Nicknamed “the little woman with the big voice," Akina Adderley is a vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, conductor, and educator based in Austin, Texas. Akina currently fronts five projects: a new eponymous soul-rock project, Akina Adderley and the Upper East Side (a jazz-rooted neo-soul group), Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (an 8-piece horn-driven soul band, with whom she has released two records), Nori (a nu-jazz outfit, with whom she has released an EP and two full-length records), and a straight-ahead jazz sextet. Akina has performed all over the country and has shared bills with Booker T., Budos Band, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, as well as local favorites Gary Clark, Jr., Bright Light Social Hour, Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, and Carolyn Wonderland. She also sings backing vocals live and on recordings for a number of local artists. Audiences "instantly fall for her dynamism and her superstar performance" (Laurie Gallardo, KUT 90.5 FM), and are always moved by what the Austin American Statesman calls her “rich, emotive pipes.” Akina has enjoyed great local success and support; she is a Black Fret artist, a songwriter with The House of Songs, has been spotlighted several times on KUTX with the Song of the Day and the Austin Music Minute, was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle (as well as several articles and show recommendations in all the major local publications), and was honored in 2012 by the mayoral proclamation of Akina Adderley Day in Austin.
Akina’s educational background includes a BA from Yale University, graduation from New York’s LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (“the Fame school”), and music training from Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, and The New School. Akina is the Music Director at Griffin School, where she teaches voice lessons, composition, music theory, and performance.