Nathanael Barthelemy, known by his stage name A.D., is a Haitian American record producer, executive producer, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Adoniz Muzik Group and No Shave Never. He has both produced albums and overseen the careers of singers and rappers, including Jaye Jerz, D Hart, and Biggins the Bully.
A.D. began his career as a member of his father’s orchestra band, his church choir, school choir and finally as a member of a singing group called “Harmony” before venturing off and taking on music on his own terms.
In 2012, he built his own recording studio and established his own label, Adoniz Muzik Group, in 2015. A.D. has worked with countless of artists on many different levels both nationally and internationally. He seeks the best from his entire staff and he strongly believes that his team is strong.
His favorite Hashtag: “#myteamstrong”.
Learn more about A.D in this week’s Spotlight Saturday.
WHAT DOES ADONIZ MUZIK GROUP DO
Adoniz Muzik Group provides and sells musical services to artists who are in need of a hit record.
A.D. says: “We write, produce, engineer, mix and master song in the genres of pop, hip hop, r&b, soul and gospel. We can take a song from beginning to end. We also have 5 up and coming artists signed to the label.”
HOW ADONIZ MUZIK GOT STARTED
“My business got started with a dream. I’ve always been good at music, but my dream pushed me to really tackle music not only as a musician, but as a business as well. Learning the different levels of music apart from being just an artist was the beginning of the rolling stone of Adoniz Muzik Group.”
ADVICE TO SOMEONE PURSUING THEIR DREAMS
Never give up.
Work and perfect your craft.
Trust that God will show and guide you through, to and beyond your purpose.
His dad and brother.
A.D. explains: “Neither one of them are musicians or pursued any field in music, however, they are both very saavy business men. Watching them, I saw what it was to target and tackle a business. The field of business didn’t matter; it’s the principles used to attain success that does.”
“If I'm going to be a leader then I have to go places that other people are afraid to go to. That's what makes a leader. To not be afraid to step out and go over the frontline. To stare darkness right in the face.” -R. Kelly
A.D.’s favorite pastimes include martial arts, working out, playing video games, watching Netflix and play fighting with his out of control nieces and nephews.
IF HIS LIFE WERE A MOVIE
“If my life were a movie it would be titled: Oh SHYT!!!”
A.D. explains: “So much madness has occurred in and outside of music where the only phrase that would best describe the madness is “OH SHYT!!!” All the lessons learned have made me the producer, songwriter, concept creator and musical mind that I am.”
ADVICE TO YOUNGER SELF
Keep pressing forward no matter what happens in life.
Absorb everything and learn from it all.
Things only get harder as you progress in your passion.
Success isn’t given; it’s earned.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
“In the future, you can expect some incredible music to be released by my label from my amazing artists. You can also expect other business ventures in the world of fashion.”