Adrian James (A.J) Croce was born on September 28th, 1971 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the son of Jim and Ingrid Croce.
He suffered a brain tumor which left him completely blind at the age of four. Over the next five years or so, he regained the sight in his left eye, and it was at this time he began learning to play piano, his main influences being Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
He played his first gig, a Bar Mitzvah, at the age of 12 and was playing regularly in San Diego nightclubs by the age of 16. His amazing talent was soon recognized and he got a recording deal with Private Music at the age of 19, for whom he recorded two CD's. The first being called simply "A.J Croce" and the second called "That's Me In The Bar".
A.J made two more albums, "Fit To Serve" and "Transit" before going on in 2004 to become the owner/operator of his own record label, Seedling Records, where he recorded "Adrian James Croce" and "Cantos".
A.J has become one of the most respected musicians/singer/songwriters in the country today, recording and sharing the stage with artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Santana, Willie Nelson, Dave Mathews, Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, Morphine, B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, John Fahey, Gangstarr, John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz, Bruce Hornsby, Toni Braxton, David Garza, Fastball, and Steve Poltz, and his childhood hero Ray Charles.
TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS This Morning, VH1, MTV, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, E True Hollywood Stories, BBC’s Later with Jules Holland, and the Cable News Network.
A.J now lives in Nashville, and tours regularly with his side-kick and backup guitarist, Michael Bizar at venues throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on A.J Croce, visit his website at www.seedling records/aj-croce
Photo: A.J Croce onstage with Michael Bizar
Photo: A.J Croce with "Maggie's Guitar", after his appearance at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.