Adam Schlesinger Wiki
Adam Lyons Schlesinger (October 31, 1967 – April 1, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He won three Emmys, a Grammy, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award, and was nominated for Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.
He was a founding member of the bands Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows, and was a key songwriting contributor and producer for Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo Fever High. Schlesinger grew up in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey.
Adam Schlesinger Early Life
Schlesinger grew up in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey, and he attended Montclair High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in philosophy.
Schlesinger was a cousin of Jon Bernthal, an actor known for his roles as Shane Walsh on the television series The Walking Dead and The Punisher/Frank Castle in Netflix’s Daredevil and The Punisher. He was the grandson of Murray Bernthal (1911–2010), a musician and producer who was long active in Syracuse, New York.
Adam Schlesinger Wife Katherine Michel
On January 30, 1999, Schlesinger married Katherine Michel, a graphic designer and Yale graduate. They met in 1996 at WXOU Radio Bar, a bar that Schlesinger used to frequent with Fountains of Wayne co-founder Chris Collingwood when they were starting the band. They divorced in 2013. Schlesinger and Michel have two daughters, Sadie and Claire.
Adam Schlesinger Death & Cause
On April 1, 2020, Schlesinger died at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 52 as a result of health complications caused by COVID-19, amid a pandemic of the disease in the state. He had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator two weeks prior to his death.
Adam Schlesinger Career
At that time I was in contact with Collingswood again and started making music and writing music with him. Because of this, Fountains of Wayne was established and after a year, the band released their first self-titled album with Adam on bass. At the same time, he wrote the score for “That Thing You Do!” for which he received the Oscar nomination in 1997. He remained a member of the bands Ivy and Fountains of Wayne continued to release albums. Fountains of Wayne was able to reach number 115 on the Billboard 200 with their third album Welcome Interstate Managers (2003) and number 37 with Sky Full of Holes (2011).
Parallel to his membership in the band, he continued to write for television, film and theater and wrote the music for the movie “Right in the Heart: A Song for You”. The musical Cry Baby was released in 2008, so Adam worked on the music, while David Javerbaum contributed the text and both were nominated for the Tony Award. Throughout his entire career, which spanned over 25 years, he wrote and contributed many songs. Adam received around 10 Emmy nominations, including just five for the hit movie “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.
- Grammy 2010: Best Comedy Album (A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!).
- Emmy 2012: Award for Outstanding Music and Poetry for It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore at the 65th Annual Tony Awards 2011.
- Emmy 2013: Emmy for Outstanding Music and Poetry for If I Had Time, sung during the 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012.
- Won Emmy Award 2019 for Outstanding Music and Poetry for Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Big Deal in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.