Fourteen-Year-Old Local Singer-Songwriter Aidan James Releases First Full-Length Album ‘Echoes’

Fourteen-Year-Old Local Singer-Songwriter Aidan James Releases First Full-Length Album ‘Echoes’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu singer-songwriter, Aidan James has taken the local music scene by storm, becoming a fixture in the local music scene since the release of his first EP in December of 2014. Less than one year later, James is releasing his first full-length album entitled, 'Echoes' on December 1. The album includes eleven new songs including a cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car." Three of the songs on the album were co-written, produced and recorded in Nashville, including "The Girl On The TV Screen," which is on the pre-ballot in three categories in this year's Grammy Awards. The producers of the album are Hoku Award winning producers Imua Garza, Gaylord Holomalia and Brandon Apeles.

Collaborations on the album include Barry Flanagan, Kapali Long, Sans, Shen of Def Tech, and Tommy Cecil, Matt Alderman, Jay Brunswick, Damien Horne and Wes Hightower of Nashville.  Aidan teamed up with nineteen-year-old Brandon Nitta on "You," who was also a collaborator on his Hoku nominated EP 'Live Again.' Aidan's "Back To Where We Came From," is featured on HBO's "Saving My Tomorrow" airing early next year. Artwork for the album was done by LA based artist, Roman Cortez.

Aidan continues to streamline the ukulele into pop/rock/folk music on the album. He found his passion at an early age, gravitating towards music, specifically the ukulele, after starting out in modeling and acting at the tender age of three. At age 8, he became a YouTube sensation when someone posted a video of Aidan singing "Hey Soul Sister" at the ukulele festival. Now with over 19 million views and counting, all of his YouTube videos have collectively over 23 million views. Pat Monahan, lead singer of the Grammy-winning band Train saw the YouTube cover of "Hey Soul Sister," and while in concert in Hawaii called Aidan up on stage to sing the song with them. Since then, Pat has featured the young musician in Train's music video, "Mermaid" and on his PatCast Podcast.  Aidan had a role on season one of "Hawaii Five-0," joined Henry Kapono in his Back in the Day concert and was featured in the season opener of Hawaii Pops Orchestra in August. He was also featured on the cover of Midweek and Hawaiian Airlines' inflight magazine Hana Hou earlier this year. One of the most important things to Aidan is giving back to the community through his support of local programs like Make Em Smile and Best Buddies.

Aidan joins Train on their Music and Wine Festival, "Sail Across the Sun" tour from Miami to Jamaica in February 2016. He's joining the lineup with Michael Franti, Shaggy, Andy Grammar and Philip Phillips. Aidan is also playing ukulele on "Mele Kalikimaka" on Train's "Christmas in Tahoe" that was just released last week available only through Amazon.

"Echoes" – Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and Apple Music

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