Adrian D. Holmes is an emerging, , and . Since launching his independent creative career in 2014, he has published several original instrumental and orchestral compositions, produced a full-length music album, interviewed notable stars of stage and screen, and built a YouTube channel which will soon have amassed over 100,000 views.
Adrian's story begins in the mystical desert landscape of Arizona, where he was born in Phoenix in November 1996. He was adopted by a caring family at a young age, and enjoyed several happy years exploring the scenery quintessential of the American Southwest. Adrian's father—a native South Dakotan raised on Long Island, New York—instilled a lifelong passion for exploration and adventure in each of his children. Adrian's mother—a native Floridian—enjoyed their family adventures, too, and taught Adrian to appreciate the little things in life no matter where he went.
Adrian and his family would spend most every holiday with extended relatives in Florida, prompting countless airplane trips back east. These frequent flights spawned an insatiable interest in flying and air travel for Adrian that would never leave him. Little did Adrian know, years later, the thrill of his journeys would inspire him to pursue a life built around travel and exploration.
Adrian's family eventually relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, after his father retired from his engineering job in 2003. Jacksonville would be the city where Adrian had his first piano lessons, his first introduction to composing, and his first public performances. Adrian's father passed away unexpectedly in the spring of 2005, which prompted Adrian to pursue his musical abilities further, initially to distract his mind from his altered home life, then later to find a creative release for his imagination and emotions.
Adrian was homeschooled through his later elementary and middle school years. This opportunity allowed Adrian to craft his musical talents, and to perform competitively in numerous events around northeast Florida. In the meantime, he excelled in his academics. He was a high school student by the time he was twelve years old.
Adrian enrolled at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville during his ninth grade year, and attended the school for the remainder of his grade school years. He graduated from the academy, the youngest in his class, in May 2013 at the age of sixteen with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. He attended Trinity Baptist College for two more years, graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in May 2015 at the age of eighteen, the youngest in the history of the college.
Adrian stopped performing competitively while still in high school. Ever since, he has chosen to perform solely for enjoyment, either for himself or for an audience when there is one. One time on a school field trip, Adrian enjoyed the unique opportunity to perform on the piano in the salon of the Florida Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee. He has performed at other venues including the Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park in White Springs, FL, and the University of North Florida's Lazzara Hall. For several years, he served as church pianist for multiple congregations in Jacksonville and surrounding communities.
During his senior year of college, however, Adrian decided to transition his creative talents into a developed commercial endeavor. With the publication and first public performance of Adrian's original composition Cello Canto No. 1, Adrian's professional career as an artistic creator was lauched. In 2015, Adrian began work on an ambitious musical project which, eighteen months later, would become The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited—Adrian's debut full-length music album.
Pirates was the project that first catapulted Adrian and his work into the limelight. He was interviewed by multiple newspapers and made appearances on several internet talk shows. In the months leading up to the album release on New Year's Eve 2016, Adrian devised a marketing campaign which involved the assistance of nearly two dozen international stars of stage and screen, all of whom appeared in various productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta Pirates of Penzance around the world. Adrian published an interview series on his official website featuring such names as Kaye Ballard (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast, Ice Castles), Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati), Patricia Routledge (BBC's Keeping Up Appearance), Simon Gallagher (Australian music star), and others.
From the very first interview, it was obvious Adrian's plan was a success. Kaye Ballard was his first guest, and during the first week of their interview's circulation alone, Adrian's site netted over 6,000 new visitors from strictly organic promotion by Adrian and Kaye's marketing teams. Subsequent weeks were equally successful as the countdown to the album release drew near. Adrian received several endorsements from his celebrity guests, including one especially kind one from Kaye, who applauded Adrian for having "restored at least a little of my faith in young people." Kaye and Adrian would remain friends until her death in 2019.
After the release of the Pirates album, Adrian took a hiatus from producing more major musical projects. He focused on a teaching career for a couple of years, then moved on to another industry which had beckoned him from the time he was a child: the airline world.
Adrian began exploring the possibilities of hosting a YouTube channel while promoting his album, though it wouldn't be until he seriously pursued a career in aviation that he really began developing his niche within the YouTube universe. He had enjoyed the celebrity interviews he had conducted during his album marketing campaign, and thus was inspired to dabble in more interviews. He conducted a successful recorded interview with Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang in 2018. Then, once he joined the ranks of the airline world, he branched out into filming take-off and landing videos.
Entering the 2020s, Adrian plans to expand his brand by exploring the travel and aviation niche more deeply. He is also developing new musical projects to be released alongside his travel endeavors. The sky is truly the limit for Adrian and his journey. For him, he embraces the slogan of the former AirTran Airways (now merged with Southwest Airlines—Adrian's favorite air carrier*), "Go. There's nothing stopping you."