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Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 01:12

“I know everyone says, ‘without it I wouldn’t be able to live,’ but seriously, it’s true,” lead singer for the band One Step Away and UNH junior Adam Carrington said. 

When he’s not in class or doing homework, Carrington is writing songs for One Step Away. 

After taking a year off to redefine its music, the band is now ready to drop its latest EP and impress its fans once again.

Looking back to where it all started, Carrington was very young when he found himself singing around the house and not being able to stop. It was a passion, which pushed him to the idea of participating in the third grade talent show.

“I would just not stop singing around the house, and I just loved it,” Carrington said. 

Going into high school, Carrington decided to join musical theater.

“At first he was really shy about it,” Anna Scapicchio, a junior at UNH, and a longtime friend of Carrington, said. “Once he got more comfortable singing in front of people, I definitely thought he was going to do something with it. … he was really talented.”

Musical theater was also where he met his current band mates, Terence Healy and Ben Trudeau. After declaring themselves One Step Away in 2006, the young boy band was ready.

 At the Boston Music Festival in 2008, One Step Away received the alternative rock genre award for the performance of original songs. 

A few years later, the group went on to play shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. In 2010 One Step Away met with some producers to create their first album.

According to website Last.fm, “The resulting album, ‘For the Broken,’ has One Step Away poised on the brink of the big time.” 

 By 2011, One Step Away was offered a chance to be part of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in Las Vegas. The live concert raised $61.5 million in six hours, according to an article written in International Business Times.

The band was invited in 2012 to play at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., for a summer concert known as the Kiss Concert, thrown by radio station Kiss 108. One Step Away was able to sing the day away with artists Adam Lambert, Gym Class Heroes, Carly Rae Jepsen and Flo Rida

The group has an impressive fan base and 13,808 likes on the One Step Away Facebook page. Even though many fans express their love, one of their biggest fans – according to Carrington – is a girl named Luka Hummel from the Netherlands. She reaches out to the band often to remind them of her love.

“Thank you so much for everything, guys! You changed my life,” Hummel said in a recent post.

With all of the opportunities that continue to come the band’s way, Carrington finds it hard to balance music and school. 

Now that he is in his junior year at UNH, he wants to spend more time on music.

“Music is the majority of my life; school is definitely second,” Carrington said.

When describing what music means to him, Carrington makes it simple.

“It’s kind of like a diary,” he said. “I turn to music for everything.” He describes it as relaxing, therapeutic and fun.

Within the past year, though, the band has been reshaping its music.

“As we got older and went through life changes, so did our music,” Healy, the guitarist for the band, said.

Carrington explained that right now they are writing a lot and have been using an EP they made this past summer to promote themselves within the industry. 

In the meantime, they are continuing to write more songs.

“Not because we have to, we like to,” Carrington said. 

As the band waits to hear back from various representatives in the industry about contracts, Carrington made a statement that seemed to sum up his feelings for music: “I could do it forever.”

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