Adrian offers a powerful look at his personal history through anthemic and club-ready tracks such as “Tell The World,” alongside thoughtful songs about identity and acceptance like “Story of Blue.” His yearning, yet polished, gospel-influenced vocals and catchy beats sound as if Adele and Sam Smith produced a statuesque black child with a serious story to tell.
The pain and tenacity of Adrian’s childhood is apparent throughout his songwriting. With an absent father and a mother who was more interested in drugs than raising her children, Adrian was forced to grow up very quickly. By age 15, he was living on his own and working for a drug dealer. He later struggled with the pressures of being a bisexual man in a culture that didn’t accept such differences.
“Being gay and growing up in the ghetto was almost like being in the ‘50s -- you can’t be black in the projects and gay. I was repressed for such a long time,” Adrian says, adding that he refused to conform to stereotypes of gay men or black men. “I know there are a number of people who felt the same, and I think my music relates to a lot of the LGBT community.”