Adam Falcon is courageous. So many people spend their whole lives trying to “get there” and “make it”. Adam Falcon not only mastered that, he also gave it all away. Born and raised in the Bronx, with a mother from Harlem and a father from New Orleans, Adam knew nothing else but playing music and the city of New York.
When New York was still gritty and thriving with a pulse, Adam was discovering music as any rambunctious 15 year old would. Sneaking into The Fillmore East to watch Sly and The Family Stone and tuning into WNEW- FM to hear innovative DJs like Rosko, Scott Muni, Pete Fornatelle and “The Nightbird” herself Allison Steele, taking risks as they often once did. “FM radio was very much the underground radio back then” Adam says over coffee at the Film Center Café. “To this day those risks still inspire my music”.
From his days of watching the Everly Brothers, B.B. King and Led Zeppelin in Central Park, Falcon knew that this city was coursing through his veins. It became his soul; his passion and he wanted to translate that into his playing. He always new he could sing, but guitar became his gift and the news of his talent spread like wildfire throughout the city. At 16 he had his first taste of being in a recording studio recording tracks with his band. And, that band had a deal on the table with Atlantic Records. Adam went on to be one of New York City’s most sought after session and touring guitarists. He wound up working with Phyllis Hyman, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Sophie B. Hawkins, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Arif Mardin, and Robert Palmer to name a few.
While working as a Broadway pit musician, it was by chance that Adam met Rick James. From that meeting, the Grammy award winning James invited Falcon to a recording session at Atlantic Studios. There, James was working on a duet with Chaka Khan, which was being produced by the legendary Arif Mardin. Mardin and Falcon both shared an acquaintance with George Benson. On an album that Mardin was set to produce, Falcon was asked to contribute a song for George Benson to record. Not only did Faclon write the composition, he arranged and played on that track as well. That song is “In Search Of A Dream” from the George Benson Grammy nominated album “In Your Eyes”. Soon after writing this hit for the singer/guitar virtuous Benson, famed record producer Tommy Lipuma asked Falcon to repeat his magic for Benson a second time. Out of Prince’s Paisley Park Studio came Falcon’s sophomore hit for Benson “True Blue”, from the album “That’s Right.”