Adam James

Adam James

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Adam James is a contemporary, dynamic & exciting country music artist with a fresh take on a familiar sound.

Biography

Adam James is the currently the youngest established Indigenous male country music singer in Australia. He is a prolific song writer with an enthusiasm for making music that transcends genres but he is primarily positioned in the alternative country scene.

His honesty and integrity make him sought out by organisations and corporations looking to partner with a well-respected musician like Adam. His involvement in a project is seen as brand-strengthening. Adam’s contemporary country music is passionate, full of meaning and showcases his joy of life and humanity. His on-stage presence engages an audience and he has a strong following of loyal fans that are prepared to travel to hear him. He delivers to his audience a power-packed performance and narrative that takes them on a journey of nostalgia, enlightenment or joy, depending on the set and song choice.

His music is imprinted with the environment he grew up in from the north coast of NSW to Moreton Bay in Qld and his Stradbroke Island heritage, his passions and life experiences.

Adam is a strong, proud Noonuccal/Goempul man from the Stradbroke Island region in South-East Queensland. His current music features strong, powerful, vibrant and fresh tunes that blend a meld of contemporary alt country with unique folk-rock.

With two full studio albums under his belt in three years and a relentless pursuit of writing, Adam James is a popular songster touring his music around the country.

Adam cites his most impressive gig so far as performing in front of 40,000 people at Parliament House Lawns in Canberra, ACT in January 2011. This event and Adam’s performance was broadcast to an audience of 4 million across Australia and an unknown audience across South East Asia (Australia Network on cable) - Australia Day Concert.

Adam shared this headliner with Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool) [Warner], Gangagang [Inde], Jessica Mauboy (Australian Idol Winner) [Sony/BMG], Stan Walker (Australian Idol Winner) [Sony/BMG], Thirsty Merc (ARIA Winners) [Warner], The McClymonts (CMAA Golden Guitar and ARIA Winners) [Universal] and The Wiggles [ABC].

Children of the Sunrise (Adam’s current single) was chosen as an anthem for Indigenous Australia specifically for this concert. Subsequently, Ian Thorpe - Australia's Gold Medal Olympic Champion swimmer - has chosen Adam's song as
the anthem for his foundation – Fountain for Youth. The Fountain for Youth focuses on advocacy for the needs of children living in great disadvantage in an attempt to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Performance highlights:

June 2012 - APTV Live National Aboriginal Day, Canada

June 2012 - Mohegan Sun Casino, NAISA Conference Connecticut USA

May 2012 - Jimmy Little Tribute Concert, Sydney Operahouse

January 2012 - Tamworth Country Music Festival

Sydney Opera House - Deadly Awards 2010 (Australia's peak, annual Indigenous music, arts, literature and sporting awards ceremony).

As well as performing to a capacity crowd during the event, Adam co-hosted the VIP Sunset Ceremony with National Indigenous Television’s anchor and presenter of
the acclaimed Living Black program.

In 2010, the Deadlys was broadcast nationally through SBS and SBS One.

Other performances…

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival 2011
Brooklyn, New York 2010
NAISA Conference, Arizona 2010
The Australia Feeling Festival, Switzerland 2010
Putalina Aboriginal Festival, Tasmania 2009
The Tamworth Country Music Festival 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
Semaphore Country Music Festival 2008
Woodford Folk Festival 2007, 2008, 2010
The Dreaming Festival 2007, 2008, 2009
The Gympie Muster 2007, 2008, 2010

Nationally Recognised:
2008 National Deadly Award Winner, Best New Talent
2008 Male Country Independent Rising Star Grand Finalist – Australian
independent country music awards Southern Stars
2009 National Deadly Award Male Artist of the year Finalist
2009 Queensland Qmusic Country

Discography

Messages & Memories (Independent 2008)

Adam James: Many Who Pretend (single 2008)

Adam James: The Country Singer (single 2008)

Making Waves: Gadigal Indigenous Songwriters (ABC 2008)

Boys from the Bush: Men of Aussie Country (ABC 2009)

Adam James: Who's Counting Anyway (single, 2009)

Adam James, Children of the Sunrise (Independent 2010)

Adam James, Freedom Now Begins (Single 2010)

Boys from the Bush: Men of Aussie Country 2 (ABC 2010)

Adam James Children of the Sunrise (Single 2011)

Home: A collection of Indigenous Aus Music (Virgin, 2011)

Set List

Adam James Children of the Sunrise album tour show (90minutes):

1. PLACE IN TIME
2. CHILDREN OF THE SUNRISE
3. WHOS COUNTING
4. SIMPLE PLAN
5. MANY WHO
6. OUR LOVE REMAINS
7. AINT NO WAY TO SAY GOOD BYE
8. HOW LONG
9. COUNTRY SINGER
10. AT MY DOOR
11. ANYBODY THERE
12. COUNTRY BLUES
13. OWN BEST FRIEND
14. MUSIC FOR ME
15. FREEDOM NOW BEGINS