Adam Wakefield didn’t start off in Nashville with dreams of making it big in country music. Instead, he was born in the Northeast and raised a New Hampshire boy.
Wakefield began his musical path as a musician, playing piano and narrowing in on jazz as his genre. About a year into his pursuit, Wakefield reconsidered his decision, made a move to Baltimore where his brother was living, formed a band, and played shows around town.
With some new experiences under his belt, Wakefield made the decision to move down to Nashville to explore all that the city could offer. Once there, he realized a new direction for his career.
I fell in love with the city and the music community. Being a musician first and foremost I’ve delved into lots of different styles, but country radio seemed like the place I could make the biggest impact. My dad introduced to me folks like Willie Nelson, John Prine and Merle Haggard when I was a kid.
Wakefield was able to put together a bluegrass band and play gigs both in and out of Music City. It was during a gig with that band when he was approached to audition for NBC‘s The Voice. That moment would be the one that would change Wakefield’s life and ultimately make him a household name. He was selected for Team Blake and finished the season as runner-up to child star and phenomenal vocalist Alisan Porter.
I had a blast. It was very intense towards the end but rewarding. That show couldn’t have nicer people working for them and they legitimately care about their contestants.
Through his experiences, Wakefield didn’t just hone his craft of playing instruments and singing, he also diligently worked on his songwriting. The attention to the skill led to him penning four of the six songs on his EP, which was released July 21. Included on the EP is his recent single, one of the two outside songs on the project, “Blame It On Me.”
For Wakefield, the release of the new EP was a stepping stone in the right direction toward achieving his goal; and his goal is not nearly as grandiose as you would expect. Rather, Wakefield simply strives to bring music into people’s lives that can truly speak to and touch them.
I’m in this for the music, plain and simple. I don’t care about going to No. 1 parties or winning awards. I just want to have an impact on people with my music.
So far, goal accomplished.
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