ADONIS THE GREEK
The lore of Greek Mythology has always been alluring to the masses. The stories encapsulated with tales of the god’s, goddesses, heroes, and villains appeals to our infatuation with tragedy and triumph. The Greek god Adonis, whose story is one of love, lust, passion, calamity, and conquest, has always been revered as a deity associated with undeniable attraction. As the god of poetry, love, desire and new life, his narrative plays out in similar fashion to the artistry of R&B’s next sensation, Adonis The Greek.
Upon experiencing the singer / songwriter Adonis The Greek you instantly realize that this multifaceted artist may be mortal in the flesh yet his music and talent embodies the immortality of the classic artists that inspire him. With the passionate appeal of a Marvin Gaye, the stage presence of James Brown, and the awe-inspiring god-like presence of Michael Jackson, Adonis is, quite frankly, the personification of artistry. Just as the mythical god brought new life in Greek folklore, Adonis is breathing new vivacity into the music industry with is debut EP, “ATHENS.”
With such stellar projections for his future, Adonis is a product of humble beginnings. Born and raised in St. Louis, he was no stranger to the trials and tribulations that come along with growing up in a city that is plagued by a survival mentality. Known to those closest to him as Antonio, a portion of the young Adonis’ childhood was consumed with street tales while another portion was of a suburban element. The dichotomy of his childhood was a product of his parent’s divorce. Life in his father‘s neighborhood included aspirations of becoming a football player while avoiding the urban drama that surrounded him. Life in his mom’s care consisted of aspirations of becoming bigger than his circumstances.
Although neither of his parents was musically inclined, Adonis’ affinity for music came while listening and dancing to the Michael Jackson, Sade, Frankie Beverly, and Earth Wind & Fire songs his father played in his presence. He would find solace in the rhythms that allowed him to escape his reality while perfecting his synchronized steps that would one day define his path.
Just as the Greek god Adonis was granted permission by Zeus to live a portion of his yearly life on earth and the remaining months of each year living in the underworld, Antonio was living in his own personal purgatory as his life existed somewhere between the realm of the urban underworld, suburban reality, and heavenly aspirations of a better life through music.
The taste of a better life came for Adonis once he succumbed to music, which would ultimately become his life’s passion. Moving to Los Angeles not only put him in better position to pursue his dream, but it also put him in a better place mentally to become the creative entity we now know as Adonis the Greek.
Starting out as a dancer, developing his rap skills, finding the power in his pen, and now embracing the strength of his vocal ability, Adonis has morphed into a premiere artist. Although his influences include the likes of Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Drake, and more, Adonis definitely exudes a style of his own. Combining the soul of R&B, the raw edge of hip-hop, and the appeal of pop music, Adonis’ debut EP is already generating classic buzz. With tracks such as "The Code,” which explores the depths of relationship rules and "Not Like You," which highlights Adonis’ unapologetic uniqueness, “ATHENS” serves as the perfect introduction to music’s next marvel.
While his musical talents speak to the divinity of his art, it is Adonis’ truth that speaks to his humanity and future legacy. “I am not a little boy, I'm not a teenager coming out singing a bunch of songs a bunch of songwriters wrote for me to make me look commercially appealing to an audience. I had to live, fail, pick myself up and learn from real life so when I sit down to write I don't know industry, I just know the streets I ran in and these hearts I ran through, this has made me the man I am.”
The man Adonis wants to become is of legendary stature. While he sees himself as a future mogul, philanthropist, and creator, his 10,000 strong and growing fan base, Radio, DJ’s, A&R’s, and his counterparts view him as the music industry’s next deity. Let the legend of Adonis the Greek begin!
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