- 1. Career
Adam Blackstone is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and bassist. He is the musical director for Nicki Minaj and Justin Timberlake. Blackstone has also directed and played in performances with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Dr. Dre, The Jonas Brothers, The Roots, Ms.Marilyn Marshall, Al Green, The Isley Brothers, Angie Stone, Mike Posner, Steve Tirpak, Al Jarreau, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, and Jill Scott.
Adam Blackstone began his career as a session musician in the Philadelphia area. After becoming widely known in the area for his round, distinct tone, Adam caught the attention of drummer and producer Questlove of the well known hip hop and soul group, The Roots. His first big live show was at age 21 with Jay-Z on his Fade to Black show at Madison Square Garden in November 2003. This show, along with Dave Chappelle's Block Party, were both filmed and made into popular documentaries that sold extremely well, and helped put Blackstone on the map. As Adam progressed, Adam became more well known among artists and labels for his tenacity, leadership skills, and hard work. Adam has since worked with and for several other A-list artists, providing all Adam can to not only meet, but exceed his clients standards.
In 2012, Adam was the music director and bassist for pop superstar Rihanna on her 777 Tour, which involved playing in 7 countries in 7 consecutive days.
Following his work with the popular American rock band Maroon 5, Adam Blackstone was also featured as an adviser to coach Adam Levine during NBC's season one of The Voice.
In 2014, Adam Blackstone was recruited by Eminem for his comeback show after a 3-year hiatus at the famed Austin City Limits Music Festival. More recently Adam worked with Justin Timberlake as a member and music coordinator of his band formerly known as the Tennessee Kids.
Alongside working with several A-list artists at one time, Adam also runs his own production company with his wife Kaisha, entitled BBE (BASSic Black Entertainment), which features several up and coming pop and R&B acts. Founded in 2008, it thrives mostly as a live music staffing service for these artists. Kaisha Blackstone is the current CFO, while Adam runs the more creative side of the organization.