Adam Payne / 2ADAM12

Adam Payne / 2ADAM12

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
SoloR&BAcoustic

Adam Payne has booked over 380 gigs with Sonicbids, and is known for his unique style and crowd interaction. Solo or with full band 2ADAM12, original or covers, he suits many occasions. Adam specializes in creating on-the-spot original songs, vocal/instrumental harmonies and looping arrangements.

Biography

WHO IS ADAM PAYNE?

The problem with rising acoustic talents is that a lot of them sound the same; but there is no mistaking the sultry sounds of Adam Payne. With a smile and sound as big as his afro, Adam entertains full crowds with his fusion of Funk, R&B, Folk, and Acoustic. Theres no denying his musical talentsso the question is, who is he?

Adam is about as eclectic as his sound. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts to an Italian mother and African American father. In the late 80s, Adam and his family moved to Sarasota, Florida. By the age of 8, Adam drew his musical inspiration not from haughty music teachers, such as Mozart or Beethoven, but from Saturday morning cartoons, Sonic the hedgehog and Mario. Adam picked up the piano as he mimicked the music from cartoons and video games. During his senior year of High School he took on the guitar and the drums.

Although music is a major part of who he is, theres much more to him than that. Adam earned a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Statistics and was a founding father of the Eta Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Central Florida. He continued on to earn a M.A. in Industrial Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Payne has shared the show-bill with artists ranging from Ben Harper and The Avett Brothers to The Pharcyde and members of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has collaborated with Artists all over the globe, and lends his writing, production and vocal talents to projects of all kinds, including producing and composing the music for a documentary film about the Rwandan Genocide entitled 'Coexist.'

Adam is also active in the community, and supports a myriad of causes. Payne is the founder of the Benefit for Jane, a cause which raises funds and awareness of Kidney Cancer in honor of his late mother and is sponsored by the Kidney Cancer Association.

On three separate occasions, Adam was featured on CBS Channel 4 Boston's 'Sundays with Liz Walker' and he was also generously recognized in the Boston Globe. Payne was also featured in Sonicbids' 'SonicBlog,' in which he speaks about his success in utilizing Sonicbids as an effective tool for his music career. http://sonicblog.sonicbids.com/adam-payne. In addition, Payne recently attended the MIDEM Music Conference in France on behalf of Sonicbids where he spoke on a panel about brands and their interest in independent artists.

Delta Airlines featured Adam's song "The Way it Goes" on their in-flight radio station and in 'Sky Magazine.'

These days, Adam can be found vibing out solo, or with the full band, 2Adam12.

So who is Adam Payne? Hell make you dance, make you smile, and help you with your homework all in one day. Hes the Northeasts resident father of Soul Rock and hes coming to a venue near you. -Amanda Crump

2ADAM12 (Pronounced 'Two Adam Twelve')

"If the Meters and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers squared off in a petrie dish with Sam Cooke and Ben Harper as referees, they would form the multicellular organism known as 2ADAM12."

"At the border which separates Funk from Rock, there sit 4 gents who come together and deliver a cross-section of something exciting, fresh, and nourishing to the ears. Their name is 2ADAM12..."
R.E. Cheshire, CT

"...2Adam12 brings the same kind of expertise to their music as the Neville Brothers. Which is to say, everything is focused around the groove, which is the paramount ingredient that makes all the other elements work, no matter how disparate they may appear to be"
-Jay Miller, The Patriot Ledger

"The self-titled debut is a musical manifesto for the band's huge sound... The album features a slew of embellishments that brings each track to its highest level. From the chilling Hammond organ on "Passive Aggression" to the ultra-funky horn ensembles on the "If You Want to Love Me," the album utilizes every available tool to heighten the band's sound. While many tracks features guest spots from outside musicians, most of the band's complexity comes from its core."
-Patrick Walsh, The Vanguard

2ADAM12 represents the full band version of Adam Payne's songs with a backdrop of some of the Boston area's best musicians.
2ADAM12 was formed when Adam Payne crossed paths with guitarist Adam Dehner at an open mic in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The two struck up a friendship, and began experimenting with some of Payne's songs. Once the other members were added to the mix, the ease in which it all came together suprised everyone. They mastered Payne's repertoire of originals and a select mix of eclectic covers in no time... Obviously the chemistry was working. Their debut was well received by a large crowd and immediately garnered press. Every show since has seen larger and larger crowds as their fanbase grows and they continue their quest to bring music to the people.

