Go to any backyard bar-b-que, family get-together or music festival where grown folks are partying down in the deep South, and blues music is wailing in the background. Everything from timeless treasures by Mel Waiters, Bobby Blue Bland and Latimore to today’s contemporary artists like Big Pokey, Tucker and Billy Soul Bonds is the soundtrack for having a good time.
While contemporary blues is keeping the genre alive and still steeped in the old school, much of the music lacks an element of soul and sophistication from back in the day, from a time when the music was polished. It was sophisticated as well as seductive. It was classy and nasty all at the same time.
Take blues legend Clarence Carter for example. He came on stage cleaner that the board of health and made love to the crowd with his music. Latimore was a romantic. Smooth as silk, he made the ladies moist and made the men feel like family. And Bobby Rush—with his stable of stripper lookalike dancers, flashy suits and diamond rings the size of brass knuckles—can still pull a packed house of fans to this day.
Bringing back that missing hint of gut-wrenching music that speaks to your inner being is blues/ Southern soul/ pop/ alternative singer Stacii Adams. And he is raising the bar in the blues with his stunning debut single “Heat Phone.”
“I’m picking up where Johnny Taylor, Marvin Sease and all the greats left off,” Mr. Adams explains. “When I pull up to a show, I’m in the back of a 66 Impala with a driver, getting out, going on stage and coming off the top rope, giving a good show with high energy.”
And that is exactly what he has been doing over the past decade. This six-foot-six, 235-pound vocalist boasting only 12 percent body fat has been captivating crowds all across the country. With a smooth, soul-stirring bedroom baritone, this musical maverick has ignited stages with the likes of India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton, Keith Sweat and Lenny Williams.
“I’m bringing blues to mainstream,” Stacii contends. “I want to live up to the legacy of the greats. That’s what Stacii Adams is here to do.”
Born in the small town of Milledgeville, Ga. and raised in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, Stacii grew up in a musical household. His father was a professional singer, drummer and conga player for several blues and R&B bands in the 70s and 80s. And his older sister sang background vocals for several old school Atlanta bass acts.
“My father brought me up listening to Johnny Taylor, Marvin Sease, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Milton,” Stacii says. “I always loved singing but when I was younger, I never really took it seriously. But I woke up when I was about 16 and this old white lady heard me singing. She said ‘you know what? You need to sing the blues or soul, because you have a voice.’”
Although he had an undeniable talent, the youngster chose to pursue a career in basketball over music. After high school, he landed a scholarship to Albany State University. On the off season with a little more time on his hands, he revisited the words of that “old white lady” and began dabbling in music. He linked up with a fellow ball player on the team by the name of Lou Battle and together, they toured the college circuits performing anywhere they could.
But by the time he had earned a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, he decided upon a solo career in 2004. That same year, he was a writer of  the lyrics to Adina Howard’s 2004 debut single “Nasty Grind.”
Adams got attention for his writing talents early on in his career. Island/ Def Jam Music Group A&R executive Max Gousse (A&R for Beyonce’s I Am…Sasha Fierce and B’Day) has called Stacii Adams one of the best writers he had ever met.
“That was my first introduction to music,” he thinks back. “I came in at a high level, and over the years, I’ve had a chance to be amongst the greats and make some music with some legends.”
Those legends include platinum producer/songwriter Paul Dawson (best known as Hot Sauce or Hollywood Hot Sauce), who has written, produced and co-produced Rihanna's “As Real As You and Me,” Ariana Grande's “Hands on Me,” and Usher's “Hot Tottie.”
“I make Southern soul and blues music with a twist. It’s a new sound but I build my musical foundation on the greats, the legends,” says Stacii. “You got to show respect to the late blues and southern soul singers that made this music what it is.”
Those influences are evident on his latest single “Heat Phone.” Produced by Hollywood Hot Sauce, the sultry mid-tempo ballad brings it back to the basics while embracing the essence of swing with Stacii’s provocative crooning,
“You know how couples be together all the time, but they’re not together because somebody’s always on their phone. And they don’t have time to really talk to one another,” Adams explains. “I’m telling them to put their phone down and enjoy each other.”
And that’s just a sample of what Stacii has in store. With three more new singles waiting to be released and an upcoming album on its way, Stacii Adams is raising the bar for blues and Southern soul. So sit back and enjoy the ride with Stacii Adams "THE BOSS OF BLUES"!