Born and bred in country Victoria, Adam Toms is one of Australia’s up and coming modern Country Music singer/songwriter. While growing up in the picturesque landscapes of rural Victoria, Adam spent his teen years playing in pub rock cover bands where his talents in singing and guitar flourished and ignited a passion for song writing. Before long, Adam heard the call of the big city lights of Melbourne and soon moved for a new adventure.
It seems that it was a destiny call, as not long after moving Adam met and teamed up with Aria award winning producer/engineer Doug Roberts – best known for his work with artists such as The Badloves, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera, Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Mick Jagger and Chris Wilson. In time, Doug introduced Adam to Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera) with a view to write some songs together. This proved to be a successful collaboration and the pair wrote many songs. Eventually, Doug, Peter and Adam co-produced a solid album, which lent itself to a ‘commercial radio Rock/Pop’ theme. Many of these songs received support from numerous community radio stations nationally.
Nevertheless, as successful as his work was becoming, Adam soon felt as though there was something missing. Over the course if the next year Adam realized that the genre he had been pursuing was not a perfect match. Many people had suggested that his music leant to a more ‘Country Rock/Pop’ vibe and over the Easter of 2008, Adam had what he calls a ‘Light Bulb Moment’.
“I was listening over my old demo’s one day and realized I have a bunch of material which was never written with the intent of a country rock/pop vibe but its all as clear as day to me now. This is what I need to be doing. It all makes sense!” As it seems, you can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy.
Adam had always listened to Country music growing up however it took a few years for it to really start to show in his own writing. This process of moving genres is what has resulted in the amazing blend of musical styles that we find in Adam Toms’ songs. A little like Keith Urban, there is a soothing beauty in Adam’s voice along with stirrings of a kind of heart and soul found in Eric Clapton’s lyrics and storytelling. Also mixed into the cocktail of styles you will find hints of Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Hendrix and Gary Moore. Add a twist of country twang and here you have Adam Toms.
With this new focus, Adam decided to lay down some more tracks in the studio and called on Doug Roberts again for the recording, mixing and co-producing duties. An all-star cast of players was assembled for the sessions. With John Favaro (Badloves) on bass, Tony Floyd (Things of Stone and Wood) on drums, Tom Baeppler on guitar and Keys man Sean Bowen completed the mix with Andy Baylor adding Mandolin and Fiddle. The outcome was the creation of amazing soulful modern country rock.
Adam has recently signed with Music Managers Forum President Anita Donlon to take on management duties and from there signed with Sydney digital record label and media powerhouse Blue Pie. Adam’s first single ‘6 Months Of Lovin You’ will be out mid 09 on a 4 track EP. Make sure you get a copy, it’s a track you will definitely love.
Adam Toms is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).