R&B Soul-Pop Songstress Adonis Talks New Single ‘Day Shots’, The Urban Music Landscape In Nashville, & More

If you’ve ever been hurt, confused, or needing to get over an ex, music never ceases to have your back. There’s always an album, song, or a playlist that soothes the soul. Playlists that come to mind are, “All Out 80’s”,  “Today’s Top Hits”, “Chill Hits”, and so many more that I know I gravitate towards. 

Nashville R&B singer-songwriter, Adonis, has recently released her new track “Day Shots,” which encompansses all the emotions of feeling damaged by someone. This new single can certainly fit someone’s heartbreak playlist for sure, but has an upbeat vibe that will leave you uplifted and connected through her melody. The emotions and lyrics portrayed in her music allow for listeners to feel as if you’re right there by her side. 

Her soulful inspirations are clear in this song, giving listeners an authentic version of who she is as an artist with very rhythmic beats, subtle layers of instrumentation, and passionate vocals. Opening the song with a 30-second instrumental line, it draws you in a most enticing way. As soon as her soulful and strong vocals come in, it all fits together harmoniously. 

The R&B singer is thrilled to be continuing her musical career after college and is starting her career off strong. Having studied Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University, she says she’s “Lucky to have this education, because within the music industry, you need to know what you’re getting into and to be ready for what’s to come”.

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She also took the time to chat with us more about her new journey as an artist, musical background, and more.

Growing up, who or what sparked your desire to write and perform music, and did you/do you have any personal mentors?

My mother really encouraged me to look into making music a long term goal. She always pressured me to get to know the business. It wasn’t until college when I decided to make music a lifestyle. My Hoo’rah sisters, cheer sisters from Hampton University, allowed me to figure out my path during lunch one day. I had switched my major three times and was only a freshman. They knew how passionate I was about music and gave me the final push to say, “Okay, I’m going to do this.” I changed my major and from then on have felt complete.

After deciding on music, I was under the impression that I could just stand on a stage, sing, and get paid. I was wrong. I transferred to MTSU and majored in Music Business. This allowed me to get out there. Once I met Muziqueen [Nashville Is Not Just Country Music], she gave me the advice to start writing my own music. Once I began, I couldn’t stop. 

I see that you’re based in Nashville. Are you originally from Music City, and what makes it so special to you?

I was originally born in Nashville on I-24. Yes, I was born in the car. At a young age, our parents moved us out of the city and on the outskirts, like twenty minutes from the city. Growing up, I wasn’t exposed to many historical things in Nashville. After being in an acceptable mindset, I realized how beautiful Nashville is. The music from Nashville comes from The Jubilees. Not country, which this completely blew my mind.

The more I’m in the city, the more I feel connected to my roots. The jazz scene is crazy amazing in Nashville. The amount of talent from African-American musicians only encourages me to go farther in this industry. Not many people come out of Nashville in this genre of music. So knowing I have the potential to show the world that Nashville has more to offer than just country is the only fuel I need.

How has being in Nashville helped your creative process, and do you find yourself working on your own or collaborating with others?

Nashville has been the most beneficial networking scene I’ve been exposed to. As soon as I came back from my freshman year at Hampton, it became so much easier for me to find myself in music. When I tell you the music scene is huge in Nashville. 4/10 people I hand a flyer of “Day Shots” to does music also or they’re involved in the business. I’ve made so many connections being in Nashville.

The collaboration field is at its all time high. Everyone is so ready and open to collaborate with me. Collaborations have also taught me to write in one session or just how to get things done in a timely manner. My cousin is pretty well known saxophonist in Nashville, and he gave me the opportunity to perform in Monday nights Jazz. From here, I was able to find some more soul in my music. I also met an amazing producer from a NINJCM mixer, Michael Corder. He helped me being “Day Shots” to life. He understood a different side to me musically because of his heavy church and jazz background. This by far has helped my musical journey the most.

How did your recent single, “Day Shots,” come about, and could you tell us the inspiration behind it?

“Day Shots” came from a situationship. You ever been in something and every red sign is present? But me being young and dumb, I just ignored these signs. Messing with this individual was so stressful. Trying to figure out, “Where is this going? Does he like me? Well I know he likes me because who can’t? Why is he dragging this on knowing how I feel? Why is he moving forward but backwards with me at the same time?” This is all that played in my head the entire connection.

When I started venting to my friends, we were literally in the kitchen in the afternoon taking shots. So this is where “Day Shots” got its name. The whole situation was just very confusing and draining for me, but as soon as a shot entered the equation, the situation didn’t seem to effect me as bad.

How would you describe your genre of music and overall vibe of your artistry?

I’m the newest old school. I love the 90s and early 2000s R&B era. This is what I grew up on, so naturally many of my influences came from this time. I fall into a mix with Jasmine Sullivan and Erykah Badu. Those are my greatest inspirations. I love the passion and strength Jasmine Sullivan has behind her voice and we have had similar experiences that allowed me to connect with her music on a different level. Erykah Badu gives me the chill vibes that my slower songs are influenced by. 

Besides singing and songwriting, do you have any other interests or hobbies outside of music that may bring about artistic inspiration?

I was a cheerleader from 6th grade until my freshman year in college. If I wasn’t doing music, I’d most definitely still be on my first college team. This allowed me to explore my creative side with choreography. Being able to dance has been a plus, but trying to sing and dance almost killed me.

I see that you started putting tracks out in 2020. Did you feel the pandemic helped or hurt your songwriting and overall process? Neither?

The pandemic most definitely allowed me the time to explore my art. Finding your original sound as a musician is probably one of the most difficult things. You don’t want to sound like anyone else, but your influences will show within your music. The pandemic allowed me the time to not only get to know myself musically but myself generally. When I figured out who I was truly as a person, then the music easily followed in line.

What might fans expect to see/hear from Adonis throughout the rest of the year, and where do you hope to see your career in five years?

My fans should expect another single release in mid-September! I also will be releasing my first project in late October/early November. Within the next 5 years, I hope to expand my fan base throughout the east coast. Next summer we have plans set to hit the southeast region of the United States. From there, I will slowly expand myself throughout the nation one region at a time.

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