Adam Fredric Duritz (born August 1, 1964) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He is best known for his role as frontman and vocalist for the rock band Counting Crows, in which he is a founding member and principal composer of their catalogue of songs.
Duritz has recorded solo material of his own and collaborated with other musical acts, leading him to branch out as the owner of at least two record labels, acting as his own A&R man. His work scoring music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notably with an award for co-writing the song “Accidentally in Love” for the movie Shrek 2 from BMI.
Duritz’s lyrics have been described as “morose” and “tortured” and as “wordy introspection” and his vocals “expressive.” He also suffers from depersonalization disorder, which he describes as “a dissociative disorder, which makes the world seem like it’s not real,” which contributes to the length of time between albums and the inspiration for many of his lyrics.