We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrianna Blackburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrianna, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Honestly, in many ways it feels like artistry and creativity chose me. I grew up in a house with musical parents. My mom sings and plays piano. My father played the drums and sings as well. While I’d like to think I was a pretty well-rounded child, loving both my academic and artistic pursuits, I felt most alive, most at home and most like myself when I was actively involved in more creative avenues and expression, like singing or dancing. As I got older, I tried to focus on pursuing more practical fields like administration, sales, and customer service however, despite my best efforts, opportunities to work in more artistic arenas kept finding me. I wasn’t going after a creative career because I came to a place of believing it was irresponsible and I just didn’t feel qualified enough. I think God basically snatched me up and said, “Ma’am I made you to be creative.” I had to stop doubting that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My mind is still blown that I get to consider singing and creating a career. I feel like I’m just getting started. Working in Ministry full time at a growing church is a handful on it’s own but when you combine that with touring as a background vocalist for a top CCM artist, being a member of an influential contemporary Gospel group, and being invited to lead worship, do studio work, write songs, etc. I guess you might say that my plate is full! I wish I could tell you I’ve been trusted with so much because my talent somehow exceeds the talents of those around me but I think purity, sincerity, and a servant’s heart is what has most contributed to my professional growth. I’m not the best singer by any stretch of the imagination but being gracious and teachable are probably my best qualities. Sometimes a person can be so talented that they believe it excludes them from hard work and having a congenial spirit. What I’ve learned is that if you want to work, be easy to work with. I’m not saying that means be a pushover but what I am saying is that having exceptional talent and an exceptionally bad attitude will not take you very far. Working in creative spaces can be intimidating, because once you get to a certain level most people have more talent than you’ve ever seen before. But if you do your part graciously and to the best of your ability with a posture of gratitude you are more likely to see steady professional and personal growth in your life. It’s hard to say what I’m most proud of in this season because the last year or so has been so full of blessings that its tough to name just one. What I am excited about is more growth for me individually, as a singer and a writer. I know I have something beautiful to deposit into this world so I’m looking forward to defining and refining what that is. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow with the artists I have the pleasure of supporting and working with. Shout out to Crowder, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, Dathan Thigpen, and Bernard Williams! My story is not necessarily spectacular but I think that’s good, it’s a little more tangible that way. I’m just a simple girl doing my best to honor God everyday with what I have and that means stewarding my gifts to the best of my ability, no matter what.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well considering my bestfriend lives in the same apartment complex as me this should be easy lol! For Breakfast I have to jump on the bandwagon and say that Breakfast at Barney’s is a must-do experience. Their food, the vibe, did I say their food yet, is incredible. The only challenging part is the wait but I have to say that the food is definitely worth the wait. I also love coffee. I drink about 3 cups a day, so clearly I have a problem. That makes my next stop the Cold Brew Bar at Atlanta Dairies. I love that place and their coffee. The scenery outside is beautiful and I always grab a hammock if I can because its a great spot to read a book, listen to music or a podcast. Its also a lovely date spot. For lunch you can’ go wrong if you hit Ponce City Market. There you will find a good variety of food options and you might also be able to do a little shopping! I think the next stop after that would have to be Puttshack! I always have such a good time when I go. Its great for large or small groups and the courses are a lot of fun. For dinner one of my favorite places is a restaurant called Soho in the vinings area. I love the classy low key vibe and their food has never missed.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to dedicate this shoutout to the people in my life who have supported and loved me unconditionally, My parents, my grandmother, my siblings, my closest friends, and my amazing fiancé, who I look forward to marrying on November 6th this year! When I think about my tribe as I call them, my heart is filled with a lot of gratitude. No one is obligated to walk with you, support you, cover you, and encourage you but I have some wonderful people in my life who have stayed with me through it all and I’m honored by that. Most importantly, I must thank God, not in a cliché way, but really thank Him. I see now how my life was specifically orchestrated by Him and with every step of faith and obedience I recognize His goodness and grace in my life more and more.