The Musical Biography of Robert AX Adams, Jr.
Who is Robert AX Adams, Jr.?
Berklee educated, singer, songwriter and guitarist, Robert AX Adams, Jr is named one of the best guitarist in the world by music legend Lee Ritenour. He is a 2018 Six-String Theory Global Music Competition finalist in the Rhythm/Accompaniment category. After many rounds in the largest and most competitive season to date with applicants from over 55 countries, Robert was selected as the only finalist from the USA. He is celebrating over 40 Years of Loving ALL through music, currently promoting his AXLIFE Teaser EP. His sophomore project is set to debut in 2018.
Early Music Inspirations
His passion for music started early, with the discovery of his father’s Motown and Jackson 5 records at the age of 3. Traveling with his military family, he learned discipline and diversity, which impacted his musical growth. Robert AX became a popular Michael Jackson Tribute Artist during his high school tenure in the Philippines. His return to the United States sparked a resurgence of musical talent as he added Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and others as a major musical influences.
Robert AX Adams,Jr. Has multi-generational appeal and loves to play with anyone who loves to play. This year, Robert and his On the One Band, were featured artists for the 50th Commemoration of the Poor People’s Campaign at the Smithsonian National African American Museum of History and Culture. They also welcomed the Mayor of Washington, DC at the CNHED Fair Housing Rally. Currently, he is the Musical Director, Lead Vocalist and Lead Guitarist for The AXperience Band, The on the One Band and The Jesse James Hanbury Band. Robert AX was a founding member of award-winning contemporary gospel group Gideon Band. He has also shared the stage with Mavis Staples, Sister Sledge, John P. Kee, Lalah Hathaway, Jody Watley and Pieces of a Dream. As a part of the Capitol Groove Collective, DC’s newest music guild, his seasoned expertise adds flavor to newly established artists like Emma G, Eli Lev, and others aspiring to share music with the world. In addition to performing, Robert AX loves to teach music. From infants to seasoned citizens, Robert is a well known music and vocal instructor in the DC area. He volunteers his time playing at his local church, House of Healing DMV and serves as the Co-Director of Music Performance and Education for The Capitol Groove Collective.
Robert AX…Personally Speaking
Robert AX Adams, Jr. married the love of his life, Crystal Bradford, in June 2018. Together, they build the Axperience enterprise (they also play the guitar together in their own band!). Though he has amassed many accolades over the past four decades, his greatest accomplishment is the influence he’s seen on his four children, Anastasia, Avarielle, Amendiana, and Rocquelar, as they complete their own musical projects and receive awards in art and dance. His sophomore project is set to debut in 2018 in honor of his late wife of 29 years, Venus DeMilo Adams. During Venus’s terminal illness, Robert set aside his full time musical pursuit to care for her. His upcoming project is dedicated to her courage and inspiration. He wholeheartedly believes that music is the essence of life and wants all to experience its transformational and healing power.