Growing up in Pumpkin Center, Adam Beard was always singing â€” as long as no strangers were around.
He would sing for his family, sing while jumping in puddles and sing while shampooing his hair.
â€œI sang in the shower because it had that echo effect,â€ he said.
It wasnâ€™t until Adam, now 19, entered high school that he developed the nerve to sing in front of a crowd.
â€œI was always shy up until a few years ago â€” you couldnâ€™t get me to say nothing,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve come a long way now.â€
The New Vision Christian Academy graduate has come so far, in fact, that heâ€™s performed across the region â€” from Myrtle Beach to Maryland â€” and has a debut CD titled â€œGodâ€™s Word Will Stand.â€
It all began for Beard when he started singing Sundays at Pearl Baptist Church. He became a big hit.
â€œHeâ€™s 19 when you talk to him, but when heâ€™s on the stage, heâ€™s 35,â€ said Linda Moore, a member of Pearl Baptist Church and an executive producer of Beardâ€™s album.
From there, Moore and her husband approached Beard, asking him â€œDo you really want to sing?â€ The answer was yes, and with the help of Gary Rushing with Rushing Winds Studio in Dallas, Beard created his first CD.
â€œItâ€™s happening so fast,â€ Beard said. â€œIt feels like a whirlwind.â€
The CD is southern gospel, the style Beard has always loved most. Raised in a religious family, Beard was saved at the age of 8 after watching â€œWalker Texas Ranger.â€
â€œEver since then, I havenâ€™t been the same,â€ he said.
He hopes his songs will bring other people into the Christian faith.
â€œThe message of southern gospel is clear,â€ he said. â€œThe lyrics are what change peopleâ€™s lives.â€
His parents fully support his efforts. Beardâ€™s new singing career has taken him to conventions across the region, as well as a few weddings and a funeral.
He plans to pursue performing locally while attending Gaston College, and he has a strong support system in place.
â€œI personally think the skyâ€™s the limit for Adam,â€ Rushing said.
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by Sarah Grano