(Musician, Music Director)
On TV, radio or at a live concert at your favorite stadium, the Adam Blackstone sound has certainly permeated your eardrums. Blackstone is not only a multi-faceted bass player, musician, Emmy nominated Music Director and Grammy award winning writer, he is the musical mastermind behind the live shows of many of today’s biggest artists.
He has served as the Musical Director for acts such as Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Eminem and recently he cultivated the live 20/20 Experience and Super Bowl 52 Halftime Show alongside Justin Timberlake. With each new endeavor these artists become family and fall in love with Blackstone’s easy demeanor and standard for excellence. Blackstone’s TV legacy continues to expand as Music Director and On-screen personality. His expertise has has shaped todays biggest shows, including the Oscars, NBC’s “The Voice,” the Grammy Awards, numerous BET, VH1 and MTV specials and as the Music Director for The hit Fox show “The Four.”
Blackstone was born in Trenton, New Jersey and it was here that he began to hone his craft under the guise of his father and Jazz musician Rod Blackstone, who remains one of his greatest musical influences. It was in a church playing drums at the age of 6 that his father discovered he had rhythm and perfect pitch. Once his family moved to Willingboro, NJ which has never been short on talent, he picked up bass in high school and the rest is history.
After earning a scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, it didn’t take long for Blackstone to become engulfed in the soul music pulse that was flowing through the city at that time. Beginning as a session musician, shortly after his start, he was touring the world.
In 2009 Blackstone partnered with his wife to start company BASSic Black Entertainment, LLC (BBE). BBE is a full music service company that provides live music production, musician staffing, artist development and studio production. Under the same moniker, they launched the BBE Record label in 2013.
Adam Blackstone’s versatility and musical ability keeps him on stages and screens across the world but his faith and family keep him on the ground as he continues to create his own musical legacy.