From coast to coast Adena Atkins brings her singular artistry to song. Her recipe is simple. Begin with lyrics that could double as poetry, flesh them out in wildly imaginative music, and channel the whole thing through an emotive, keystone soprano. The result sounds both obvious and necessary.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, this California native has also studied with author Natalie Goldberg and at the California Institute of the Arts. Atkins is a recipient of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ merit award. Within a year of moving to Seattle, Atkins released her solo debut The Slowest Curve, a seasonal song cycle which has received glowing reviews. As of this writing, she’s hard at work creating a new album with industry veteran Angel Angelov.
As much as she’s accomplished already, it’s clear that this is only a taste of what to expect from Atkins. With the appeal of her voice, the honesty of her writing, and the scope of her music, this artist captivates. Still, what ultimately sets Atkins apart is more than any of these elements. What sets her apart is depth, including the depth of her vision and the depth of her commitment in sharing that vision with us, a vision that is uncompromised, enveloping, and exquisitely complete.