News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Tues. Feb. 14, 2012: Those fans watching Adele’s first post surgery performance at the Grammy’s Sunday night, may also have caught sight of her pianist, who accompanied her during her performance of “Rolling In The Deep.”
He is Miles Robertson, Adele’s musical director and keyboardist who was born in Barbados. Robertson was born into a family of musicians. His maternal grandparents as well as his mother, Janice Millington, were established Barbadian artists, and his father, Raf Robertson is a noted Caribbean jazz pianist.
Robertson bases his success on hard work, discipline and dedication, for which he gives credit to his mother, a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, United Kingdom. His mother began to train him in classical piano and violin at age four. He ensures that her legacy lives on by naming his production company Anita J. Productions Inc. However, it wasn’t until Robertson was 14 that he decided he wanted to pursue a career in music. While attending the Lodge School, he began drumming for the school ensemble.
His professional breakthrough came in 2005, when he toured as a backup musician for Atlantic recording Soca artiste Rupee. As either a keyboardist or musical director, Miles has worked with a diverse group of artists, including rocker Drew Seeley, the gospel group Take 6, rapper Fabolous, One Republic, Ashley Tisdale, Sean Kingston, jazz musician Najee and old school band Lisa Lisa & Cultjam. In 2008, Robertson began touring with the now six-time Grammy Award winning international music sensation, Adele. As her keyboardist, he has appeared on numerous television shows including Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
He has also toured with Irish singer Laura Izibor in the United Kingdom and continues to play at clubs in New York City such as The Village Underground and Club Groove during the few breaks he gets from his hectic touring schedule.
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