For nearly 20 years, DeRobert Adams has been showing audiences across the nation what it means to have raw soul. Raised up singing in the church, belting out dizzying arias punctuated by soul dripping melodies has always come second nature to the Memphis born native. As a young man, DeRobert left Memphis behind for a future in music. It literally happened overnight, as DeRobert packed his bags and never looked back. As a result, he found himself in Murfreesboro, TN attending MTSU. MTSU is big on their music industry classes. This would be the perfect place to set his dreams afoot. This is where fate gave him the opportunity to bring his powerful voice to the next level, as he met close friends Nick DeVan and David Singleton. Most noteworthy, he found the right people to go on and make a splash in the Nashville soul music scene. DeVan and Singleton founded G.E.D. Soul Records as a vehicle for their various projects with Adams and other local musicians. Before DeRobert & The Half-Truths, that was most notably Sky Hi. It can be said that without Sky Hi, there would be no G.E.D. Soul Records. The band, which began in April of 2002, has had well over two dozen musicians pass through its ranks over their decade-long existence. Nick DeVan and Dave Singleton, the founders of the label, both held long stints as drummers in the band and it was through Sky Hi that DeRobert “Dee” Adams honed his now legendary stage presence. They were known throughout the Southeast as an unstoppable party band that could lay down 4 hour sets of blisteringly, sweaty funk. Held together by founding members, alto saxophonist Aaron Heffron and bassist Tim Hawkins, the band morphed from P-Funk inspired, four on the floor bangers to pseudo-jam band funk, to raw modern soul and beyond. Players from Sky Hi have gone on to play in many other bands, including AJ & The Jiggawatts, Magic In Threes, The Grips, DeRobert & The Half-Truths and more (basically the entire G.E.D. roster). With his backing band, the Half-Truths, DeRobert has spent the last decade putting Music City soul back on the map, one scorching live set after another as the flag ship combo for G.E.D. Soul Records. Having released a pair of LPs, several EPs and 45s, DeRobert and the Half-Truths have only sharpened their brand of super syncopated soul music. With a barrage of modern soul, jazz infused jam funk, deep funk and raw soul recordings under his belt, DeRobert then released a solo album on G.E.D. subsidiary, City Bump Records, that of course features an array Sky Hi and Half-Truths alumni alongside some other talents. Adams tackles neo-soul/R&B with this one and like in all previous endeavors, excels splendidly. I truly can't wait to see what comes next this patron of the arts.
Walk Through That Door collects DeRobert Adams' complete output via G.E.D. Soul Records. I believe there may be more Sky Hi recordings than what's contained here but included is an LP, an EP and a pair of 45s. Obviously we've got the complete DeRobert & The Half-Truths collection and the fore mentioned solo album, along with several bonus tracks from each project. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.