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Point of Reference

by Adam Whiting

Solo singer/songwriter, Adam Whiting, represents his classical training in his songs with intricate fingerstyle patterns and moving melodies. His dark voice fuses with acoustic sounds combined with electric impressions to create a highly original style.
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Adam is a singer/songwriter with roots that delve deep into the classical music culture. He spent seven years at North Carolina School of the Arts on a long journey through high school and college, which culminated in a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance.

After graduating, he moved to New York City where he taught music and guitar lessons at a small school in Queens, New York. While in New York, Adam immersed himself in the culture offered by the city and reveled in the arts that have continuously influenced him. After three years, he returned to North Carolina, laying down roots in the Charlotte area.

Adam's playing style is an eclectic mix of multiple elements that have inspired him. His classical training is well represented in his songs with intricate fingerstyle patterns and moving melodies. This is fused with his love and appreciation for acoustic sounds combined with electric impressions. His utilization of effects pedals and instrument looping adds a unique dimension to the acoustic guitar and his sound. He has long admired the work of Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and Jeff Buckley. Currently, influential artists include Damien Rice, Alexi Murdoch, and Pedestrian.


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Charlotte Magazine

Adam Whiting’s deep, woodsy voice and sophisticated guitar lines evoke images of
Adam Whiting’s deep, woodsy voice and sophisticated guitar lines evoke images of someone who has lived a lot of life and played a lot of music. But Whiting is just twenty-four, and “Point of Reference” is his first CD.

Equal parts singer/songwriter and classical guitarist, Whiting studied at the N.C. School of the Arts. After graduation, he spent some time in New York City, then moved to Charlotte and jumped onto the coffeehouse circuit. “Point of Reference” matches six of his own songs with works for classical guitar by three fine composers: Carlo Domeniconi, Agustin Barrios Mangore, and Leo Brouwer. The mix of genres—coffeehouse songs and classical suites—might seem a bit odd at first, but listening to the album reveals the ties that bind the two halves together. A multilayered texture, for example, which sounds as though two guitars were playing instead of one, is as much a characteristic of Whiting’s song accompaniments as it is of the classical compositions.

The pieces also share a predilection for minor tonalities, which narrows the range of Whiting’s expression. We hear melancholy, intensity, wistfulness—even anger, but we never feel joy or triumph or humor.

While the palette of moods has only dark colors, the music offers diversity in other ways. Domeniconi’s “Koyunbaba” is Turkish in flavor, with a frenzied Presto section at the end. The Paraguayan Mangore conjures the ghost of Bach in “The Cathedral,” and Brouwer’s “Danza Caracteristica” leaps with Afro-Cuban syncopation.

Whiting’s own songs are earnest and poetic. He shows much promise for the years ahead.

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte's Adam Whiting, a classically trained guitarist and singer-songwriter, introduces both sides of his musical personality on his self-released debut album, "Point of Reference." The disc is divided into two parts. The first half contains original material, which ranges from quiet psychedelia of the title track to experimental folk. The second half of the disc finds Whiting's fingers dancing through classical compositions by Carlo Domeniconi, Agustin Barrios Mangore, and Leo Brouwer. While the juxtaposing styles his range as a player, even his original material isn't folkie, coffeehouse fare. Whiting's voice is low and brooding like a less-dramatic, Southern Eddie Vedder, but it's his guitar work that stands out.

Jennifer Foster, WDAV Classical Public Radio

IT WOULD BE TEMPTING to depict Adam Whiting as a diamond in the rough. There is, after all, a pleasing edginess to his playing. A rough and tumble quality surges through his direct and highly original approach to making music. But after a thorough sit-down with his remarkable debut release, "Point of Reference", it's clear this edge comes not from lack of polish, but from an intuitive grasp of exactly when to obsess and when to let go. Listen carefully and you will hear an artist making sophisticated choices every second of the way. The result is a seductive balance between raw and defined. A meticulously crafted, rough-hewn sheen radiates from every track. It's push and pull, give and take. It's like life. And it's irresistible.