Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Artist

Adjoa Skinner is a singer-songwriter born and raised in upstate New York in a family of musicians. After competing in many state-wide vocal competitions and studying under college professors while in high school, Skinner was offered a vocal scholarship to the prestigious Crane Conservatory of Music. Compelled to study outside her typical classical and jazz, she chose instead to experience the music and culture of East, South and West Africa. She lived there for two years, and while in Ghana, received the nickname Adjoa (in Ghana, they nickname themselves using the day on which they were born). Adjoa means Monday-born, and since "you are what you eat," her full nickname was Adjoa Abrobe Nkatie (Monday-born pineapple ground-nut).

Her experiences in Africa led her through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows including (but not limited to) sickness, hunger and culture shock. She found freedom in the joys of life that stretched outside of her circumstances and truly spoke to the core of her spirit - to find strength through joy and persistence through faith. That mindset became the impetus to make a move to Los Angeles in 2006. Arriving in Los Angeles, djembe and guitar in hand, her first plan was to be a student. She quickly discovered she could not afford the out-of-state tuition; she found a run-down apartment and began the way so many successful entertainers have begun - waiting tables.

Adjoa's first gig happened accidentally. The year's rainy season began with a vengeance, such a vengeance that her tiny apartment in Pasadena couldn't handle it. With a caved in roof and water spilling down the walls of her bedroom, she realized she wouldn't be staying in her room that night. Instead, she went to an open mic night in the area. In true Angeleno form, not a soul dared leave their home on such a rainy night. The coffee shop was empty, but the barista allowed Adjoa to sit at the piano and sing. And so she did. For a blissful forty-five minutes, she played and sang her heart out, ending with a request by the owners that she come every week. It was with that first gig that she began to book other acts to open for her. Six months later she wisely chose to pursue a career full-time as a vocalist, songwriter and musician, playing piano, guitar, drums and flute.

One year later she was asked by one of LA's most highly respected booking agents, JT Presents (Beth Hart, Carney, Sara Bareilles, Flogging Mollys), to host her own weekly show at Molly Malones on Monday nights. Word of her residency reached producer and former SONY A&R Executive Charlie Peacock. Charlie invited Adjoa to Nashville and aided her in receiving the Sapere Artist's grant alongside other acts (The Daylights, Ten out of TENN, etc.). Soon after, ASCAP and Adrenaline Music sponsored her weekly show at Genghis Cohen, showcasing acts such as Gaby Moreno (currently opening for Tracy Chapman on tour) and Matt Cusson (back-up musician for Brian McKnight and 2009 winner of the John Lennon Song of the Year).

Adjoa Skinner has shared a stage with The Jonas Brothers, Amy Grant, Charlie Peacock, Daniel Bedingfield, Beth Hart, The Daylights, Reeve Carney, guitar virtuoso Adrian Legg (voted Guitarist of the Decade by Guitarist Magazine), Leon Mobley (percussionist for Ben Harper), Amy Kuney, American Idol finalists Jackie Tohn, Stevie Scott & Jon Peter Lewis, Charles Jones (musician for Raphael Sadiq, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson), multi-platinum Harpist Lisa Lynn, as well as many others.

After fine-tuning her live performance skills, Adjoa decided to focus her efforts on writing and recording. She began working with film music producer, Kevin Teasley (Christina Milian, Katherine McPhee) creating and singing on over a dozen pieces with him. One of their co-written pieces "Can't Go It Alone"will featured in the film "The Trouble With Romance" (MGM, 2009). Recently, an acoustic version of her original song "My Friend" was used on the CW series "Everwood" Season 3 DVD set. Lately Adjoa has been writing and recording with film composer Mateo Messina (Grammy award winning composer for "Juno").

Continually recording, she is honored to have worked with Grammy award winning producer Charlie Peacock, as well as producers Kevin Dippold (Smashing Pumpkins), Brad Murphree (Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Martina McBride, George Clinton) and Satoshi Mark Noguchi (Hans Zimmer).

Her five-song EP "Nothin More to Say", co-produced with Satoshi Mark Noguchi and self-released in April of 2009, is now available on iTunes.

She signed a non-exclusive music licensing deal with DL Music in 2007 and came on board with Coleman Productions Agency for touring in the college circuit; she landed a much-coveted showcase spot for NACA Central in October 2009 in Texas.

-- Adjoa Skinner "Not your average Diva"

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