Musicians Institute is proud to bring some of the best working musicians onto our campus to inspire our students and give them insight into what a career in the music industry holds. With this new series on our blog, we will start to highlight upcoming clinicians or panelists and give you a quick bio and introduction to who will be here. We know that the school weeks and outside life can get busy, but we encourage our students to really take advantage and stop in to watch and listen to these masters at work.

Who: Adam Blackstone

What: Multi-instrumentalist, bassist, writer, and musical director

Why: Adam Blackstone is a celebrated and awarded musical director who has worked with some of the biggest names in the pop, r&b and hip-hop world. Some of the acts he has musical directed for include Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Eminem and Justin Timberlake. Blackstone’s music expertise has led to him directing on some of the biggest musical moments on television, including on the Oscars, NBC’s “The Voice,” the Grammy Awards, and numerous BET, VH1 and MTV specials. This past July, Blackstone was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in the category of Outstanding Music Direction!

Blackstone also owns and runs his own full-service music company, BASSic Black Entertainment, which offers live music production, musician staffing, artist development and studio production. He also has a record label, BBE.

You don’t want to miss the chance to get important and personal insight from a professional who has seen it all in the highest levels of the music industry! Hope to see you there!