Mashable features Owl City today in celebration of the release of his new single “Deer in the Headlights” from his upcoming album All Things Bright and Beautiful out June 14th on Universal Republic.  The site is premiering an exclusive video of Owl City’s Adam Young giving a short tour of his hometown: Owatonna, MN.  The video is part of a short series where Adam chooses different locations and shares personal stories of his life before Owl City became a platinum selling hit artist. The rest of the series can been seen on Owl City’s innovative new Galaxy application which Mashable also got the scoop on.  Get a sneak peek of the article below, and check it out in full here:

Owl City Adds Life Experience To New Album But Stays True To Roots [VIDEO]

Owl City’s Adam Young might have hit the proverbial “big time” in 2009 when his single “Fireflies” started climbing the charts, but the young musician is still undoubtedly a hometown boy.

“I got a house of my own, but still in my little hometown called Owatonna (in Minnesota),” Young says. “Until two years ago I was living in my parents’ basement. My new house is a mile from their house. It’s the right place for me, for sure. Somebody only really has one hometown and that’s mine.”

The above video, exclusive today to Mashable, features Young tooling around his old school. “It was a fun revisit for me, because I’m from a really small town and a really small school,” he says. “I’m really shy so I was never really much of a popular person back then.”

In high school, Young mowed lawns for two summers to raise the cash to buy an acoustic guitar, which set off his obsession with music. “I wanted to use this thing as a tool that would take me places,” he says. “We never really did the whole family vacation thing that a lot of people do, so my escape was always through music, so this acoustic guitar was the first cruise ship for me — my first time on an airplane. My first escape.” ….


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