Adam Calvert went from dirt roads to center stage


Country music singer Adam Calvert grew up on a small farm, on a dirt road in Cambridge, Ohio. He started competing in North America Country Music Associations International competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. at the tender age of five. By the age of twelve, he was a regular youth performer at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. After three seasons he performed in roughly 1,500 shows.

“I learned a lot about being a musician. I began playing guitar at 12 and piano a few years later. By 15, I was writing music. I knew I wanted to be in the music business but not sure what direction I wanted to go.”

When Adam was 17, his mother suggested he audition for and got a spot on the MTV reality show “Taking the Stage” and at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati where the show filmed. He spent his junior and senior years of high school honing his skills as a vocal and piano major.

“SCPA is a unique public school. It did a lot for me. I was very familiar with county music up to that point but was exposed to all different types of music: jazz, classical, R & B, and hip hop. I learned a lot and had a great experience.”

After touring with “Live from Nashville,” Adam decided it was time to start building a fan base. The last two years, Adam and his band have been touring, performing 130-150 shows a year. He said Paige Hardwick has been working hard as a tour manager, to find great venues and promote the group on social media.

“I love playing places I like to visit, and Paige did a great job of finding many venues on the Gulf Coast for the summer. We played about 20 shows at The Hangout last year and knew we wanted to build a strong following here,” he said.

Adam is also involved with a non-profit called Reach and Teach. It is an educational program geared toward business education students in grades 9-12. The program is the ultimate project-based learning experience.

Nine weeks of curriculum culminate with a rock concert, which is planned, promoted, and executed by students. Through Reach and Teach, students not only gain marketing knowledge but also gain the employability skills necessary to succeed after high school.

In May, Adam held a single release at Colbert County High School outside of Muscle Shoals for Reach and Teach.

Adam Calvert will be performing in Gulf Shores at The Hangout July 26, Aug. 9, and Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. For more tour dates and locations follow Adam Calvert on Facebook or Instagram @adamcalvertmusic.