Adam’s debut album, ‘Another Way to Get to Heaven,’ is heartbreakingly beautiful…. I find myself both wanting to hear through the entirety of this album in the same heated rush, and also not wanting to finish listening, forever…”
~ Lorelei Loveride
Singer-Songwriter Adam Smith is a natural. Born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, raised in Cloverlick, Kentucky, and discovered on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Adam is self-taught and naturally inspired to create his moving, original music.
He discovered the piano on his own as a 7-year-old in the sanctuary of the old Baptist church deep in the woods of Cloverlick. Soon he was playing whenever he could, composing tunes by ear—and by sight.
“It was a visual thing for me,” Adam says. “I would see a pattern on the keyboard and play it. I could see shapes in the keys, and the shapes would make music. It was a fun game to me. It still is.”
A visual artist as well as musician, Adam easily combines the two forms.
“To most people, visuals are just visual things, and sounds are just sound things. I’ve been painting and drawing as long as I’ve been making music. I think it runs on the same current. It all comes from the same place.”
It wasn’t until Adam heard Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” album that he began to put lyrics to his songs. “It changed my life and the way I think about and hear music.”
Picking up the guitar and teaching himself to play around the age of 18, he eventually began performing regularly at open mic nights in Knoxville, TN, all the while eking out a living working odd jobs. Following his dreams, he soon made his way to the sidewalks of Nashville, singing for passersby and peddling a 5-song CD he’d manage to record some months earlier. “That was a formative time of my life, when
I gained so much experience and confidence playing in front of an audience. I was horribly nervous, but it wasn’t long before someone noticed me and took me under their wing.”
Adam’s continuing journey led him to the inspiring state of Arizona. Beautiful landscapes and a connection with the artistic and spiritual nature of communities like Sedona and Jerome, as well as major progressive metropolitan markets with tremendous support for the arts like Phoenix, fueled him towards new creative heights and allowed him to expose his music to the masses.
His debut album “Another Way To Get To Heaven” was released in the spring of 2010 to rave reviews, an autobiographical soundscape of songs representing his continuing desire to create and connect with the world around him. Now preparing to release his second album, “Around The Bend,” Adam continues to take his sound in new and inspiring directions. “This record is about a turning point. I wanted to document some things that are shifting in me personally, and some of the changes that are happening to us as a world.”
From his home base in Arizona, Smith has toured and performed for audiences all across the nation, sharing his music at events where he interacts with all his fans directly. “I really love meeting new people and playing my music for them,” notes Smith with a smile. In addition to catching one of his captivating live shows (where he signs CDs for all of his fans), Adam Smith’s music is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and other online retailers. He also continues to create visual art, and several pieces and paintings have been on display in galleries throughout the southwest.
Adam’s passion for helping others is a driving force, as he also lends his creative and performing talents to numerous charitable and community organizations, most notably the Teen Lifeline peer-to-peer suicide prevention hotline in Arizona. Adam donated all the proceeds from his single “A Friend Is A Stranger” to Teen Lifeline, and continues to appear at events and shows benefiting this organization.
A remarkable way to make music, with uniquely emotive results.
This is Adam Smith, a musical visionary, in a very real sense.