Hadar Adora Finds a Balance Between Soul and Pop in Her Latest EP, Adult Girl

Hadar Adora
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Hadar Adora
Rhythm and blues is finally getting the attention it deserves in South Florida. Over the past few years, entire platforms have been dedicated to the genre, including the event production company RnBae Collective, themed parties such as Friends & Lovers at Coyo on Sunday nights, and even an entire festival, Best Life. Safe to say, R&B is not dead. The underground scene isn’t dead either. It's filled with talented singers such as Hadar Adora, who blends soul and pop to put a spin on traditional R&B.

Adora’s adorable baby face and piercing brown eyes easily tell a love story. The 22-year-old stands a bit over five feet, wears her blond hair tousled, and projects an attitude of knowing what she wants and how to get it. Born and raised in New York and now living in Boca Raton, she has been singing her entire life. “A lot of my family can sing and play instruments," Adora says. "There are even bands in the family. I think it’s just in my blood.” After moving to South Florida a few years ago, she made music her top priority.

She spends most of her day writing or in the studio creating sweet lullabies and potential hits that show off her wide range and vocal control. If you’ve ever hurt her feelings, you're probably mentioned in the notebook of blue-inked love lyrics she carries with her. Her lyrical subjects vary from song to song, but she always keeps things positive. “Love always inspires me, good or bad. I find love in different ways,” she says. "Shitty men inspire [my music], of course, and relationships, but I just go based on my energy. Sometimes I write with an intention of expressing something that happened or that I’m going through, and other times it’s just stories from characters in my head.”

Some of those stories ended up on her latest EP, Adult Girl, released in September. A fusion of soul and pop-trap, the album sits at six tracks, totaling only 17 minutes that will make you beg for more. "The name Adult Girl explains the blend of vibes inside me," Hadar says. “My mom sometimes calls me ‘very.’ I’m very up, very down; very loud, very quiet. I have two parts of me. I guess one is mature and one is childlike. I’m never one side for too long; I always go back and forth.” The project allows listeners into her thoughts — telling the stories of past loves, uplifting notions, and progress — and leaves the door open for her next body of work.
“A lot of my music has R&B vibes... but it’s also kinda weird and eccentric at times with my melodies. It all depends on the song. While pop to me is just popular music, I love the R&B scene — most of the artists I listen to are of that genre." “I Can Do Anything,” a previously released single, combines these eccentric melodies with an energetic beat as Adora sings in a chilling falsetto about her fate and destiny.

Now is the time for R&B to truly shine, and Hadar Adora plans to play her part in its rise. "I love when we can see the scene change in front of our eyes. It’s like a shift. Crazy to experience that," she says. "I don’t think that it’s getting oversaturated, because there is actual good music out and artists that are incredible and deserve to be heard." With the spotlight on the genre, there’s no stopping Adora from having her music heard. In 2019, she plans to follow up with new singles and show off her more developed sound. “When you are genuine and love the sound and the art you are making, people feel that and reciprocate the energy," she says. "I feel good about the reactions so far. I’m excited to see how everything goes.”