and Yanni have been playing music together for over 25 years.
Charlie began playing drums at the age of 13 after he bought
a red snare drum for fifty cents. For Charlie, the drums represent
both a physical and a creative instrument. There is great power
in playing an instrument that requires such physical prowess,
but there is grace and delicacy involved as well. He soon went
on to study with Bob Tilles and Phil Stanger of Chicago and
played a concert series with Don Ellis and Stan Kenton while
attending college. He also played in the college jazz band,
the symphony orchestra and the marching band. With his diverse
musical training and basic sense of balance and timing, Charlie
knows when to add frills and when to keep it down to bare bones.
From Chicago he headed to Minneapolis-St.Paul
where he studied with Marv Dahlgren, principal percussionist
for the Minnesota symphony. He formed the rock band Chameleon
and developed his own record label, Platinum Records. Chameleon
made Billboard charts and was renowned for Charlie’s
revolving, upside-down drum set, which he played in live concerts
and on MTV. The band toured extensively (sponsored by the
Miller Brewing Co.) performing up to 260 one-fighters a year.
Charlie then moved to Los Angeles where he joined his colleague
and former Chameleonite, Yanni and while in L.A he studied
with Ed Shaughnessy of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show.
think Charlie is one of the world’s best drummers,”
says Yanni, “and aside from
being a great musician, one of his best qualities is
Charlie’s loyalty and devotion to a project.”
Yanni and Charlie have recorded fourteen
CD’s, on which Charlie has played and written percussion
and drums and done drum programming Yanni’s In My Time
and Dare To Dream CD’s have gone platinum and Reflections
Of Passion has reached double platinum status. Live at The
Acropolis has sold over 8 million CD’s, the video has
gone platinum and it has set pledge drive records when it
has played on PBS.
Charlie has completed eight major concert
tours with Yanni. He has collaborated with Yanni as movie
consultant writing the drum and percussion parts and doing
all the research with his movie library, which consists of
over 4,000 titles. He has also been assistant engineer and
drummer on the soundtracks of various motion pictures. Their
music has been used extensively by all of the major television
sports networks, including the Superbowl, Wide World of Sports,
U.S. Open, Tour De France, World Figure Skating Championships,
The Olympics, and ABC News. Most recently, Charlie has joined
Yanni in his ambitious 2003/04 tour. Charlie has the spotlight
as a solo musician and he also plays along with Yanni’s
core band and symphony orchestra. The tour showcases Yanni’s
latest CD release, Ethnicity. Ethnicity offers an upbeat collection
of tracks that pulse with the rhythms and voices of cultures
around the globe.
and my family are my life," says Adams,
" I didn’t get into this business to
just show up for a session or a gig, collect my pay
and to home. I got into this to play, create and experiment.
I’m a composer, a producer, a musician, a performer,
a drummer, a husband and a father."
When not on tour with Yanni, Charlie lives
in Nashville with his wife, Andrea and their four children.
He owns a 24-track digital recording studio, Adams Apple Studio,
where he records and teaches drum lessons. Jimmy Chamberlin
of Smashing Pumpkins was one of his former drum students.
Charlie also tours giving drum clinics and seminars in schools
and retail stores.
Charlie has just released his DVD titled
“Stories and Solos…Life’s Journey
Through Music, Family and Autism”. He also recently announced a partnership with the
Autism Society of America to increase awareness and education
family’s first hand experience with autism, enables
Andrea and I to provide the ASA community with a parent
perspective on autism needs. We are thrilled to work
with the ASA and look forward to helping others as a
result of this partnership,” says