David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is an American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter, poet and painter from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Initially part of the group Whiskeytown, Adams left the band and released his first solo album Heartbreaker in 2000. He has released six additional solo albums and five albums with The Cardinals.
Adams has produced albums for Jesse Malin and Willie Nelson and collaborated with the Counting Crows, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Leona Naess, Toots & the Maytals, Beth Orton and Krista Polvere. He has written two books of short stories and poems, entitled Infinity Blues and Hello Sunshine. In 2009 Adams married actress Mandy Moore, left The Cardinals and announced that he was taking a break from music.
Adams resumed performing in October 2010 and the next month released the album Cardinals III/IV, which was recorded in 2006.