Lyrics

No Regret

Written By: Adam Payne

If you should ever change your mind, look me up, I ain’t that hard to find.
The truth is only time will tell, just for now, it might be just as well.
I agree and will abide, I think your reasons are well justified.

But don’t say this wasn’t meant to be,
No way, don’t make a fool of me,
Because I’ve given you every piece
With no regret.

I want to love you endlessly, but I’d still have to face reality.
My feelings for you haven’t changed, but now I’m certain yours have rearranged.
If you’d just look into my eyes, instead with your head down, you cut all your ties.

Don’t think it wasn’t meant to be,
No way, don’t make a fool of me,
Because I’ve given you every piece
With no…

Now, let’s pretend that everything is as it was, and you love me so,
And things are wonderful, and we’ve no place to go, hand in hand,
Just pretend that everything is peachy keen…

The Way it Goes

Written By: Adam Payne

You see everyday is a little bit different;
Whether you’re eating caviar or a basket of chicken
It’s not the same thing; It’s the little things
That beckon to rearrange.
You might work yourself into a routine
Sticking to a schedule that you think is so mean;
But what you don’t see, is that with subtlety
Slowly it starts to change.

So it’s better for you to just let it go
Because you have no control of where it’s gonna flow
Now that you know for sure don’t worry
Cause the world keeps on turnin
Don’t you carry all your burdens
Better beware, of this I’m certain.

That’s the way it goes
And where it flows nobody knows
It flows on and on and on and on and on.
That’s the way it goes
And where it flows nobody knows
It flows on and on and on and on and on.

This world might seem like it’s right for you
And it’s true, you can do what you want and it’s cool
What you’re negating is that you’re trading
Your comfort for higher ground.
Can’t be sure that your means justify your ends
Cause in the end there ain’t no way to pretend.
So do it right here, and keep your head clear
Because tomorrow might not come around.

So it’s better for you to just let it go
You have no control of where it’s gonna flow
Now that you know for sure don’t worry
The world, it keeps on turnin
Don’t you carry all your burdens
Better beware, of this I’m certain.

That’s the way it goes
And where it flows nobody knows
It flows on and on and on and on and on.
That’s the way it goes
And where it flows nobody knows
It flows on and on and on and on and on.

I Will Wait for You

Written By: Adam Payne

You go ahead and don’t worry about me;
I’ll be fine, if I slip, I can catch my fall.
It’s true, I’m not selfish, I’d rather be lonely;
Than to ever try to keep you from your call.

I would wait forever, long as I know that you’re coming home to me.
What we have is special, can’t you see?

Chorus
I will wait for you
If you want me to;
I’ll be patient,
Go and do what you do,
Me and you will never end.

Please! Don’t question what you’re dealin’
Can’t deny such a fine opportunity.
We can make it, I can’t shake this feeling
Deep inside that we were meant to be.

I would wait forever, long as I know that you’re coming home to me.
What we have is so special, can’t you see?

Chorus (x2)

I’ll be patient,
Go and do what you do,
Me and you, we ain’t through;
There are few like us two,
And our dreams we can pursue…

All over, and over, and over…
Again.

Give it

Written By: Adam Payne

Why won’t you give it when you know I need it?
I want it so bad.
I need it so bad.
Why won’t you tell me when you know I’m ready?
I want it so bad.
I need it so bad.

Give it to me one time and I won’t stop.
Give it to me twice, ‘dem have call de cops.
If you give it, can you give it and make me back pop
Umma give it to you, give it and make the wind drop.

No time is too tough
And one time is not enough
But two time come too fast
Anything more, better make it last.

