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Singing from the soul

Growing up in Pumpkin Center, Adam Beard was always singing — as long as no strangers were around.
He would sing for his family, sing while jumping in puddles and sing while shampooing his hair.
“I sang in the shower because it had that echo effect,” he said.
It wasn’t until Adam, now 19, entered high school that he developed the nerve to sing in front of a crowd.
“I was always shy up until a few years ago — you couldn’t get me to say nothing,” he said. “I’ve come a long way now.”
The New Vision Christian Academy graduate has come so far, in fact, that he’s performed across the region — from Myrtle Beach to Maryland — and has a debut CD titled “God’s Word Will Stand.”
It all began for Beard when he started singing Sundays at Pearl Baptist Church. He became a big hit.
“He’s 19 when you talk to him, but when he’s on the stage, he’s 35,” said Linda Moore, a member of Pearl Baptist Church and an executive producer of Beard’s album.
From there, Moore and her husband approached Beard, asking him “Do you really want to sing?” The answer was yes, and with the help of Gary Rushing with Rushing Winds Studio in Dallas, Beard created his first CD.
“It’s happening so fast,” Beard said. “It feels like a whirlwind.”
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 “Walker Texas Ranger.”
“Ever since then, I haven’t been the same,” he said.
He hopes his songs will bring other people into the Christian faith.
“The message of southern gospel is clear,” he said. “The lyrics are what change people’s lives.”
His parents fully support his efforts. Beard’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.
“I personally think the sky’s the limit for Adam,” Rushing said.
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by Sarah Grano

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