Adam Baxter
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Adam Baxter

Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter




"Up and Down the Scale"

Aside from hosting a weekly songwriters’ showcase in downtown St. John’s, he’s a singer/songwriter, performer, Memorial University student, kids’ birthday party host and music teacher on the side.
Adam Baxter’s next immediate goal is to release a CD.
Baxter moved to St. John’s in 2004 to study music at MUN, graduating with a degree in classical guitar in 2010. Because of his extensive background working with children at various summer camps and recreational programs, he decided to return to Memorial to do music education. After he graduates in 2013, he wants to work in the public school system in Newfoundland.
Last week Baxter released a new original single “I Call This Home,” a song about Middleton, N.S., where he grew up.
“I do a lot of recording. I like learning and playing various different instruments and I try to use whatever I have at my disposal,” he says.
At the moment that includes his voice, guitar, cello and trumpet, all used on the new song, recorded in his home studio.
A songwriter since 2002, the 29-year-old has toured Eastern Canada twice, the Maritimes five times and Newfoundland once as a solo performer.
“I do have a band right now, but I still perform solo quite a bit.”
The band Tall Tales, formed in March, features Baxter on guitar and vocals; Amanda Stellisano, piano and vocals; Jordon Pinksen, drums; and Ryan Taylor on bass.
“We’ve played a few shows, but we’re trying not to overplay ourselves because we don’t want to kill our crowd, which could easily happen.”
The band’s next booking is at the Oct. 28 MusicNL conference at the Delta.
Tall Tales performs Baxter’s original songs flavoured with donations from fellow band members.
“We’ve all come together and arranged them for the group. Even though I wrote the chord progressions and the vocals, Amanda wrote her own piano parts and vocal parts, Ryan came in with his own bass lines, Jordan came up with his own drums. The whole arrangement of where the song goes is something we’ve all done together.”
There’s quite a difference between the solo arrangements and the band’s arrangements, he says.
“I think it’s nice to know you’re not writing novelty songs that can only be done in one specific fashion. It makes me feel really good in the sense that you can write songs that can transcend arrangements and perhaps even transcend genres.”
With so much non-stop music being produced and greater public accessibility to music these days it would seem more difficult to make a musical mark that will leave an impression.
Baxter agrees.
“Especially with the world of communications being cut down so much as the Internet has done, where you’re exposed to so much more than just what’s on the radio or what you order from Columbia House, it’s pretty difficult to stand out.”
But he sees using a variety of instruments as one way of capturing attention.
“And that involves getting a lot of people together and making it homogenous. I think the popularity of guitar/bass/drums/vocals thing was huge 50-60 years ago with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, when that really took off. That orchestration or arrangement, even though it has seen leaps and bounds of diversity ... maybe it’s now time to put some new instruments in there. There are so many instruments that are so accessible ... why not use them and try and make them work to do some new and inventive things. There are some great records out there right now that are using a lot of different orchestrations for different instrumentation.”
He feels even with the addition of brass, woodwinds and double-reed instruments the musical possibilities are endless.
“Those instruments are commonly used in high school band programs. You can easily find these anywhere, especially in the city.”
When it comes to his own style, Baxter says he’s unable to explain it, particularly since he’s recently completely changed what he does.
“Honest — that’s the only thing I can come up with.”
Though he’s released digital records, with the demands of school and work he doesn’t have a physical record as yet. But he’s hoping that’s somewhere in his near future.
“Even if it’s just five songs. I don’t really care about getting the songs to a label, I care about playing as much of my music as I can for as many people as I can,” he says. - Lillian Simmons from The Telegram 20/10/11

"“Old White House” by Adam Baxter"

“Old White House” by Adam Baxter

Singer/songwriter Adam Baxter is another RPM veteran who’s back for his fourth consecutive year. This year’s album, Rainbow and Arrow, is a collection of stripped down songs delivered primarily by acoustic guitar, vocals and a little trumpet. Despite the sparse instrumentation, the album has a surprisingly full sound with Adam’s powerful voice and classical guitar techniques. According to Baxter’s RPM profile, this is his most personal and personally pleasing album to date. Today’s track, “Old White House”, certainly sounds like it could be a page torn from his own life, but its themes of loss and leaving are ones any listener can relate to. The first time I heard this one it struck a chord with me and seemed like it could have been written about some recent events in my own life. Such is the nature of a well-written song and the gift of a skilled songsmith. Well done Adam. -


2008 - Fair Thee Well Tomorrow (Independent)
2009 - Rest, A Shore (Independent)
2010 - Songs in Slow Motion (Independent)
2011 - Rainbow and Arrow (Independent)
2014 - Branches EP (Independent)



       Raised on a dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Singer/songwriter Adam Baxter relocated to Newfoundland in 2004 to study music at Memorial University. Soon after his relocation, Baxter realized his undeniable love for two things; Music and Newfoundland. In 2005, Baxter started performing multiple times per week in St. John's, quickly establishing himself as a hard working and prolific songwriter. In this time, he performed with notable Canadian artists such as: The Arkells, Protest The Hero, King Nancy, Jim Cuddy, Sarah Slean, Alexisonfire, Tim Chaisson, Andrew James O'Brien, The Novaks and Sherman Downey. He has successfully completed the RPM Challenge from 2008 - 2011 and has been a feature artist at the MusicNL conference in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Adam won the prestigious O'Reilly's Open Mic Competition taking home the grand prize, a brand new 2012 FIAT 500 car! He eventually completed the Bachelor of Classical music degree, focusing in music theory and composition and then completed the Bachelor of Music Education program. Quickly following the completion of his music education degree, he moved to Springdale, NL to further his career as a high school band director. Since the relocation to Central Newfoundland, Baxter has kept up with his music releasing the single, "Comin' Back For Ya", which received acclaim from Newfoundland's OZFM by landing a spot in the Top 100 songs of 2013.





Branches EP - 2014

Rainbow and Arrows- 2011

Songs in Slow Motion - 2010

Rest, A Shore - 2009

Fair Thee Well Tomorrow - 2008

14 Ways to Meet Girls - 2000 (The Lewinskys)

The Lewinskys S/T- 1999 (The Lewinskys)


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ICQ - 34816977




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