Tina Adair made quite a name for herself in bluegrass before many performers her age had played their first show. Her family band, The Adairs, won the 1996 Pizza Hut Bluegrass Showdown when Tina was 17 years old, and within a few weeks, she had signed a recording contract with Sugar Hill Records. Her first Sugar Hill album, Just You Wait And See, came out in ’97. Produced by Jerry Douglas and featuring such luminaries as Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Viktor Krauss, Charlie Cushman, Keith Little, and Alan O’Bryant, the project sold well and garnered praise from radio and critics. After four years touring, Tina pulled back from music to study in college, though she did release one self-produced CD, All You Need, in 2000.
After completing undergraduate studies at Belmont University in Nasvhille, TN, she went to work in Nashville while also attending graduate school. But the music just can’t be denied.
“One of my goals was to always get a college degree and was highly encouraged by my family. My brother and I were first generation college students, and my parents worked very very hard in order to pay for both both of our college educations. I’m very blessed!
Another goal was to live in Nashville, TN. Therefore, I found Belmont University where I studied and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Music Business, perfectly suited to my goals. Boy…it would have come in much handier if I’d only had that knowledge about five years earlier when everything in my music career begin taking off!!
Upon graduating from Belmont, I began work in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont, where I still reside. I am the Director of the Advising Center in the Curb College and I have been at Belmont now for 18 years!"
In February of 2012 Tina released another solo record titled "Born Bad" of which she recorded at Nashville's historic OceanWay Studios. For more info on this release please click on this link: BORN BAD CD info.
In December of 2012 Tina joined forces with four other prominent ladies in bluegrass music to form the all star female group called Sister Sadie which features Tina on vocals and mandolin along with Dale Ann Bradley (vocals, guitar), Gena Britt (vocals, banjo), Beth Lawrence (vocals, bass) and Deanie Richardson (fiddle). Since the formation of Sister Sadie they have released a self title project on Pinecastle Records that reached #1 for four months on the Roots Music Charts and #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts. Their sophomore project title, Sister Sadie II was released in August of 2018 and in 2019, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts & was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the top five for Best Bluegrass Album category. They also made their debut on the GRAND OLE OPRY on March 30th, 2019 : SISTER SADIE. Tina and her bandmates in Sister Sadie took home the prestigious IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Award at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards making history as the first all female band to win this coveted award! Fast forward one year, to the 2020 International Bluegrass Music Awards, and Sister Sadie made history once again as they won the coveted Entertainer of the Year being the first all female group to ever win this award as well as taking home their second Vocal Group of Year award!