Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Adam Stern has been surrounded by music his entire life. As a child, his parents introduced him to artists such as James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Having taken up piano and guitar at a very young age, Stern honed his talents playing along with his idols, and soon started to create music of his own.
By age twelve, Stern had formed his first band and could be found hanging out in legendary venues such as the Freight & Salvage, Ashkenaz, and La Peña. Stemming from the diverse musical culture of the Bay Area, he blended the traditions of the folk artist and troubadour with pop, reggae, funk, world rhythms, hip hop and rock to create his sound, Organic Pop.
By thirteen, Stern had written an album's worth of orignal songs. He began recording them in his room, multitracking the instruments and layering the harmonies.
At the age of fifteen he left home to continue his education. Stern lived in New England where in a barn in Bath, Maine, he recorded a large body of work on half-inch tape, intensely studying the art of analogue recording. After extensive travel he returned to California, settling in LA. In 2001 he was officially awarded & recognized by the State of California as a, “California Arts Scholar”.
From 2002 until 2007, Stern was the lead singer and writer for his band, The Grizzly Peak. After the band parted ways, Stern resumed his career as a solo artist. He spent the next few years performing around Southern California and composing a large body of work, many of these songs would eventually comprise his first solo album.
Stern recorded and independently released his debut full-length studio album, The Dreamer Child in 2009. The Dreamer Child was recorded at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys, CA with producer Ran Pink.
In February, 2011, Stern built his own recording studio and began work on his sophomore album, Cosmicology, to be released later that year. While working on Cosmicology Stern released several other singles and EPs such as Music Mondays and the Bisou Collection.
On 11/11/11 at 11:11am, Stern officially released his second full-length studio album, Cosmicology, produced by David Noily of the band Elevaters. Cosmicology is a concept album about coexistence and the fact that we're all made up of stardust.
From 2008 through 2013 Stern was working on what was to become his third full-length studio album, Sunspots. Sunspots, like Cosmicology, is a concept album. This time Stern takes us along on his inward journey through heartbreak to healing. It explores how each of us, no matter how bright, have places and moments of darkness. The cathartic nature of the record commanded that Stern be the only person featured. He played every instrument and every voice is his. Details surrounding the release of Sunspots are top secret.