Adam Randal Young, born on July 5, 1986, began creating music in his parents' basement while suffering from insomnia, giving him the inspiration to begin writing his own music. At the time, he was working loading trucks for UPS in Owatonna, Minnesota. Under the name Owl City, he developed a MySpace following and self-released two albums. His second album 'Maybe I'm Dreaming,' released in 2008, reached #20 on the Billboard Electronic Albums Chart, despite not having been released by a major record company. His debut album 'Of June,' released the year before, peaked at #16 on the same chart. In 2009, Young signed a deal with the record company Universal Republic.
He scored 'To The Sky' which is in Zach Snyder's (director of 300 and Watchmen) 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of GaHoole' motion picture soundtrack and made the radio hit 'Fireflies.'