Growing up in South Carolina, Adia Victoria’s life revolved around her Seventh Day Adventist congregation. The hymnal was her main source of music and attended the church’s school until her parents divorced. Eventually she dropped out of high school and moved to New York, but was living in Atlanta by 21. There she fell in love with the Delta Blues. “I heard this kind of soundtrack to what I was already going through,” Victoria says. “It was just like: Y’all went through it too! You’ve been tried by the same fire that I’ve been tried in, as a black Southerner.” She started to write songs and sing them for her cat but unfortunately, she saw her words come to life with the Black Lives Matter movement. With the killings of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice she knew more people needed to hear her art. Download “Dead Eyes” off her debut album Beyond The Bloodhounds and learn more about Adia Victoria at her Official Website, “Like” her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
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