Adam Barta

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Adam Barta
Birth name Adam Steven Barta
Born September 21, 1979 (1979-09-21) (age 35)
Bronx, New York
Genres Pop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, actor
Instruments Vocals

Adam Steven Barta (born September 21, 1979), known professionally as Adam Barta, is an actor, Billboard Top 20 club dance musician,[1] and singer-songwriter from Bronx, New York. He is widely known for his duets with reality stars and media personalities such as Honey Boo Boo, Margaret Cho, Octomom, Tan Mom, Jonah Falcon and many more. He originally gained notoriety for his chart topping music videos on the Logo network, notably claiming the title of the #1 "Ultimate Sexiest Music Video" on their "Click List Countdown" for "Standing in the Rain".[2] He is also known for his collaborations with artists like Kathy Sledge (of Sister Sledge) and over the top music videos featuring stars such Lisa Lampanelli;[3] often landing him in the press on sites such as TMZ.[4][5][6] [7]

Acting career[edit]

Barta started off his career doing off-Broadway theatre. One of his most noted roles was playing Tash in Befriending Beau, alongside Eric Millegan.[8] He had also appeared in several television shows and films following his success from his role in Befriending Beau. In 1999, Barta appeared in the Comedy Central series, Strangers with Candy.[9]

In 2012, he filmed scenes for his music video "Q&A" with "Celebrity Apprentice's" Lisa Lampanelli at the Night of a Thousand Gowns, in NYC, where he also was a headliner with her.[10] He also filmed an unaired episode of the show NY Ink for TLC in December where he met Ro Bear, who co-starred with him in the "Q&A" music video as well.[11]

Music career[edit]

Adam's first single, "I Wanna Hold You", was produced by Mike Rizzo and was picked up on Abercrombie & Fitch's official playlist [12] in stores throughout the country, EsNtion Records took notice and signed Adam to a record deal for which his first single was "Standing in the Rain", with DJ Russ Harris.

His music video hit the Number 1 spot on Logo's Click List in August,[13] was one of the top 10 videos of 2007,[13] he was named favorite Click List artist of 2007 [13] and made #96 on’s Hot 100 for 2008.[14] His video was also picked up internationally on Canada’s Only Dance Channel, bpm:tv.[15] The music video for "Standing in the Rain" premiered October 1, 2008 on Logo network's new mainstream dance/pop show "Pop Lab", hosted by Solange and Lady Gaga. Adam hosted the Spring Break episode of Pop Lab, on March 11.[16]

In September 2009, his music video for "Standing in the Rain" was voted in the #1 spot on Logo's Ultimate Sexiest Music Video Countdown, beating out Lady Gaga and Kelly Rowland.[17]

The music video for "VIP" was filmed in December 2009 and contains cameos from The Real World: Hollywood's Nick Brown, Project Runway's Nicholas Putvinski, Michael Musto, Reina, and more. It premiered on Pop Lab on Logo on April 13, 2010,[17] In the Summer of 2010, "Standing in the Rain" was added to the official selection of "fist pumping beats" from the Jersey Shore cast on New York's Z100.[18] "VIP" was featured on the premiere of season 6 episode of The Bad Girls Club and also on The Real World: Las Vegas.[19][20] In January 2011, he was featured on the show "Face to Face" with Ke$ha on the HERE! Network, although the two did not film together.[21]

His next single was with Kathy Sledge (lead singer of Sister Sledge), a dance song produced by Mike Rizzo and Mr. Mig, called "Give Yourself Up (to the music)". It was released on June 14 on Ingrooves/Universal Dist. and Kathy Sledge made an appearance and performed on Oprah in April to promote it.[22] In September, the song debuted on the Billboard club chart at #45*.[23] The song broke Top 20 the week of October 22. In August, he filmed a music video starring reality celebrities Kim Granatell of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey", Miguel Allure from "Jerseylicious", Tonye 'Tone Tone' Albanese from "Cake Boss", Jack Mackenroth from "Project Runway", and Robin Kassner from "Millionaire Matchmaker". The video featured Kathy Sledge's daughter Kristin, which TMZ broke.[4] In May 2012 he released the music video for his single "Q&A" featuring Lisa Lampanelli, Michael Musto, Ro Bear (from NY Ink), Hailey Glassman, Kerry Schwartz, Tone Tone (from Cake Boss), Harry Legg, JC Alvarez, Ryan Nikulas (from A-List NY on Logo).

Shortly after in June, he signed with Gina Rodriguez of DD Entertainment. It was then announced he would be heading into the recording studio for a new single with Nadya Suleman (Octomom), after she appeared in an alternate cut of the "Q&A" music video where she was heard saying "let's do a duet.. on my new album"!.[24] He recorded with Nadya on June 20, at Audiomaxx Studios in Cherry Hill, NJ. The song was produced by Mr. Mig and Mike Rizzo. The duo then began popping up everywhere together doing press.[25] Adam's song with Nadya Suleman (Octomom) was supposed to be called "Meet Me on the Dance Floor" and release in August on Global Groove Entertainment. Adam went on "TMZ Live" in July 2012 to promote the song and talk about what it was like to record with Octomom.[26]

