About Adam Moyer
Key to Adam is an instrumental duo in Upshur County, West Virginia that specializes in live ambient music for weddings and other special events. Kiara Williams, who plays the violin/fiddle, and Adam Moyer, who plays the Finger-style guitar, provides a beautiful and romantic background music that doesn’t overpower you or your guests’ conversations. The relaxing ambiance they create with their music will make your event a memorable and magical experience for everyone.
I’m a Fingerstyle Guitarist, and I never dreamt music would end up being the thing that saved him.
I grew up in New Jersey, and although I grew up surrounded by music, most of my childhood was spent focusing on sports. I did play saxophone from an early age and through high school and learned guitar basics from a book my senior year. As the years passed, some sports injuries revealed underlying issues with my neck and spine. Unable to be active physically anymore, I poured myself into my work in the banking industry. The physical issues progressed until after a few years of being unable to work and barely able to move, I found myself in a very dark place. Having exhausted reading and television and needing something to take off the constant pain and inability to sleep I turned to guitar again. I found that when I played it lessened the pain and allowed me to rest my eyes when I couldn’t sleep, meditating while playing. The music and the mental focus combined to distract my brain from the misery.
During my time in college, my mother moved to West Virginia, and when I visited her, I loved the beauty and truly enjoyed my time in the Mountain State. After moving around cities for most of my life, I realized the slower pace, natural beauty, and nearby family support would be beneficial for my health and situation. Packing some clothes and my guitar, I headed down to Upshur County, West Virginia.
I used my guitar as a way to force myself to get out of the house, and I brought my guitar with me everywhere I went. On nice days, I could be found playing all around town. After playing at several open mics around the state, I decided to create a daytime open mic at a coffee shop to allow the community an easier chance to get involved in music. For my sets, I always encouraged people to play along, and really enjoyed the chance to finally get to play music with others. Many different musicians passed through, with accordions, washtub basses,
triangles, and banjos. One summer day, a fiddle player named Kiara hesitantly walked in with her fiddle and sat down. For months a regular at the open mic had been trying to convince her to come, and she finally heeded his advice. I was playing one of my original songs and Kiara, or Key as her family called her, picked up her fiddle and began to play along. The room fell silent and the music we created together was hauntingly beautiful. We both knew they found something special in one another and that day Key to Adam was born.
Coming from two different backgrounds made for a very eclectic mix of genres. Our sets range from Metallica to Canon in D to Whiskey Before Breakfast. While Key and I love playing at weddings and our regular gigs, we find fulfillment in volunteering at nursing homes and showing kids how to play instruments. When we see the residents at the nursing homes with their eyes closed swaying back and forth while
listening to our music – or seeing the kids light up when we play, brings us joy and brightens our day. Music saved me and continues to help me through my physical and mental struggles every day.