OURAY – John Adams will be loving the sunshine on his shoulders when he comes to Ouray on Saturday, Sept. 6 for a tribute performance of John Denver’s music a the Wright Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Adams, who was born and lives in Holland, was inspired by the 1972 hit song “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” and has spent his life since then learning and performing the music of John Denver, as well as following in the artist’s footsteps as a humanitarian and environmentalist. Adams has traveled all over the world performing such songs as “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Calypso,” Annie’s Song,” and of course the signature anthem “Rocky Mountain High.” He even appeared on a television special once in a duet with Denver, in the U.S. debut of “Whispering Jesse.”
In addition to his musical work, Adams was influenced by Denver’s love for children and nature as well as his commitment to world peace and ending hunger. Following his mentor’s example, Adams became an ambassador for Ronald McDonald Children’s Homes and worked for seven years as an elementary and high school teacher for UNICEF, helping to increase awareness among children about other children outside their own world.
Since Denver’s passing, Adams has committed himself to keeping Denver’s music alive. “I will continue John’s musical legacy as long as I am able to sing and perform it,” Adams said.