Adelia was born in a small township called Delft and started singing before she could talk. Her musical journey started as a 3 year old in Elsies River where she used to entertain her family and friends singing ‘old school jams’. She became one of the youngest members of the church choir participating in every school concert, church play and community activities. Adelia wanted to share her love and passion for singing and music with the world.
At the age of 16 she was introduced to a programme started by Cape Outdoors Adventure, Sport and Training (COAST) and the Department of Social Development in her community, called THE DELFT BIG BAND which was under the musical direction of the legendary Ian Smith, trumpeter, singer, and music educator. This was when her dreams became a reality. Ever since then she has travelled the world with the band, visiting Sweden on two occasions to perform for Queen Sylvia of Sweden at the World’s Children’s Prize for the rights of a child after which Adelia made her debut at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in the 2010, as one of the youngest vocalists to perform, in the process winning a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA to attend their summer programme.
Upon her return from the US she went on a tour with the DELFT BIG BAND to France, performing on world renowned stages. Back in South Africa while at college she landed the lead role of EVITA in her college production of EVITA, graduating with Merit in Performing Arts.
Adelia, as the songstress of the Delft Big Band, is a regular at corporate gigs and large scale events where she has performed in front of huge crowds and honed her skills as a professional vocalist. In addition to performing with the very busy Delft Big Band, she performs with the likes of Ian Smith and Andrew Ford and other jazz legends, as part of smaller quartets and trios on the jazz scene. She recently recorded a song with DJ/producer, DJ Nibblez. Recently she has been a solo vocalist at large scale concerts such as at Nederburg Picnic Pops, the Oude Libertas Ampitheatre and the City of Lights Festival. She had the honour of serenading Ahmad Kathrada for the “Freedom for the City” ceremony. She has held her own solo shows at the famous Crypt Jazz Restaurant and the Winchester Mansion’s Jazz Brunch.
She has apperaed twice on the Expresso show i recent months to promote Oude Libertas and Divas unite gigs. Her recent triumphs have been to be a performer for the Diva’s Unite Concert at Grand West Arena and to judge and mentor the corresponding young Diva’s Unite competition.
Nothing brings her greater pleasure than getting up on stage and performing. She noted that the more she interacts with sound, the more her vocal skills improves and that brings her great joy. She is the winner of the Open Mic competition in 2015, as the most promising young jazz singer in the Western Cape. Recently she has been a solo vocalist at large scale concerts such as at Nederburg Picnic Pops, the Oude Libertas Ampitheatre and the City of Lights Festival. She had the honour of serenading Ahmad Kathrada at the “Freedom of City” ceremony and has held her own solo shows at the famous Crypt Jazz Restaurant’, Pigalles and the Winchester Mansion’s Jazz brunch.
Performs for the Queen of Sweden as part of the World’s Children’s Prize
- Invited back to perform again for the Queen of Sweden.
- Performed at the International Jazz Festival (youngest vocalist ever).
- Awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
MC for the World’s Children’s Prize Nominees ceremony at Artscape.
-Runner-up Grand West Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition.
- Lead role in Evita (College production).
-Performed at the New Years Eve Oude Libertas Concert.
-Solo show at the famous Crypt Jazz Restaurant.
-Singer for Ahmad Kathrada’s Freedom of City Ceremony.
-Solo vocalist at the “Festival of Lights Concert”.
-Appeared on the Clarens Ford’s radio show on Heart FM.
-Solo vocalist at Nederburg Picnic Pops with the likes of Arno Carstens.
-Performed two songs on the popular Expresso Show.
-Winner of the Grand West Open Mic Jazz Singing Competition.
-Has a fun sing-off with KFM’s Sechaba G on a viral video.
-Hosted her own show at the famous Crypt Jazz Restaurant. (Adelia Douw Quartet).
-Star performer in the “Legends, Handing over the Baton” show at Artscape.
-Adelia Douw Quartet performs at Winchester Mansion’s Jazz Brunch.
-Selected as one of the soloists of the Youth Jazz Festival at Artscape Theatre.
-Appeared on Sechaba G’s KFM lunch show.
-Appeared on the SABC Expresso Show.
-Performed with the Frank Paco Ensemble at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.
-Performer at the Diva’s Unite Concert at Grand West Arena.
-Solo vocalist for the upcoming “Jazz on the Rocks” Festival.
Performer at Woordfees
Performed on German Cruise liner Tui Cruises 'Mein Schiff 5' fleet.
Performed at The Klosters Music Festival in Switzerland with world renowned band Virtual Jazz Reality( Vjr)