Music Monday: JJ ADRIAN gets soulful for a Toronto girl

Dec 19 2017, 8:26 pm

He may only be 21, but Vancouver native JJ ADRIAN knows exactly what he wants to do with his life: Make music.

Currently a senior at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, ADRIAN cut his teeth performing on stages at the Apollo Theatre and America’s Got Talent with his former boyband, Full Effect. Since the group went their separate ways, the talented singer hasn’t looked back, focusing on writing and recording as he gets ready to step out as a solo artist.

This past semester at Berklee, ADRIAN was chosen to study under Kara DioGuardi (a Grammy-nominated songwriter who’s worked with everyone from Celine Dion to Christina Aguilera). Three out of the six songs from his forthcoming debut, Priorities, are products from DioGuardi’s class including “Right Now” and the EP’s latest single, “Girl From Toronto.”

Influences by The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Drake can be heard clearly through ADRIAN’s smooth vocals and soulful nuances, which float over catchy pop-infused R&B melodies and sharp production. As the two tracks are being met with positive reviews, ADRIAN, in the meantime, is hard at work in the studio as he finishes up the remainder of Priorities while working on a forthcoming full-length album.

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