Live Review: Aunjel Adams

aunjelpicThe Lexington Bar
Los Angeles, CA
Contact: booking[at]
The Players:
Aunjel Adams, singer; the Homies: Matt Spatola, guitar; Javon Harvey, keys; Brandon Jenkins; drums; and Jon Grey, bass.

Material: With an outlook like Queen Latifah and the jazzy style of Norah Jones, Aunjel Adams wears her heart on her sleeve, performing spoken-word over neo-soul instrumentals provided by her group, the Homies. Hi-hats, drums, cymbals and guitar riffs work in unison to orchestrate an organic  ensemble of passion and progression. One can see star quality in this expressive songwriter and her crew. “Enemy” identifies the struggles we all face when we contemplate self-doubt; and mediocrity is not an option. Meanwhile, songs like “Give In” reference missed opportunities when a boy and girl feel initial attraction to each another but do not follow through. Both genders have a varied perception on mandating love and such themes are present throughout this act’s music.

Musicianship: As a solo artist and as the lead singer for her group, Adams’ warm tone also has the versatility to rap a verse at 100 bpm. The Homies stay relaxed, yet upbeat, moving to the rhythms. The drummer, the keyboardist, and the two guitarists create an encouraging vibe. Their music is positive, reflective and progressive.

Performance: Adams and company are the definition of soulful. Their performance was casual and suave. Covers of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone” illustrated how committed Adams and her crew are to expressing emotions to the crowd. Their hunger to be recognized was evident. From Aunjel’s vocal range to her band’s jovial, relaxed vibe. As long as they continue to collectively cultivate their skills as musicians, they’ll someday reach the next level.

Summary: Aunjel Adams and the Homies understand the fundamentals of being performers. Together they know how to entertain and keep their audience engaged. The same formula that worked for bands like No Doubt or Joan Jett & the Blackhearts or even Evanescence, can work for this group. Adams and the Homies have an affirmative message to spread, and continuous effort in building a catalog of influential songs can help keep them growing as a sustainable band. Provided they continue to develop and build confidence as a team, this group may one day be a musical force to be reckoned with.

– Adam Seyum