Philip Adams was born and raised in Garland, Texas, and has been a writer since the age of fourteen. His first accomplishment in writing was a piece titled, “Gods Sent Son” in 1977. This was the beginning of a large body of work, which would be recognized by, “The International Society of Poets” later in his life.
Mr. Adams had the fortunate circumstance of meeting an accomplished songwriter/musician named Mike Foster, from McMinnville, TN, through one of his friends. Mike Foster became a life long friend, and co-wrote songs with Mr. Adams. Mike Foster saw Mr. Adams gifts and aspirations to become an accomplished poet/songwriter, and they began to write songs together. The two composed a large catalog of songs together, and traveled to Nashville, TN to pitch their body of work to Nashville artists. This afforded him the opportunity to meet and work with many other talented songwriters in Nashville, such as Bobby Boyd, “Two of a Kind Working on Full House”; Bobby Keel, who had several songs cut with Hank Williams, Jr.; Don Mealer; Kenny Bagget; and Wayne Brown just to name a few.
It was serendipity that Mr. Adams was scheduled for a writing session with Don Mealer, and when Mr. Adams arrived for his session, Don Mealer was absent. However, another great new friend was made that day named Rosey, she was in attendance at the writing session. The time that followed from this meeting resulted in the writing of six songs together, as well as the opportunity for Mr. Adams to assist Rosey with completing three of her own unfinished songs. Unbeknownst to Mr. Adams, this great new friend that he had been working with was the daughter of June Carter and J.R. Cash, until a month later. He was invited for another writing session at her private residence, and commented on her large collection of photos of June Carter and Johnny Cash in her home. He remarked, “you must be a huge Carter/Cash fan”, and Rosey replied, “No, they are my family”.
Mr. Adams and his Rosey became close friends, working together on songwriting, music, and enjoying life together. Mr. Adams
is referenced by Rosey in an episode of the Ralph Emery Show, aka, “Nashville Now”, in which June Carter was hosting. She performed a song she had written in the early 80s, “Pardon My Moods”, which has also been recorded, but unreleased by Waylon Jennings. She mentions in her interview, with her mother, that she had been writing songs with a, “new friend”.
Another iconic event in Mr. Adams life, and career, Lou Robbins from Sony Records calls the home of Mr. Adams and Rosey Carter. During Mr. Adams conversation with Mr. Robbins, he asked Mr. Adams if he had been writing, or heard of any good Rockabilly songs lately. Mr. Adams, who is also known among his close family and friends for his quick wit responded, “No, I don’t have any Rockabilly, but I do have some Popabilly! It has a little bit more Pop, than Rock!” Mr. Adams made his Rosey laugh, which he often did, and she delightfully informed Mr. Adams that he had just named their record label, PoPaBiLLy MuZic! Since that day, all of their work has been written and produced under their indie label name, “PoPaBiLLy MuZic, LLC”.
Johnny Cash and June Carter were both very endeared to Philip Adams for his continued efforts to guard and protect Rosey Carter. During a trip the Carter/Cash family took to Jamaica in 2000, Mr. Adams was contacted and invited to join the family. During Mr. Adams journey and holiday with the Carter/Cash family, Mr. Adams and Rosey were united in marriage, on February 8, 2000. His wife paid tribute to Mr. Adams in song at their wedding reception by performing a song she had wrote just for him titled, “Out of Harms Way”, and is a track on her CD produced by PoPaBiLLy MuZic.
The Carter/Cash family has been a significant influence, and part of Mr. Adams life. Since the devestating passing of his late wife, Rosey Carter, Mr. Adams continues to contribute all that he has experienced, learned and been entrusted with from his loving family to write, produce, and support music. Not only does he continue to aspire to be an accomplished writer, producer, and mentor to other artists, but he also wants to make the most important people in his life proud.
In 2003, the passing of Mr. Adams mother-in-law, father-in-law, and his wife, was an unexpected and turbulent change of life event for Mr. Adams. His strength, and tenacity has allowed him to rise above the heartache of his loss, and to continue on, as his loving family would have wanted him too.
Philip Adams, in his lifetime, has co-written and co-produced with the likes of Johnny Cash; John Carter; Rosey Carter; Bobby Boyd; Bobby Keel; Wayne Brown; Kenny Bagget; Mike Foster; Don Mealer; Jimmy Tittle; Mike Foster; Merle Kilgore; Tommy Roberts; Jimmy Campbell; Jerry Sartain; Bob House; Tye Robinson of January Sound, and Tommy Allsup of Buddy Holly and The Crickets.
In 2007, Philip Adams body of work received special acknowledgement, by the, “International Society of Poets”. He was honored as one of the countrys top poets, along with ninety nine others. In Las Vegas, he participated in a special ceremony and was awarded, “Outstanding Achievement in Poetry”. His piece titled, “Too Many Thorns in Roseys Side” is the first work cited in their book, “Songs of Honour”, and was published by Noble House Publishers Poetry Division New York-London-Paris in 2006.
More of Mr. Adams songwriting history, and compelling story pieces are found in PoPaBiLLy MuZics 2008 CD productions, “The Fiddler and The Rose” featuring Mr. Adams and “The Wildwood Rose” featuring Rosey Carter inserts. “The Fiddler and The Rose” inserts captivating opening statement reads, “This album has been a labor of love and it reflects many of the experiences I have shared and suffered with all the people who I have loved and lost.”