John Adams Live In Musicroom
It was a rainy, dreary December day in Portsmouth, just two days before Christmas. Hoards of shoppers, desperately dashed through the rain, in hopes of finding those last-minute Christmas presents. Suddenly, ball of sunshine in the form of X-Factor’s John Adams, and a rather soggy entourage of guitarist/bass player Tom Kent, photographer Giles Babbidge, friends, and hoard of teenagers followed him in off the streets, and burst into Musicroom Portsmouth!
John, with the help of Tom, had embarked on a busking tour ( sponsored by our friends JHS ) of the UK to promote his single ‘Nowhere To Hide’, which is available through iTunes and we here at Musicroom Portsmouth, were fortunate enough to be part of his first tour.
Once John had warmed his vocal chords with a good ol’ cup of tea, (made by yours truly), out came this beautiful, haunting voice which could surely melt even the iciest of hearts. He serenaded the crowd that had gathered with a medley of popular songs and requests from the audience. To their delight, he included ‘Cannonball’ by folk singer, Damien Rice, the song which got him noticed by Gary Barlow on The X-Factor and through to Boot camp. Like a true gentleman, he posed for photos with fans, answered their question and signed autographs, all while flashing that shy, genuine and rather white smile of his.
With his time in the shop sadly coming to an end, I’m left with a warm feeling that John Adams is a born performer, whose smile has the ability to blind and whose voice has the ability to pierce the heart.
Words by Latifa Walker
Photography by Giles Babbidge: Website www.gilesbabbidge.co.uk
John Adam Offcial Website: www.johnadamsmusic.co.uk
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