A recovering drug addict has made it through to the finals of a national singing competition.
Adam Norrie lost a promising music career to his addiction, which he claims spanned ‘10 dark years’ of his life.
But today, he says, his life has sunshine again, after he got clean at Sheffield rehab centre Phoenix Futures.
And now Adam is on a mission to show that his talent doesn’t hinge on his drug use.
“We see so much addiction in the music industry,” explained Adam, aged 36.
“It’s really important to me to prove that I can do this clean and sober, my talent and creativity don’t need drugs.”
Ten years ago Adam was living in America, playing gigs with his band Fanzine to 50,000 people a night, supporting the likes of Cypress Hill, Evanescence, The Cult, The Specials and Staind.
But Adam was hiding a secret - he had picked up an expensive Class A drug addiction that was quickly spiralling out of control. In 2003, when the band was on the verge of a major record deal with EMI, things fell apart.
“I was devastated,” said Adam. “For a long time I used that as an excuse. I moved back to England and spent the next nine years abusing drugs and being miserable. I nearly died twice in that time. One day I decided I needed to sort my life out.”
Adam has now been in recovery for 18 weeks in Sheffield, and it was his key worker who recommend he enter the national Re:Cover music competition, which offers people with a passion for music the opportunity to communicate their experiences of addiction.
Adam said: “I can see it so clearly now. We lost that contract because of my drug abuse, but I know now that if we had got it, I would be dead today.
“Music is playing a big part in my therapy and it’s lovely to be singing and writing again, feeling happy and free. That makes me feel better than any substance ever did.”
Vote for Adam by visiting phoenix-futures.org.uk/recover to hear his music.