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Walt's Look Around: Mississippi musical talent

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There has never been a shortage of musical talent in Mississippi. We have blues artist and rock and country, but a young man from Fannin has taken on opera. And last Monday night he took on all sorts of songs here in Jackson.

The auditorium was packed to capacity at Duling Hall as Mississippi Opera put on another of their Cabaret nights. John Christopher Adams was the featured performer. His friends call him Chris. And he had a room full of friends.

"You know it’s going to be a good night when after the first song there is a standing ovation already," said Chris. "Something like, ‘Sit down. Don’t let me peak too soon!’"

Chris has been performing since high school. He had never considered his talent and ability. It was teachers who noticed.

"My theatre teacher and my choir teacher, both heard something in me I didn’t quite know was there,"said Chris. "I was trying to play football and all this other stuff; Auditioned for the musical Hello Dolly when I was in 8th grade and actually got cast in the chorus in that. I was just doing it because it was fun. 9th grade didn’t try out for anything. 10th grade I started getting leads in the show and then it kind of took off from there."

Chris has studied in places like The Cincinnati Music Conservatory and performed with the Mississippi Opera, in the Natchez festival of Music, with opera companies in Chicago and Seattle numerous times, and all over Europe in Porgy and Bess, but most days you will find him here, behind his desk at State Farm Insurance.

It’s been nice having what I call a real job," said Chris. "Because when you get out there and you are traveling so much and you are singing for all these companies but you don’t quite know when the next gig is coming, it kind of makes you nervous. And you know, I like food."

As for aspiring singers out there, Chris advises give it a shot, you never know.

I’ll tell anybody, get out there and try it," added Chris. "You’re going to get way more “no’s” than you get “yes’s.” But you have to take it all in stride and those tough moments of NO make the YES’S that much better.

And the standing ovations you get from your home-town friends makes all the study, all the training, all the time away from home on the road, worth it. 

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