ABOUT THE BAND
Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers have been entertaining Midwest audiences with their cello infused, alternative pop/rock sound. Members Joe Adamek (acoustic guitar), Betsy Ade (lead vocals, guitar), Cameron Fair (cello), Brittany Lumley (multi-instrumentalist, supporting vocals), John Kulas (bass guitar), and Taylor Kaye (Percussion) have release an full-length album, several EP's, many videos, and just release their newest single "Move Through It" on eleased their latest EP "Path Away" on December 16, 2019. Together, the band members have an amazing mix of musical knowledge and education that provides a unique sound that is reminiscent of familiar of music from the ‘90s while being expressively groundbreaking and melodically rich. They have been humbled by their success and performing with acts that include Blind Melon, Blue October, Candlebox, Sebastian Bach, and many more. While Ade and Adamek do most of the songwriting, it’s the band’s creative spark and sonic diversity that are the driving force behind their sound.
Well-Known Strangers grew out of a 15+ year friendship between Ade and Adamek. Then, after performing at a mutual friend’s wedding in May 2014, the two discussed the possibility of a music collaboration and began seeking out talent. In February 2015, Well-Known Strangers were born. Their name comes from the idea that they were all individually “well-known” in the local music scene when they got together, but on a personal level some of them were “strangers” to one another. Proud supporters of the fight against human trafficking, LGBTQ community, and the ongoing battle against cancer, Well-Known Strangers continue to raise awareness of these important issues through community events and their talents as musicians and artists.
Fronting Well-Known Strangers, Ade’s rich lyrical gifts are essential and her vocal delivery is simply unmatched in contemporary pop/rock music. A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Ade is passionate about cancer research, after losing her mother to Hodgkin’s disease when she was just 9 years old. In 2004, Ade won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s (WAMI) “Female Vocalist of the Year” award and in 2017 won Shepherd's Express "Female Vocalist of the Year". She is also a contestant on The Voice Season 16 (Spring 2019) and got chair turns from Adam Levine and John Legend.
Adamek plays rhythm guitar and has spent over a decade playing drums, guitar and bass guitar in several bands throughout the southeast Wisconsin area. Adamek knows cancer well, having survived Liposarcoma and is currently facing Leukemia. Adamek is deeply passionate about cancer research. In addition, Adamek is a decorated Gulf War veteran, having fulfilled eight years of active service in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.
Cam has been playing cello for about 12 years, in addition to experience with bass and ukulele. Cam is currently attending UW-Parkside working towards a bachelor's degree in Cello Performance and a Computer Science certificate. After college, Cam intends to start working on his Master’s in Cello Performance.
Kulas, an all-around excellent guitarist, utilizes his diverse abilities to hone his talent on bass, and is the driving force behind the band's social media successes.
Brittany began playing guitar and writing songs in high school. While she was in college at UW-Madison, she performed and recorded with both an Indie Folk band and a Math Rock band in addition to her work as a solo singer songwriter. Brittany also sang with a jazz music ensemble at UW-Madison which has influenced her smooth, yet bold vocal style and her ability to improvise.
Taylor Kaye has been playing drums for 12 years, having played in the high school jazz band and a few different bands post high school. Taylor has a wide-range of musical tastes and her energy and attitude is integral to the band's success. Taylor has her degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers have been recognized through numerous awards and nominations, including the following (in addition to those listed above) winners of the 2019 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Rock/Pop Band Category and the 2017 Milwaukee A-List "Best Local Band," Runner-up 2017 and 2018 Shepherd Express "Best Band," and 2018 WAMI awards for "Best Rock/Pop Band" Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon and heard on Pandora and Apple Music.