do best at a much higher level of quality. The few times I have worked in commercial facilities, I felt uncomfortable and my creativity suffered because of that - so it made total sense to build a studio of my own."

June 25, 2015

  • Owl City's third single from the upcoming album entitled "Unbelievable" is released by Republic. The track features vocals from Hanson.

  • Adam, on "Unbelievable": "Myself and those three (Hanson) guys are kind of the same age. We connected with so many different things that we remember as kids, things that we thought were so mind-blowing as far as technology and kind of the latest, greatest thing at the time. In a lot of cases, depending on the product, it isn't really around anymore. We had a blast just being like, 'I forgot all about this. You guys remember this thing and this thing?' Just trying to find all these ways to work nostalgia into song. So, that track is kind of a trip down memory lane a little bit."

June 29, 2015

  • Owl City uploads an animated music video for the song "Unbelievable" to its YouTube channel.

July 1, 2015

  • Adam uploads a video to Instagram of the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, who provide vocals on the most recent Owl City track, "Unbelievable". Adam also reveals that the group provided vocals for his previous hit, "Good Time".

July 10, 2015

  • Owl City's fifth studio album, Mobile Orchestra, is released by Republic. Adam collaborates with several artists to provide additional vocals for many of the songs on the album.

July 14, 2015

  • Adam and Hanson give an interview and perform the song "Unbelievable" and "Fireflies" on The Today Show.

  • Adam gives an interview at AOL Build.

July 24, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Niigata, Japan at Fuji Rock Festival 2015.

August 5, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a video to YouTube on the inspiration behind the song, "You're Not Alone".

  • Owl City band member Daniel Jorgensen is charged with criminal sexual contact and attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl to his hotel room while playing in Atlantic City in 2013.

August 12, 2015

August 24, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a video to YouTube on the inspiration behind the song, "This Isn't the End".

August 25, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a video to YouTube on the inspiration behind the song, "My Everything".

August 27, 2015

  • Adam holds a Twitter chat with Britt Nicole, where they talk with fans and answer questions.

September 17, 2015

  • Owl City uploads a video to YouTube on the inspiration behind the song, "Can't Live Without You".

October 2, 2015

  • Owl City performs in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom.

October 5, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Nashville, TN at The Cannery Ballroom.

October 6, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage.

October 8, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero Theatre.

October 9, 2015

  • Adam releases a short song entitled "Magic Golden Flower". The song is for Adam's girlfriend Abbey, who uploads it to her Instagram account entitled Whim Photography.

  • Owl City performs in Washington, D.C. at the 9:30 Club.

October 10, 2015

  • Owl City performs in New York City, NY at Irving Plaza.

October 12, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Boston, MA at the Paradise Rock Club. During the concert, Adam dedicates the song "Beautiful Times" to Alex Shepherd.

October 13, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club.

October 15, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Chicago, IL at the House of Blues.

October 16, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave II.

October 17, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Minneapolis, MN at the Varsity Theater.

October 19, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Englewood, CO at the Gothic Theatre.

October 20, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex.

October 22, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Seattle, WA at the Neptune Theatre.

October 23, 2015

  • The holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers's debut album, entitled Welcome to Our Christmas Party, is released by Sony Masterworks. The group, which includes Adam along with multiple other artists, is created to raise awareness and donations for non-profit organizations and charities.

October 24, 2015

  • Owl City performs in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom.

October 25, 2015

  • Owl City performs in San Diego, CA at Observatory North Park.

October 26, 2015

  • Owl City performs in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues (with Rozzi Crane).

November 15, 2015

  • CrossRhythms publishes an article where Adam is interviewed by Tony Cummings. Adam discusses the negative response he received with the song "Tokyo" as well as the success of his recent album, entitled Mobile Orchestra.

  • Adam: "With anything that you do, for anybody, there's always going to be somebody who loves it, somebody who hates it, somebody in the middle. I feel like I read a stat once that was like, 'If you put something out, there's five percent of everyone who loves it, five percent who hates it, and 90% of people who just kind of check it out and move on.' So, it's definitely a trick to not dwell on the good or the bad. In terms of reading reviews online and things like that, I feel like I've nailed down a super healthy approach at that stuff. So, I will definitely check it out a little bit, but the moment it feels like I', dwelling on it too much or thinking about it too much, I step back and remember at the end of the day, I've just got to do the best job that I know how to do and just be sincere and be honest, try to do the right thing. At the end of the day, people will talk and that's totally cool and I'll just keep fighting the good fight."

November 23, 2015

  • The holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers uploads a music video to their YouTube channel of their song, entitled "Snow Snow Snow". While Adam is not featured in the video itself, he provides vocals for the track.

December 18, 2015

  • Adam announces through his newsletter that he will be starting a new project starting February 1, 2016, with further information coming on January 1, 2016.

  • Adam's full newsletter statement: "Hello friends, Hope you're having a fabulous winter! I just realized 2015 is nearing a close so I wanted to send you a quick note. A special thanks to everyone who attended the "On the Verge" tour this year. I cannot tell you how overjoyed I was to see you there each night and meeting many of you encouraged me in more ways that you'll never know. The tour would not have been possible without your support so my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you (and thanks to the kid who gave me the skateboard in Atlanta)! I owe immeasurably much to my band and my crew as well, so endless thanks to them for helping me do what I do. Best tour yet. Along with the release of Mobile Orchestra and the countless wonderful things I've been lucky to do over the past 12 months, I am truly thankful for 2015 and can't wait for 2016. Which brings me to the present moment. Admittedly, I've been quite on social media for a few weeks because I've stumbled upon an idea which has all but consumed my creative heart-and-soul and I am tremendously excited about it. I cannot give many details right now, but I'm hatching a plot that involves doing something different than anything I've ever done, and yet is something I've always dreamed of doing. It is separate from Owl City and involves music but that's about all I can say. My team and I are working on a project that will launch February 1st of 2016, with news coming January 1st, and I think you will be amazed. For years, I've wanted to do something I've either not had the time nor energy to focus on - but at long last, the time has come. More details to follow. God bless & happy holidays. - Adam"

December 31, 2015

  • Sekai no Owari uploads a music video to their YouTube channel of their new song entitled "Mr. Heartache". The track is produced by Adam, who also provides instrumentals to the song itself.


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