And me don’t want anything more, no more!
And me don’t want anything more, no more!

Why won’t you give it when you know I need it?
I want it so bad.
I need it so bad.
Why won’t you tell me when you know I’m ready?

Totally Hands Freeman

Written By: Adam Payne

He’s totally fine, he’s one of a kind, he’s online, he’s
Totally Hands Freeman
Got no time for the normal bump and grind, he fine, he
Totally Hands Freeman
No superstition, don’t need to watch no television, he
Totally Hands Freeman
Got no time for the normal bump and grind, he fine, he
Totally Hands Freeman

If there ever was a soul
Who said fuck it to goals;
I’d rather burrow mine blow for blow
It’s him.

He’s on a higher wave,
He’s my fav,
I’d put my money on him on a whim.

‘Cause he knows just what to do.

CHORUS

He truly is a site to see, believe me when I say that
He’s no ordinary average ‘G’ he handles his precisely to a ‘T.’
He is necessarily absolutely necessary
Where others are necessitous, he’s the necessity
He’s key, y’all.

And he knows just what to do.
And he knows just what to do.

CHORUS

Now he don’t need no limbs or hands to carry on his plans
The man can handle
All the tasks before him while he reclines in some shorts and sandals
Diggin in the sand;
I’m certain he’s the man, I never met a brother who could multitask and
Command like he can
With a simple plan
Always delegate and empower
Don’t waste your time micromanaging; you’ll be there for hours
See ‘cause he epitomizes what a man can do pursuing liberty
Totally Hands…

Let Me In

Written By: Adam Payne

Let’s take this moment to delve into something more.
Grant me full access, down to your core.
I’m outside, waiting for you to open up the door to me;
The contingency rests on your shoulders.

Chorus
If you want me to love you, then you have got to let me in.
If you want me to give it up for you then you’ve got to let me in.

One more time I try and probe for the truth.
And once more, you side-step, what can I do?
You say that everything is fine, but I don’t believe you.
What must I do for you to let me in?

Chorus x 2

I have done all I can from my end so enough of it
(If you want me to love you)
No excuses could ever supercede
(If you want me to give it up)
I would die for you, I’d provide for you,
I’d do anything; pull in the tide for you.
Still inside of you something is hiding
There can be no denying,
You’ve got to let me in.

Smile in Silence

Written By: Adam Payne

Smile in Silence

Calling out; a voice calling out.
Only to be received to no avail, well why?
It’s hard to grasp the concept laying right beneath the surface;
If I can’t show myself, what makes it worth it?

CHORUS
But I know the truth.
I do not like it but I try to play it cool.
I can’t go on this way forever;
In your pain I feel you
And in your happiness…
Overjoyed, hard to conceal
But I can’t show you how I feel
So I smile in silence.

Out of hand; I get so out of hand.
Sometimes I go too far discouraging your pride.
It seems my firm devotion suffocates your self-composure.
This inverse reinforcement fosters closure.

CHORUS
That’s why I know the truth.
I think it’s best for me to try to play it cool.
I have already come so far and
I think that I now see the meaning
And I can’t deny that
It’d never last, there can be no unity
I’ll just have to let it be…

Why won’t you stay with me tonight?
Just look into my eyes and let me live once more!
In your pain I feel you
Oh in your happiness…
Overjoyed, hard to conceal
But I can’t show you how I feel…

Discography

Albums:
Formalities (2012)
Loose Ends (2011)
The Quelling (2009)
2ADAM12 (2007)
Just Me (2006)

Singles:
Supernova (2013)
Coexist (2010)
Colder Now (2010)
Chiclets in My Pocket (2009)

Set List

Adam has an extensive list of original songs in his catalog, and covers artists ranging from America to A Tribe Called Quest. Adam is able to meet the durational demands desired by a specific venue, and is often light on taking breaks during a performance.

2ADAM12 offers high-energy, danceable original music from Adam Payne's repertoire, with a good mix-in of eclectic covers and crowd pleasers. With over 5 hours of material, 2ADAM12 is ready to mash up the place.