Emily Wade Adams is a Cape native and Nauset Regional High School graduate, now living in New York City and working as a singer.
In 2015, Ms. Adams brought her show "Love is Blind: Music Inspired by Amy Winehouse" to the Cotuit Center for the Arts. It was so well-received that she is brining it back (with new songs!) this August 17th to 19th.
2017 is the 10th anniversary of Winehouse's Grammy-winning album, "Back to Black," and one of the most exciting things about these special performances is that they will feature two NYC-based musicians with connections to Winehouse's band, the Dap-Kings. That said, the show goes beyond Amy Winehouse, honoring others with a connection to her, including Sharon Jones, Ray Charles, and Bruno Mars, among many others.
Learn more about the Cotuit show and get your tickets here.
We caught up with Emily Wade Adams this month and asked how it felt to be a "hometown girl made good" bringing her musical talent back home to the Cape. Her exclusive remarks appear below:
On life & music as a Cape native, "back in the day"
Emily auditioned for her first stage show at the tender age of 3 ("Annie" at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans). As she grew, she took advantage of as many performing opportunities as possible.
At Nauset High School (class of 1996), she was active in music and theater, participating in all the musicals produced during her 4 years there, earning her the Most Musical and Most Dramatic superlatives in her senior yearbook.
Emily was ranked in the top 3 of her vocal part for the All Cape & Islands choral festivals during her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Outside school, she was active in theater at the Orleans Academy (playing Glinda in The Wizard of Oz), the Highlanders (playing Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel and Nancy in Oliver!), and at Cape Cod Community College (starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret).
She also kept busy by sneaking into local pubs to sing with Link Montana and the Roamin' Catholics (but is it really sneaking in when your parents have to drive you to the gig?), and she recorded her first full length album at with Steven Preu at Bruce Maclean's Orleans recording studio when she was 14 - and yes, there is a mortifying music video on YouTube to prove it.
Locals might even remember hearing her sing a jingle or two for the Box Lunch on the radio back in the mid-90s, or sing the National Anthem at Nauset sporting events and Orleans Cardinals (now Firebirds) baseball games.
During college, she returned to perform with the Showmates at the Orleans Inn and sang backup for favorite local band Uncle Sammy (this time sneaking into the Beachcomber).
Returning to the Cape as a musician now
After 20 years away from the Cape, Emily returned to the East Coast in 2013 and has started forging new musical friendships on the Cape. Since returning, she has performed at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, and as a featured performer at the Cape Symphony's 2016 Holiday Pops concert. In addition, she occasionally provides vocals for bassist Jon Evans’ Brick Hill Recording Studio projects, including Anne Stott’s Love Never Dies, Humberto Cordero's UnReQuieted and A Mind of Winter, and virtual vocals for Heavyocity Media.
The best part about sharing her shows with her friends & family on the Cape:
In Emily's own words... "The thing I'm most excited for with these particular performances is the chance to share some of my favorite musicians (and dear friends) with Cape audiences. The local musicians involved (Malcolm Granger, piano; Dino Govoni, sax; and Steve Ahern, trumpet) are local legends who have made a name for themselves nationally, working with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, and the Boston Pops. I'm also bringing some New Yorkers from my band to play their very first shows on the Cape: Brian Floody (drums) and Jim Greene (bass). I know the Cape audiences will just love them. What's especially cool about both of them is that they have actually worked with Amy Winehouse's band, the Dap-Kings in some capacity: Brian recorded with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and the founder of Dap-Tone Records used to be in Jim's band! All of the musicians involved with this project are supremely talented, and I can't wait for audiences to be blown away by their music!"
Enjoy the video below from Emily's 2015 Cotuit performance.