Honesty and authenticity drive Robert Adam

Justin Crann
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Robert Adam has two objectives in his music: honesty and authenticity.

Robert Adam said honesty and authenticity are at the centre of his work as a musician. He will perform at Hopkins Dining Parlour March 14.

"I don't want to lie about anything in my life or my music," said Adam. "I want people to relate to it with their own lives."

Adam, who lives in Caronport, describes himself as a "combo soul, R&B and jazz" musician. 

He lists Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye and Adele as influences on his style.

"I wasn't allowed to listen to music that wasn't Christian until I was about 19 years old, when I got out of the house," explains Adam. "Amy Winehouse was the first artist I listened to who wasn't Christian. Her music just kind of stole my heart."

Adam said that it was the raw honesty of Winehouse's music that inspired him to pursue it in his own turn at the craft.

"I think that's what drew me into this kind of music," he said. "It's just real instruments and real emotion and you have to be genuine, or it just doesn't work right. I felt like I needed to sing that kind of music.

"It fits well with my voice, too," Adam added.

For Adam, music has been about leading a healthier, happier life.

"Music has helped me survive. … I think music is something that has helped me keep my sanity and figure out what's going on inside," he said. "When I write music, it really does help me become a better person and move on from things."

He noted that he is looking forward to performing for a Moose Jaw audience at Hopkins Dining Parlour.

"I really like Moose Jaw — it's a very cultured place," said Adam. "I'm just very privileged to be able to perform in a place like Moose Jaw because it's very culturally rich and diverse for such a small city."

Adam will perform with Megan Nash as his opening act at Hopkins Dining Parlour on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Caronport

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