John “Adidam” Littlejohn is a musical chameleon who slides between hip-hop, classical, jazz, and gospel, threading them together into a refreshingly unique sound.
“A.d.i.d.a.m.,” which is an acronym for “All Day I Dream About Music,” has always heard music. By society’s standards, he was not supposed to be a violinist; his family was financially poor, he had never seen nor heard anyone play classical music, and he did not begin when he was a toddler. He describes his foray into music as “a story of God’s plan and John’s ignorance.”
John did not know he was doing when he mistakenly signed up for 6th grade orchestra at an inner-city middle school in Lansing, Michigan. He thought he was signing up for the jazz band and was sorely disappointed when he arrived to a room filled with stringed instruments. In an attempt to make the best of the situation, he asked to play the double bass – the only instrument he recognized. There was only one bass, and it was taken. He then selected the cello, which looked like a baby double bass, but they were already spoken for. He did not know what a viola was. That day began his lifelong love affair with the violin.
Since then, he has been blessed to live a life full of music. John is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where he completed a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in violin performance with Herbert Greenberg, after completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan. His former teachers include Anthony Elliott, Stephen Shipps, Andrew Jennings, Ann Schoelles, and Yizhak Schotten (viola). He has served as the concertmaster of the Newark Symphony, Baltimore Sinfonietta, and Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony and has been a member of numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Baltimore Opera Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras and given recitals throughout North America and Europe.
In addition to being a violinist, John “A.d.i.d.a.m.” Littlejohn is an emcee known for his lyrical ability and distinctive cadence, which produces an original flow. He has produced two full-length solo albums, “Violinistik” and “All Day I Dream About Music.” Tim Smith, music critic of the Baltimore Sun, called his music “distinctive” with “tightly rhymed lyrics,” and a VH1 entertainment journalist called his compositions “extremely original and magnificently arranged and played.” In a review for GospelFlava.com Gerard Bonner wrote, “Many have attempted to blend classical and hip-hop. Dare we say that few can do it with the authenticity of Adidam.” John has been featured in several publications and radio programs, including: USA Today, CBC, NPR, in the Amsterdam News, the Austin Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. As a composer, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. He has collaborated with a variety of musicians including Michael Bublè, DJ Spooky, Braille, SaulPaul, Take 6, Regina Carter, Darin Atwater, and Elmo.
In 2015 John was prominently featured in an internationally-airing commercial for the diabetes medicine, Farxiga. Other movie/television credits include performing “Ave Maria” on the soundtrack of the award-winning movie, American Mary.
He is currently a member of “Infinitus”, Vancouver’s beatboxing string trio. As an active proponent of music outreach, John is the Executive Director and founder of the Thrive City String Boot Camp and the Director of the CYMC Summer Orchestra Academy. He is also on the faculty of the Delta Community Music School, Saint James Music Academy, and Vancouver Academy of Music.
He now lives in the Vancouver area with his beautiful wife, Paula, and their children.