A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Adia Victoria was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, and attended church schools until sixth grade when her mother enrolled her in public school. When her parents divorced, she began to write poetry and short stories as a means of coping with the sudden changes in her life. The transition from the Seventh-day Adventists to public school was a difficult one, leaving Victoria feeling like she didn’t fit in. Her family would leave the church before Victoria went to high school, where she was permitted to explore music for the first time.
Victoria then set out to shape her life into one of her own making. Dropping out of school, she worked a series of odd jobs, studied ballet and acting, wrote poetry, and eventually found her home in the Blues. At eighteen she went to Paris, breaking away from the cycle that followed many folks surrounding her – poverty and oppression by white supremacists and bigotry that beat down so many people. At age 21, a friend gave her an acoustic guitar which she fell in love with it, along with the discipline of learning and practice.
A Southern Gothic is Adia Victoria’s third studio album, filled with her unique style of singing and playing the acoustic guitar, coupled with heartfelt lyrics that highlight the coming of age of a new Blues artist. Both her vocals and lyrics crackle with emotion, seducing the listener deeper into the music. There is a song for every taste of the Blues, from greats such as Billie Holiday to more modern artists like Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
A Southern Gothic was released September 17, 2021 via Canvasback Records. At radio, the following stations are playing the album including, WFUV, WDST, WYEP, WRLT, KRML, KXT, and several others.