Maxwell's Country Series Presents
October Rose, Carolyn Miller
1039 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
All country. All soul. All the gospel of Rock & Roll.
Adam Wakefield is a singer-songwriter who has secured his place in Nashville, TN, but is far from the typical artist one may expect to find in the Country Music Capital of the World.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Adam didn’t intend to become an artist. In fact, his original goal was to become a musician. He began to play piano when he was younger and in search of a hobby, especially one at which he believed he could excel. Adam’s intuitions were correct, and he continued to play piano until it was time to make a musical choice and hone in on a certain genre as a pianist. Rather than choosing the predictable classical route, the man who has become celebrated for his uniqueness in his artistry opted for jazz.
The desire to continue his piano-playing in the jazz circuit lasted about one year into college, and that was when Adam realized he wanted to make a larger contribution to music than the one he was destined to at that point. Striving for something more, he decided to join his brother, who was in Baltimore, and put together a band. While juggling a full time job in construction during the day and band practice at night, Adam was also carving out some time to sharpen his skills as a songwriter. Channeling an eclectic group of artists from Stevie Wonder to John Prine to Willie Nelson, Adam would allow whatever phase he was in musically to drive him to create pieces reflective of his revolving interests.
Eventually Adam’s personal life would send him on a one-way trip to Nashville, where he decided to explore what the local music scene had to offer. He parted ways with his Baltimore band and entered Music City with no expectations, other than to enjoy playing music in a town that envelops the culture. As the old saying goes, when you stop looking for it, it will come,
and that is exactly what happened with Adam’s career.
He put together a bluegrass band, started playing around town, and occasionally went out on the road with artists. While playing a gig downtown one night, somebody from NBC’s The Voice approached him and asked him to audition for the show. The audition led to a successful run, and his newfound name recognition was the catalyst for him to pursue a solo career.
Adam is now digging into his personal songwriting catalog, introducing his original material to the fan base he quickly built, and is taking his music out on the road as support for major headlining acts. He is nearing the release of his first EP, which he describes as a little left of center due to the different musical styles he embraced in its creation. After putting this band together, putting these songs together and playing guitar out front, there's a lot of rock & roll in it, Wakefield admits. I didn't realize it was going to be like that, and while there's a lot of straight-up old-school country influence, I think it's going to be a great combination of rock & roll and country.
What certainly can be said about Adam Wakefield when it comes to the music industry is that he approached it uniquely, he entered it humbly, and he thrives in it confidently. It is those qualities that make Adam a standout, influential performer in a town that celebrates musicality and yearns for the type of atypical twist he brings to the country music format.
Derek Allan and Leanne Weiss formed the country music duo October Rose in 2016 after years of performing separately as solo artists. The two separately have played across the Eastern half of the United States and opened for a who's who list of top 40 country artists including Dierks Bently, Kenny Rogers, and the Stickers. Derek is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and relocated to New Jersey in early 2016. Leanne has been a Jersey native her whole life and established a strong local following with the support of NYC's only country radio station, NashFM. Since October Rose was launched, the two together have performed all over NYC in storied establishments such as The Bitter End (11/3) and Webster Hall among others. The duo was honored to perform on America's Morning Show in September of 2016. Their first EP "All In" is expected to be released in the spring of 2017 and will be recorded with gold-record producer Chris Badami of Portrait Recording Studios.
Carolyn Miller is an up-and-coming recording artist, currently residing in NYC with frequent travels to Nashville. After releasing several YouTube videos that gained international exposure and nearly 500,000 views combined, her fan base quickly expanded. Influenced by country singers like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, pop icons like Kelly Clarkson and Adele, and even 80s rock singers like Heart and Pat Benatar, Carolyn has taken her big, powerful vocals and created an undeniable style that captures the true essence of country-pop with a hint of rock. Carolyn is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut EP, UNBREAKABLE, under the direction of veteran producer, Russ DeSalvo.
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