Emmy® award-winning musical director, musician, singer, and songwriter Adam Blackstone releases a brand new album entitled The Legacy Experience LIVE. It features 14 live performances from his “The Legacy Experience” pop-up shows across the US, in support of his 2022 debut album Legacy.
Listen to the album: HERE
The new album opens with a mesmerizing instrumental of “Legacy.” Once Adam urges the crowd to, “Come rock with us,” a soft drumbeat, dreamy keys, and captivating horns paint the soundscape. On “Biggest, Greatest Thing” (feat. Mary Mary),” Mary Mary unleashes soaring vocals above head-nodding piano and lively trumpet. Among many highlights, he links up with Leslie Odom Jr. on a hypnotic cover of Nat King Cole’s “Smile.” Between melancholic strings and piano, Leslie showcases his skyscraper-reaching vocal skills. Then, there’s “Trust Me (Interlude),” which teems with energy through Robert Glapser’s mesmerizing piano performance. Halfway through the seven minute tune, his piano playing is met with a jazzy drumbeat before fading into the distance. Adam joins forces with DIXSON on “Just the Two of Us / Do For Love.”Between upbeat horns and bongos, DIXSON unleashes a sizzling cover of the Bill Withers classic while an exciting keyboard breakdown closes out the song.
In celebration of the new release and on the heels of Blackstone’s recent performance at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, CA, Blackstone is performing a series of record release shows at New York’s legendary Blue Note on October 9 and 10, with sets at 8pm and 10:30pm both nights. Tickets are available for purchase HERE
Adam Blackstone initially released Legacy in September 2022. The album instantly resonated with audiences, drawing up north of 4.7 million streams across all platforms with the fan-favorite “’Round Midnight” tallying 1.2 million Spotify streams alone. “’Round Midnight” also went-on to receive a 2023 Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional R&B Performance,” while Barack Obama touted the track on his coveted “Favorite Music of 2022” playlist. Meanwhile, Legacy was honored with the award for “Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal” at the 54th NAACP Image Awards.
In other news, Blackstone is currently nominated for two Emmy awards in the category of Musical Direction. He received one nomination for his efforts in the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the other for Rihanna’s most-watched 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Blackstone previously picked-up an Emmy win for The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and more.
This year, Blackstone also acted as the Creative Musical Director for the “Hip Hop 50” Celebration at Yankee Stadium, working alongside a star-studded lineup featuring Run-DMC, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim, Snoop Dogg, and Nas. Outside of musical direction, he recently performed at The Roots Picnic, while also touring The Legacy Experience as Jill Scott’s opening act.
The Legacy Experience LIVE Full Tracklisting:
Legacy (The Instrumental Jawn)
Biggest, Greatest Thing (feat. Mary Mary)
‘Round Midnight (feat. Blakley)
The Storm Will Pass
Trust Me (Interlude) (feat. Robert Glasper)
Smile (feat. Leslie Odom Jr.)
Just The Two Of Us / Do For Love (feat. Dixson)
I’ll Be Seeing You (feat. Simone Boseman)
Don’t Know Why (feat. OGI)
Lost (feat. John Scofield & Khirye Tyler)
Vulnerable (feat. The Baylor Project & Russell Ferrante)
Chrysalis (feat. The Winslow Dynasty)
Crown (feat. Parris Bowens)
Adam Blackstone is not only a multi-faceted bass player, musician, Emmy award-winning music director and Grammy award-winning writer, but he is also notably the musical mastermind behind the live shows of many of today’s biggest artists (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Eminem,…the list goes on). Blackstone’s TV legacy continues to expand as music director and on-screen personality. He has contributed his talents to today’s biggest shows, including The Oscars, NBC’s “The Voice,” the Grammy Awards, numerous BET, VH1 and MTV specials and as the music director for The hit Fox shows “The Four” and “The Masked Singer.” In 2022, Adam released “Legacy,” his 2023 Grammy-nominated debut album, which features guest artists including Jazmine Sullivan, Leslie Odom Jr., Jill Scott, Mary Mary, & Kirk Franklin.