EXCLUSIVE: “The Voice” Runner-Up, Adam Wakefield, Premieres Two New Singles “Cheap Whiskey and Bad Cocaine” and “Dry Days”


It’s been two years since Adam Wakefield placed second on season 10 of “The Voice.” After the Team Blake competitor finished second behind Christina Aguilera’s Alisan Porter, he launched into his solo career.

The New Hampshire native signed a record deal with Average Joe’s and is premiering not one, but two singles exclusively with One Country.

The first tune, “Cheap Whiskey and Bad Cocaine,” has Adam showcasing his bluesy vocals, singing about owning your failure.

“When I wrote ‘Cheap Whiskey and Bad Cocaine’ it was originally in a different feel and wasn’t working. It was too dark,” Adam tells One Country. “When I changed it to 3/4 time it added the levity element I was looking for. This was actually the first original country song I put together with a band in Nashville. I remember listening back to the voice memo for the first time and thinking, maybe I AM a country singer in some respects.”

“Its easy to misconstrue the message in this song,” he adds. “It’s not about accepting failure, it’s about owning it. I remember when I first moved to Nashville and was happy to just BE a songwriter/musician here. I always try to remember that feeling when I’m getting down on myself and try to enjoy every little win along the way. “

The second song Adam is premiering to fans is “Dry Days.” The uptempo toe-tapping song has Adam crooning about making it on your own.

“‘Dry Days’ is about that time in your life when you’re broke as sh*t but too old to ask your parents for help,” reveals Adam. “It was cool to take it in the studio and let the song lead the way in terms of production… it took an unexpected direction and ended up having a New Orleans feel.”

“Dry Days” and “Cheap Whiskey and Bad Cocaine,” will be available on Friday, July 13.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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