ⓘ Alberta Adams

Alberta Adams

ⓘ Alberta Adams

Alberta Adams was an American Detroit blues, jump blues, and Chicago blues singer. Adams was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was raised in Detroit, she began performing as a tap dancer and nightclub singer in the 1930s. In 1952, she landed a recording contract with Chess Records and recorded alongside Red Saunders for the record label. Adams toured alongside Duke Ellington, Eddie Vinson, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, and T-Bone Walker amongst others.

Her solo career saw her secure a recording contract with the now defunct Cannonball Records, and she recorded two albums for them: 1999s Born With the Blues and 2000s Say Baby Say. Her 2004 album, Im on the Move, was released on Eastlawn Records label. In 2006 she released the EP Detroits Queen of the Blues, which was named Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording at the 2006 Detroit Music Awards.

At age 91 she recorded Detroit Is My Home, with Ann Rabson and Thornetta Davis as guest artists.

Adams died in Detroit, Michigan after a period of failing health, aged 97.