Adjacent Cruise

Adjacent Cruise is a merge of different musical styles and culture. Singer-songwriter Shannon Richardson on lead vocals and guitar, has strong influence from blues, reggae, country, folk, pop and many legendary rock n’ roll musicians. His songwriting style and vocal performance are often compared to music by Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Sublime. Classically-trained musician Yuen Yee Richardson, born and raised in Hong Kong, currently living in Chicago, on backing vocals, piano, clarinet and saxophone, admires many of the classical masters and contemporary composers, from Baroque to modern.

The two musicians of contrasting musical styles and background came together and formed Adjacent Cruise, which aims to share similar interests while bringing differences together. Adjacent Cruise also collaborates with other musicians and artists of different styles and culture, from time to time, sharing their passion and appreciation for a great variety of music and art forms.

Actively performing since 2016, Adjacent Cruise has performed at many local music venues, bars and restaurants, cafes, music and art festivals, neighborhood and community events as well as fundraisers and private events. Adjacent Cruise recently released their 20-track Debut Album “Light as a Feather, Heavy like the Sun” in September 2019.

Album Reviews

“A talented songwriter and instrumentalist from Chicago, Richardson brings a combination of emotionally charged late ’90s alternative balladry and the pop sensibilities of folkies like Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. Richardson is joined by multi-instrumentalist Yuen Yee Richardson, a classically trained artist who imbues these songs with ornate production elements and a cinematic flair.”  – Divide & Conquer, Ryan Kachikis​, 2019 (Full Article)

“…unravels as a concordant aural smorgasbord of Folk, Indie, and unadulterated Americana. If you can imagine a hybrid soundscape with elements of Bowie, the White Stripes, and Elliot Smith, you’d almost get an idea of the mesmerism which lies in tracks such as Woolves. Thanks to the colourful lyrics which spill plenty of imagery and the authentic bluesy Rock n Roll rhythms, it’s fairly difficult not to fall into this melodious track and allow it to fade out without experiencing adoration for the nostalgically inclined single.”  – A&R Factory, Amelia Vandergast, 2019 (Full Article)

“The band is made up of Illinois native Rock Singer-songwriter Shannon Richardson and Hong Kong born-and-raised Classically-trained musician Yuen Yee Richardson. Their different styles merge together perfectly to create a blend of easy-listening music with unique and powerful lyrics.”  – The Tidbit, Taylor Leddin, 2019 (Full Article)


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