Runner-up from “The Voice” to perform at Fame Studios

Country singer Adam Wakefield performs at a live concert. Wakefield will perform at Fame Studios Aug. 17 at the Muscle Shoals to Music Row “Live” event. 

by Editor-in-Chief Monday Sanderson

Music and southern pride come together at the Muscle Shoals to Music Row “Live” event.

This year country singer Adam Wakefield, runner-up on “The Voice,” will perform Aug. 17 starting at 8 p.m. at Fame Studios.

The Sam Phillips Music Corporation hosts this two-hour live radio broadcast/webcast, according to the Muscle Shoals to Music Row “Live” website. The performance showcases country songwriters and artists, with a focus on musicians from places in between Muscle Shoals and Music Row, Tennessee.

Wakefield is performing in the fourth show in this year’s line-up. He said he will perform both original songs from his EP and some covers during the two hours.

“I might (also) throw in soul tunes to keep Muscle Shoals part of the performance,” he said.

The influence of rock and soul shows there is more from the South than just country, said senior Rosie McClendon.

“We have a lot of great music that should be showcased,” she said.

Wakefield said music from the area influenced him when he was younger, and influenced his current sound, which is country with some southern rock and soul.

“Muscle Shoals, especially Fame Studios, has been really important to music,” he said. “I grew up listening to music that came out of Muscle Shoals, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aretha Franklin. The music industry isn’t like that anymore. That was just a big group of people making really good music, hoping that something stuck.”

Wakefield said he was glad the organizers of the event invited him to perform.

“For me, it’s a really cool experience,” he said. “Even if I wasn’t playing down (in Muscle Shoals), I would still go to visit and check out those places. This will be special for me because I never dreamed that I would be able to perform at those studios. The most I expected was to get a tour of the place. For me, this is one of those stepping stones in my career that I will be able to look back on.”

While the event is private, Wakefield fans and people who enjoy country music can still listen to the entire performance.

People can listen to it live on Kix96 and there will be a recorded version on Alabama Public Television, Wakefield said.

McClendon said this is a great opportunity for casual fans and college students to listen to the performance.

Wakefield’s EP, “Blame it on Me,” is available on Pandora and Spotify.