Adie Grey has been in the music business since kindergarten.
"My Grandpa, Bill Lava, wrote music for movies and TV shows, so I sang my first demo for him at the age of 5. It was a tune he wrote for the Bugs Bunny show and I hear it every now and then on the Cartoon Network; he paid me off with a Martin ukulele that I still use sometimes in the studio. Grandpa Bill was the inspiration for my song "Grandpa's Advice" that's been featured on the CarTalk radio program and on their anthology CD. I've always been interested in a real variety of musical styles and, being born and raised in Los Angeles, I had the chance to try my hand at most of them. I think being adaptable like that has been really helpful to me. I've had the chance to sing in a country band with Albert Lee, with blues and R&B acts like Albert King & Hank Ballard, in Reverend James Cleveland's choir and I even got to work with the great jazz singer Diane Shur. L.A. is a music industry town, so I got my "chops" together doing commercials and sound-alikes for radio and TV; I even worked on a project with my friend Vonda Shepard as part of a girl background group that included Bonnie Raitt and Chaka Khan. Maybe it's because I started so early, but, instead of being intimidated by working with all those great people, I found it really inspiring, especially when I started writing my own songs."
Adie moved to Nashville in 1989 to pursue songwriting full time."This town is very supportive of people working on their own music, whatever the style, and a lot of the music that inspires me like blues and gospel, bluegrass and folk, comes from the south originally, so it only made sense to move here.
It's been a lot of fun so far; I've been on recording projects with Pam Tillis and Martina McBride and I've been able to get great people like Jo-El Sonnier, John Hartford and Wynonna Judd to come play on my records. Nashville is a town that's also full of people most folks have never heard of, but who are really as good as any musicians in the world, so you can't help but get better at playing music if you live here."
Since 1994, Adie has released 2 critically acclaimed albums; Brand New Old Time Music, which Sing Out said, "...sounds like few (if any) other singer-songwriter recordings, with it's refreshing old-fashioned approach, entertaining songs, and high quality musicianship" and Grandpa's Advice (which spent a summer on the Gavin Americana top 40 charts and was issued in the UK on Demon Records) were both co-produced with husband Dave MacKenzie for Hey Baby! Records."
As for the future, who knows? In addition to my songwriting and various other musical activities, I've also been the coordinator for the Blues in the Schools program here in Nashville and have done a lot of community-oriented volunteer work, so I haven't had much time to spend on the road lately. I've got a feeling that's about to change, though, when I get my new record out. I'm very excited about it; I've got a lot of new songs that I'm really proud of. The overall sound is going to stay acoustic but I'm going to vary the rhythm sections and throw in one or two styles that I haven't had a chance to record before. This time, for example, I couldn't come up with a good Irish drinking song, so I'm going to include a jazz samba instead."
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