Ade Adu

Ade Adu

 Wellsville, New York, USA

The ultimate fusion of rock, folk, pop and hip-hop with a universal appeal to everyone who loves upbeat, melodious and catchy music performed on an acoustic guitar with a smooth yet powerful voice.


Sometimes you just need to be inspired and music is the one universal thing in this world that connects us to one another. Whether it is a nice beat, nice sound or simply a desire to feel like someone understands what you are going through Ade Adu is the man to listen to.

He is not your average singer- songwriter. Born in Buffalo N.Y. he has since lived in West and Southern Africa finally moving back to Western N.Y. where he now resides. When asked how living in other countries has influenced his music he answered. “It helped my music come across as more diverse and more universal as I have a better idea of what kind of music people generally like around the world.” Adu has a smooth voice that has the sound of Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Seal, John Mayer, and Richie Havens. Although he sings a broad range of genres including dance, hip- hop, reggae, rock, euro- beat, contemporary Christian rock he isn’t limited too any genre. He has done rock, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and even jazz on his acoustic guitar.

“Just the passion and non-stop music in my head as I hear melodies and song ideas constantly.” has influenced him greatly in being the musician he is today. The first album that Adu sat down too that made him feel the music was Tracy Chapman’s self –titled debut album and The Cranberries “No Need to Argue” album from 1994. The bands and singers that made him want to pick up a guitar and make his own music are Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley, Baby Face, Dave Matthews Band and Seal.

“I can fill a void in the music industry right now…as a black guy on the acoustic guitar who can do several music styles but with an upbeat pop- dance music for a wide range of music listeners.” says Adu. He is a very dedicated singer who can sing for non-stop hours at a time.

Adu is a highly educated musician with several college degrees in economics, business, and information Technology. He’s a graduate of Alfred State College and Alfred University. As a fellow college student he takes pride in performing at several colleges and being heard on college radio stations.

He is a hard working musician who has played 16-20 hours a week as a solo acoustic performer for the past year and a half. He once played 10 straight nights and up to 9 hours on one occasion. He has performed at various colleges including Daemen College, Niagara University, Alfred University, Cazenovia College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Lemoyne College, St. Bonaventure, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Bradford and more. Locally, he performs regularly at Cojones Cantina, Tortugas Restaurant and Codder’s Sports Bar.

He is a singer/songwriter with potential to create a new sound and unique style that captures attention of record industry executives across the country. He currently performs at colleges, high schools, bars and restaurants playing well known covers and his original songs.

His debut CD entitled “ Winner” which came out August 2010 features his hit original songs “ Come With Me”, “ Be My Girl”,” Living Single”, Life Lessons” and more. The CD was produced by legendary producer Mike Garrrison of Digitek Publishing and has gotten rave reviews from magazines such as UpstateLIVE.

Ade Adu is very passionate about music. “I feel I have what it takes to create and perform to a broader audience than most college performers. I’ve performed for multi- racial audiences playing everything from Johnny Cash to Bob Marley to John Mayer to Dave Matthews to Kanye West to Zac Brown Band. My original music is currently played on Hot AC radio stations lie Power 105.3 in Hornell, NY as it appeals to a mainstream audience. I have a dynamic voice that is powerful yet soothing and it fits with different styles of music. My music is highly rhythmic and melodious at the same time.” said Adu on what his music means to him in his life.

Adu has a website for more information on how to contact him or purchase his music. He is also found on facebook at or on youtube at

We haven’t heard the last from Ade Adu. He will continue to use his voice and universal sound to captivate audiences as much as he can for as long as he can.


Rainbow People

Written By: Ade Adu

I made it rain and pour for 40 days and nights
It took away all that had life
'Cause I had had enough of all the sins and
The plague of darkness that filled the land
But when I saw the pain
I stopped my anger
Never again

Now I say Come de-la-de-da-de
Come de-la-de-da-de, Come de-la-de-da-de
Rainbow People

Since then I made a way
My son I sent to pay
For all the evil and the sins
Opened doors so all can come in
Now when I saw the pain
I stopped my anger
Never again

It don't matter where you come from (3X)
Just live together as one
I made it rain and pour
It took away all life
But when I saw the pain
I stopped my anger
Never again


Set List

Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae
Say Hey(I Love You) by Michael Franti
Airplanes by B.O.B
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Forget You by Cee-Lo Green
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Why Georgia by John Mayer
Message In A Bottle By Sting
What I Got by Sublime
Everlong by Foo Fighters
Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles
Ain't No Sunshine by Otis Redding
Give me One Reason by Tracy Chapman
Hey Jude by The Beattles
No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
1-2-3-4 by The Plain White Ts
All For You by Sister Hazel
Marching Ants by Dave Matthews Band
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
Happy together by The Turtles
Horse With No Name by America
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Time of Your Life by Green Day
Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik
Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
California Dreaming by The Mamas and the Papas
Sweet Home Alabama by L