In an episode of the Fox TV drama Bones last year, a character made a mix of “the six greatest break-up songs” and gave it to a heart-broken colleague. The mix featured songs from alternative-pop stars such as Sia, Mazzy Star, José González, Antony and the Johnsons…and a lone unsigned artist by the name of Aaron English.
Seattle-based piano-man Aaron English has been steadily building a buzz in the U.S. since 2006, thanks to four self-released albums and twelve U.S. tours - both solo and with his seven-piece ensemble, The Aaron English Band. But in 2008, English’s third national tour ended abruptly in a catastrophic accident on a Midwestern highway. His restaurant-grease-fueled tour bus and most of his musical equipment were destroyed, and English’s touring career was temporarily grounded.
In 2009, English's fans rallied to his aid and funded the recording of his third album, american [fever] dream. The lead single, "Believe", was a Top 20 hit on the FMQB U.S. radio charts, peaking at #18.
After two years of touring this solo record, Aaron reformed The Aaron English Band with the same members and scored a Top 5 hit in Italy with an epic medley reinvention of The Beatles' and Led Zeppelin's classics "Norwegian Wood" and "Kashmir".
In 2012, Aaron formed the side-project Boombox Séance with Baltimore singer-songwriter Victoria Vox. After writing and touring together in the summer and fall of 2012, they released the album Boombox Séance (also produced by Geoff Stanfield) in March 2013.
Aaron recently returned from two music-filled months as a record producer, songwriter, performer in East Africa, where he started the International Youth Music Project, a non-profit that supports music programs at orphanages.
He is currently releasing a new single and video each month, a project that will culminate in a new album release in 2016.
- 250,000+ views of the YouTube hit "Norwegian Wood/Kashmir"
- Semi-finalist, Coca-Cola/American Music Awards New Artist Competition
- Finalist, Atlantic Records’ Soul City Music Quest
- Top 5 finalist, 'Album of the Year', Just Plain Folks Music Awards
- Charted a U.S. Top 20 hit on the FMQB radio charts, peaking at #18
- The band's cult hit "The Lullaby of Loneliness" was name-checked in an episode of the Fox TV drama 'Bones'
- “All The Waters of This World” (2003)
- “The Marriage of The Sun And The Moon” (2007)
- “american [fever] dream” (2010) (Aaron English solo release)
- “Norwegian Wood/Kashmir” (2011) (extended single).
- “Animals Like Us: The Aaron English Band Live At London Bridge Studio” (2012) Live DVD
- "Boombox Séance" (2013) (side project w/ Victoria Vox)
- "Lion's Den" (2013) (single) (side project w/ Reprecode)
Top 5 Finalist, Plain Folks Music Awards: 'Male Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year' and 'Song of the Year'.
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Aaron English - Piano/Vocals, Misc. African/Middle Eastern/European folk instruments, loops
Prolific, soulful, and compelling, Aaron English has integrated the far corners of the world into his music, and the deepest parts of the human psyche into poetry. The remarkable combination is not to be missed - whether it's on a big stage or the back porch. Go. - Fran Snyder, ConcertsInYourHome.com
Seattle's Aaron English is one of the most talented piano men I have ever encountered and one of America's finest songwriters...English may prove to be the most relevant songwriter of the year. His work on the timeless american (fever) dream is pure contemplative genius - Ryan Spaulding, rslblog.com
I’m listening to Aaron English’s "God Bless You and Your Man" for the umpteenth consecutive time and it sounds really good to me...I think if he were on a major label this is the kind of song that would get top priority. I can’t wait to hear more of his stuff! - Jim Nelson, A Taste of Triple A
...perhaps the single best line I have heard on an album this year… “…but you play hard to forget…” ...The lyric, from “Sleight of Heart” is simple, beautiful and launches a grand melody for the chorus with English’ vocals perfectly counterbalanced by Leah Siegel and Scott Adams... This is all I could ever want from music. - Windhawk, NBT Independent Music
…a talented new artist in a class with other stylistically challenging singer-songwriters such as Peter Gabriel, Joseph Arthur, and Perry Blake…potent lyricism, eloquence, and beautiful sublime melodies that reach much deeper than simple pop songs… - Mark Newman, Progression Magazine