Teen singer makes the world his stage

Adore brings magic of Christmas to Liberty City stage

D. Kevin McNeir | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Adore, 19, a Liberty City native, has been singing since he was a child in the choir at Miami’s St. ...

Adore, 19, a Liberty City native, has been singing since he was a child in the choir at Miami’s St. James AME Church. And like many youth, he has long had dreams of becoming a professional singer and traveling the world. And on Saturday, Dec. 21, he’ll be featured in “A New Christmas Eve” at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center [6161 NW 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.] along with several special guests. Not only will he sing holiday classics, but he will also perform several songs that he has written and released on his own CD. It may be a lot for one so young, but Adore says he ready for the challenge.

“I remember wanting to sing ever since I was a little boy and church was where it all started,” said Adore who comes from a single-parent home and five other siblings, ages 4 to 21. “I went to a magnet program at 13 and then began really focusing on becoming a singer and dancer when I started classes at the Cultural Arts Center when I was 14. That’s where I met Stephen Cruz who has since become my manager and has really groomed me. I want to follow in his footsteps.”

Adore says R&B and jazz are his favorite genres but adds that he also appreciates rap and hip-hop.

“I really resonate with old school music — bee bop jazz, and the soul music from the 50s and 60s,” he said. “My two favorite artists are Jill Scott and Kem. My mom used to play Jill Scott all the time and I learned all of her songs. Kem is a writer and pianist like me and he’s just a class act. One day I want to work with both of them and believe that they can guide me as I develop my talents.”

Adore was one of the standouts on America’s Got Talent for season six. From among 35,000 contestants, he was voted the judges’ favorite male singer and after advancing in Houston and Las Vegas, was selected among the top eight males.

According to his manager, Cruz, while Adore did not advance further, the experience was invaluable.

“Sure we were disappointed but we continue to be in communication with the show’s producers and have had the chance to audition with several of them,” he said. “He’s an amazing talent and has a very bright future. And he works hard — harder than anyone I’ve met in a very long time.”

Adore’s concert will mark his fourth time being showcased at the Cultural Arts Center and will be his first time sharing his original work with a local audience.

“I’m really excited but it was a bit strange writing Christmas songs last summer,” he added.

For more about Adore, email him at shadesinrhythmproductions@yahoo.com. For tickets call 305-975-1837.