We had the good fortune of connecting with A’Dria Glenn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A’Dria, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe risk taking is stepping out on faith to achieve a goal. There is definitely not a foreseen outcome; you could fail or you just might succeed.
The risk that I took to fulfill my passion began in the Fall of 2015. I was sophomore at The University of Southern Mississippi located in Hattiesburg, MS majoring in Nursing. My ambition in life was to become a nurse, but something happened during my sophomore year, the passion left. I felt out of place, lost, and depressed. After consulting with family and friends I decided to drop out of school and move back home. I found a fulltime job, but there was still something missing. I prayed to God to help me find my purpose. One night in a dream, God showed me that I was on stage singing in front of a crowd. Mind you I had always loved to sing and perform whenever I got the chance to but I did not have the confidence in myself that I could do it professionally. Two weeks later after my dream, I met a vocal coach by the name of Stephanie Stubbs and I began to take vocal lessons at her studio. She helped me build up my self- confidence and my vocal ability. One month later, I found myself in Atlanta recording my first single and video called “New Thang’ with producer Bruce Billups. Mr. Billups truly believed in me and wanted to see me succeed.
The song and video were a success among the southern soul genre, but that wasn’t the genre of music I wanted to sing. As a child I was introduced by my mom to 90’s R&B. I found the music to be very soulful and it registered with my spirt. That’s the kind of music I wanted to write and sing. R&B has a calming effect and it can bring people together, it can make people fall in love and it can make you feel the pain of heartbreak.
Two weeks after recording “New Thang” I was introduced to rapper Zeus and producer/engineer Dilla who was organizing their own production company in Atlanta. During my connection with Zeus, I wrote my first song called “Vibing”. I was amazed that I wrote my first song in four hours and recorded it in 2 sessions. After writing Vibing, I came back to Atlanta, wrote and recorded the following songs: “Stay on My Mind, “Fantasy”, “Should’ve Known Better”, “Stuck on You” and “Mine”, which were all included on my first EP called “TEA” (Time, Effort, Anticipation). “TEA” was available on all music platforms and people seem to really like my music. My name and my music started getting attention and promoters began to book me on shows and I started preforming other gigs as well!
Later in 2018 through 2019, I was invited to became a part of The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) and the Emerging Stars Network located in Memphis, TN. This organization began in 2012 as a manifestation of National Songwriters Hall of Fame member and Stax Records legend, David Porter. While in the program, The Consortium taught me how to further my writing skills, improve stage performance, connected me to other independent and mainstream artist and allowed me to create music at my leisure. MMT also taught me about the business side of the music industry such as marketing my brand, publishing and copywriting not to mention, access to bands, radio host, studio time, and mentors in the industry.
While at the consortium, I met two amazing up and coming producers by the name of Craylon Davis and Jamaal Franklin (CrayJayProductions). When I needed a band for a show, they always made sure I was covered and that’s how we began to form a bond to produce my current EP “Emotions”. “Emotions” was created during the pandemic. Along with everyone else I felt I had to share and tune into my creativity on a deeper level, especially during such a difficult time, which made me face myself one on one. I can honestly say this is the EP where I poured my heart and soul into the music. This EP has five songs on it: beginning with the “Intro”, “Emotions”, “Options”, and “Quarantine Shit”.
Although there have been many disappointments, setbacks, and failed ventures, I still keep going off the fuel of faith. I took the risk and followed my true passion, which is music. God has opened doors for me and has placed the right people in my life to help me to become successful. I believe that risk taking is fundamental process in this game called “LIFE” in order to grow into your full potential while here on Earth. I thank God daily for taking me through the process. My best advice to anyone is take the risk and follow your dreams, you just might reach the stars!!
My music can be found on all music platforms
Facebook: A’Dria Glenn or A’Dria
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an R&B singer and songwriter. My music is authentic, pure and it come from the heart. It is, innocent, soft, but comes with a sense of darkness. You never know what I’m going to hit you with. I am most proud about my growth, and finally seeing all the hard work payoff. My vocal arrangements, my tone, productions skills, recording styles, songwriting ability and how my music influences my fans has given me new energy to keep going in this industry.
How did I get here? Well, it was by a lot of trial and error. I went through a lot of money trying to find my sound, employ different producers/engineers, purchase studio time and entertain failed promises. I struggled with low self-esteem and the ability to believe that I was good enough to be in the music industry.
Was it easy? No! I don’t believe it will ever get easy! But I now have a sense of how I want my music sound and I have become more confident within my artistry.
There are many lessons that I have learned, but the most important one that I have learned is that you can’t include everyone in your circle. Some of the people I started off with are not with me today. I am okay with that. Its just that simple. Sometimes the people who are in the circle; including family and friends are not good for your artistry and your well-being. It’s not because you think yourself better than them it is just a part of your growth. I’ve learned to keep positive spirts around me, listen to my inter voice and remain in control of my brand especially since it is more than just the art at stake. I am open to criticism, but in the midst of that stay true to myself. I live more in the moments now; I don’t take anything for granted especially my gift. The major lesson of all is that I can share and appreciate this God given talent without any limitations.
What I want the world to know about me is simple. It’s true the most beautiful souls go through the biggest obstacles, but I will always beat the oppositions.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in the music city couldn’t get any better. I absolutely love the feel of Memphis, TN. There are so many places where you can catch live music. Me personally, I love chill vibes. Once place for sure on any given day, would be the Riverwalk located in downtown Memphis. It’s a vibe for sure. It’s peaceful and beautiful! It is a great experience just to be able to connect with the mighty Mississippi River, the river traffic and nature.
Another spot would be the “Pyramid” or now known as The Bass Pro Shop, also located in downtown Memphis. It is 321 feet or 32 stories tall and has a base of 591 feet. The building is the tenth-tallest pyramid in the world. The Bass Pro Shop has lots of outdoor merchandise, clothing, restaurants, bowling and a shooting range. There is a massive elevator that takes you to the Look Out Restaurant and on the balcony, you are able to look at the entire downtown skyline and the Mississippi River. It’s absolutely beautiful at night! It’s a vibe for sure.
Sage, a lowkey spot in the heart of downtown Memphis is an urban chic restaurant\bar with a sophisticated ambiance that complements the fusion soul cuisine. The have the best “bomb juicy” wings you can find. If you are ever in the Memphis, please try them.
Lastly, I cannot forget about Beale Street, “Home of The Blues”. This is where all the excitement is located. From live music, to great food, endless bars, and the people on Beale are definitely interesting.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I have to say shoutout to God for blessing me to have a gift of singing, songwriting, and producing. Without him I wouldn’t be able to share my story, and the blessings he has allowed me to walk into.
Secondly, my mom who is my best friend, manager, ride or die, and biggest supporter. She’s such a beautiful soul and spirt. My angel for sure.! She has always pushed me to dream big and be the best person I can be, and to never give up.
To my dad, thank you. I am so happy to see the space we are in. He shows a lot of love and support for my music. That’s my pops for sure
To everyone else who has helped me along the way, The Consortium MMT, B. Hughes, Dilla, Zeus, Bruce Billups, Stephanie Stubbs, Alvis Hatch, B. Burnside, Craylon, Jamaal, Aldtric and Mechelle Johnson, Demarris Manns, Asia Rose, Won Thornton and to my friends and family, Much love and thank you!
Facebook: A’Dria Glenn or A’Dria
Demarris Manns Photography