In August, TMZ released the controversial CD cover featuring Adam holding Octomom's breasts while she is wearing a rosary on a bed, surrounded by crosses. The pair claimed they were inspired by "Madonna". The new release date for the single was also announced as September 4, 2012 and the name was changed to "Sexy Party".[27] The song received mix reviews, with critics slamming the overtly sexy lyrics and heavily autotuned effects on the song.[28] In November, he released another song "I Need A Doctor", after Nadya went into rehab, claiming it was written for her.[29] Rumors also began circulating that Adam was Octomom's new boyfriend.[30]

In October, he engaged in a heated debate for the online website with Angelina Pivarnick from "Jersey Shore" where he defended gay marriage.[31][32] JWOWW came to his defense slamming Angelina, who later made a public apology.[33] Then, in December, he released a single with Angelina called "Serendipity", which the pair said was to promote equality. The song was produced by Billboard producers The Majik Boys.[34]

Barta at Gay Pride in Washington D.C. in 2013

In Spring of 2013 he starred in three viral music videos. The music video for "Serendipity" was met with heavy criticism being called "the world's worst music video".[35] He also starred in Tan Mom"s music video which was also called "the worst [music] video ever.".[36] His music video with Jonah Falcon for their song "It's Too Big" was featured on VH1's "Best Week Ever".[37] He appeared twice on the Howard Stern show, with both Tan Mom and Jonah, in which Howard declared he was "making a niche" for himself in entertainment.[38] In Summer of 2013 he released a parody of the George Michael & Aretha Franklin duet "Knew You Were Waiting for Me", called "You Seemed Shady to Me" with Pandora Boxx from RuPaul's Drag Race, which hit #46 on the iTunes Comedy Charts.[39][40] He also released a song with Tan Mom which he was featured on called "Life of the Party", which E! News called "bizzare".[41] He then also released a song and music video with Myla Sinanaj called "I'm No Angel".[42] He also released yet another controversial song with Sydney Leathers called "Weinerizer", which was centered around Leather's illicit sexting affair with NYC mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner.[43]

In January 2014 he released a song "Justified" with Toby Sheldon, dedicated to Justin Bieber.[44]

In February 2014, he release the single "See U Next Tuesday" with comedienne Margaret Cho. It hit the top 75 on the iTunes comedy singles chart.[45]

In February 2015 it was announced he was releasing a new song and music video called "Movin Up" with Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo) and her sister Pumpkin. [7]


1) See U Next Tuesday (with Margaret Cho) - Aquetra Records - 2014 (written by Adam Barta and Margaret Cho)

1) Superficial - Aquetra Records - 2013 (written by Charlie Mason, Rob Curti, Richard Hymas)

2) I'm No Angel - Reality Star Records - 2013 (written by Adam Barta)

3) Life of the Party - Reality Star Records - 2013 (written by Adam Barta, Patricia Krentcil)

4) You Seemed Shady to Me - Aquetra Records - 2013 (written by Adam Barta, Michael Steck)

5) It's Too Big - Aquetra Records - 2013 (written by Adam Barta, Daniel Volpe, Jonah Falcon)

6) Serendipity - Aquetra Records - 2012 (written by Adam Barta, The Majik Boys)

7) I Need A Doctor - iKRAZI Music - 2012 (written by Adam Barta, KC Styles, LA Kid)

8) Sexy Party - Global Groove - 2012 (written by Adam Barta, Mr. Mig, Nadya Suleman)

9) Q&A - Aquetra Records - 2012 (written by Adam Barta, Mr. Mig)

10) Give Yourself Up - Ingrooves/Universal - 2011 (written by Adam Barta, Mr. Mig, Mike Rizzo and Kathy Sledge) (Billboard Top 20 Club Dance Hit)

11) VIP - Aquetra Records - 2009 (written by Adam Barta and Mysto and Pizzi)

12) Standing in the Rain - EsNtion Silver - 2008 (written by Russ Harris)

13) I Wanna Hold You - Aquetra Records - 2006 (written by Mike Rizzo and Mike Guerriero)

14) Dirty Girls - Aquetra Records - 2005 (written by Adam Barta)

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Hit #46 on the iTunes Comedy Charts for his parody "You Seemed Shady to Me"
  • Appeared twice on the Howard Stern show, with Tan Mom and Jonah Falcon
  • Had a Top 20 Billboard club hit with Kathy Sledge for his song "Give Yourself Up" [1]
  • Hosted Spring Break week on MTV Logo's hit music show, "Pop Lab", following host Beyoncé the week prior [46]
  • MTV's hit show "Jersey Shore" named "Standing in the Rain" as one of their official fist pumping beats on New York's hit music station, Z100 (see reference above)
  • "Standing in the Rain" was the #1 voted "Ultimate Sexiest Music Video" on LOGO's Click List Countdown in September 2009.* [47]
  • Headlined in the 2010 and 2012 Market Days in Chicago, along with Blake Lewis from American Idol, and Joan Jett, and was called "best of" by Time Out Chicago [48]
  • New York Times named him a "notable New Yorker" in an October (2008) Travel edition [49]
  • Hit the #1 spot on MTV LOGO network’s Click List in August 2007, alongside Justin Timberlake and Hilary Duff for "I Wanna Hold You". "Standing in the Rain" peaked at number 6 on the Click List countdown.[50] He was also voted favorite Click List artist of 2007[50] and named in the Hot 100 celebrities for 2008 on's exclusive list.[14] Hit the #2 spot on bpm:tv's Top 20 Countdown with Louie La Vella in January 2009.[15]


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