Life & Times of
Originally formed in 1999 by bass player Leif Lewis and producer/ keyboardist John Adams, keyboardist Sheila Johnson and drummer Vinnie Adams, this group has succeeded in defying the music industry status quo with their brand of adult alternative. Nineveh Road is (left to right) Vincent Adams, Leif Lewis, John Adams and Vince "Papa Bear" Parker. They offer a rich and revealing musical menu with their debut release "The Life & Times of..." a semi-autobiographical glimpse into the ups and downs in the lives of these four talented artists.This debut release is a labor of love and pain, tragedy and triumph, personal loss and defiant victory, as demonstrated in songs like "Granted", "What I Can't Have", The Ghetto Rose" and the flagship anthem, "The Nineveh Road". The results are an upbeat and hopeful set with a message full of hope. Originally set to be released in 2000, the effort was interrupted when John Adams' son, Immanuel, was diagnosed with brain cancer as a result of a brain tumor and subsequently, required John's maximum attention. Then in 2003, as Immanuel overcame the disease, John's wife, Cheryl, was diagnosed with breast cancer that required immediate surgery. Both Cheryl and Immanuel are alive and well today. John says jokingly, "Naturally, you don't walk away from experiences like these without something to say. I just decided to put a few of them into a record before a house decided to drop on me." Leif E. Lewis - Writer, composer, producer, musician, has been playing and interpreting music for over thirty years. With a wide range of musical influences available early on, his blend of jazz, funk, rock, and soul, has given him quite a palette of colors to choose from when it comes to making music. As a sideman on R&B or jazz productions, to leading his own 70's 8-piece funk band, his presence and punch is counted on to, bring and convey just the right mood with every note and nuance. A very energetic and enthusiastic performer, he is used to working up quite a sweat during a set of tunes, and calls for the best from those around him. Says Leif; 'I feel the music as kind of a conversation, or story between myself and the listener. I want them to see it as well as feel it!' The year 2003 also saw the arrival of the most recent member, Vincent Parker who offers many of his experiences through the songs as well. Hailing from Detroit, MI., this 3rd grade Lutheran church choir upstart discovered his talent and love for singing at a very early age, under the influence of a musical family with two singing parents, a house-music-loving sister, and a brother who loved rock n 'roll - one whom he claims was a major catalyst for his musical awakening. His classically trained pipes gave him lots of power to tackle band after band, gigging across the country in various musical styles, from Disneyworld to the Apollo Theater and even Carnegie Hall. Then he met John. Fast forward and that collaboration lead to Vince singing lead on the Sylvester Cabel penned and John Adams produced track, "Flowers for My Baby." Since it's release in 2005, the breakout dance hit video has catapulted forward by winning the Anime Fan Film Festival at Metrocon in June 2006, thus solidifying Vince's destiny to be a part of something big. And yet, in many ways for Vince, this is only the beginning.... As a musical team since childhood, the release of "The Life and Times Of..." is the literal fulfillment of a lifelong dream for brothers John & Vincent Adams. 'Vinnie' reflects proudly on the 'road less traveled' which brought them back together, after a few years of individual performing pursuits - one of which led him to Broadway as a member of the legendary cast of STOMP: "Those were times of testing for me which brought about a series of - shall we say, 'well conceived accidents.' When John moved toward more production, I hadn't yet gotten the performance bug out yet. My 1st professional audition in life, apart from the family collab, put me on Broadway. That put me on TV. TV put me on tour with another similar company. And that put me on records. It's great to have a friend in high places'', he muses, alluding to the devout Christian faith both brothers share. They are comfortably poised for the wave that will hit the world when their stories are told because they are living testaments of survival. They can't wait to tell the world. With 2004 seeing a new configuration in the present NR line up, a new A&R effort was launched which gave birth to songs on this debut release.