Adam Blackstone

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Adam Blackstone
Birth name Adam Blackstone
Born (1982-12-04)December 4, 1982
Trenton, New Jersey, United States[1]
Origin United States
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, Musical Director, musician
Instruments Bass, Piano, Keyboard, Drums
Years active 2004 –present
Associated acts Adam Levine, Janet Jackson,[1] Dr. Dre,[2]Jay-Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, The Roots, Questlove, Jill Scott
Website www.adamblackstone.com

Adam Blackstone (born December 4, 1982 in Trenton, NJ) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and bassist. He is currently the musical director for Nicki Minaj and Justin Timberlake. Adam has also directed and played in performances with a star-studded list of cliental that includes Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Janet Jackson,[1] Dr. Dre,[2]The Jonas Brothers, The Roots, Ms.Marilyn Marshall, Al Green, The Isley Brothers , Angie Stone, Mike Posner, Steve Tirpak, Al Jarreau, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, and Jill Scott.[3]

Early years[edit]

Adam began his musical journey playing drums at the age of 4 at El Bethel church on Euclid Avenue in Trenton, NJ. With his father serving as the church organist, and his mother singing in the choir,[4] Blackstone has said he first fell in love with music at church. Though he had his sights set on being a drummer, he began playing bass in the 3rd grade after his music teacher suggested he try it out. He then started playing upright bass in the 9th grade, in order to join his high school jazz band. Blackstone later on earned a full scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia thanks to his musical abilities.[5] It was there that he studied contemporary Jazz and really honed in and perfected his bass playing and arranging skills.

Career[edit]

Adam Blackstone began his career as a session musician in the Philadelphia. After becoming widely known in the area for his round, distinct tone, he caught the attention of drummer and producer Questlove of the well known Hip hop / Soul group, The Roots. His first big live show was at age 21 with Jay Z on his Fade to Black show at Madison Square Garden in November 2003. This show, along with Dave Chappelle's Block Party, were both filmed and made into popular documentaries that sold extremely well, and helped put Blackstone on the map. As he progressed, he became more well known among artists and labels for his tenacity, leadership skills, and hard work. He has since worked with and for several other A-list artists, providing all he can to not only meet, but exceed his clients standards.

In 2012, Adam was the music director and bassist for pop superstar Rihanna on her 777 Tour, which involved playing in 7 countries in 7 consecutive days.

Following his work with the popular American rock band Maroon 5, Blackstone was also featured as an adviser to coach Adam Levine during NBC's season one of The Voice.[6]

In 2014, Blackstone was recruited by Eminem for his comeback show after a 3-year hiatus at the famed Austin City Limits Music Festival. More recently he works with Justin Timberlake as a member and music coordinator of his band formerly known as the Tennessee Kids.[7]

Alongside working with several A-list artists at one time, Adam also runs his own production company with his wife Kaisha, entitled BBE (BASSic Black Entertainment[8]), which features several up and coming pop and R&B acts. Founded in 2008, it thrives mostly as a live music staffing service for these artists. Kaisha Blackstone is the current CFO, while Adam runs the more creative side of the organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "TV Guide". TV Guide. 
  2. ^ a b "Adam Blackstone Coachella". Adam Blackstone Coachella. 
  3. ^ "Adam Blackstone Magic Man". Recording Artists & Performances. 
  4. ^ "Bassist Adam Blackstone shares insights on the music business". For Bass Players Only. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Adam Blackstone University of the Arts to National Acts". Performances. 
  6. ^ "NBC announces Advisors". Adam Blackstone announced advisor on The Voice. 
  7. ^ "Justin Timberlake". Justin Timberlake. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  8. ^ "BASSIC BLACK ENTERTAINMENT Trademark of Blackstone, Adam – Registration Number 4767250 – Serial Number 86300836 :: Justia Trademarks". trademarks.justia.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 

4. www.adamblackstone.com. Official Website