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who is adam payne?

There is no mistaking the sultry sounds of Adam Payne. By the age of 8, Payne 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 drums, and later in college, he picked up the guitar. Payne has shared the show-bill with the Avett Brothers, Slim Kid Tre from the Pharcyde, Ghost Face Killa, Ben Harper and other notable performers.  He has collaborated with Artists all over the globe, and lends his writing, production and vocal talents to projects across many genres 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, Payne was featured on CBS Channel 4 Boston’s ‘Sundays with Liz Walker’ and he was also generously recognized in the Boston Globe. In addition, Payne attended the MIDEM Music Conference in Cannes, France where he spoke on a panel about brands and their interest in independent artists.

These days, Adam can be found vibing out solo, or with full band 2ADAM12.  His solo show is always entertaining, with Adam making up songs on the spot with words from the audience, doing on-the-fly guitar, vocal, and percussion loop arrangements, or simply delivering the message of an original tune or eclectic cover. The full band (2ADAM12) presents some of the finest players in the Greater Boston area, with pieces ranging from the standard four to the gargantuan eight.  No matter the line-up, an Adam Payne show is surely one to remember.  So who is Adam Payne? He’ll make you dance, make you smile, and help you with your homework all in one day. He’s the Northeast’s resident father of Soul Rock and he’s coming to a venue near you. 

-Amanda Crump. 

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