Aidan hails from the Aloha State – Hawaii; a place steep in the traditions of its culture, dance, and music. Although the ukulele is most known for its Hawaiian tradition, Aidan has taken it to a different level, streamlining its unique sound into pop, rock and folk music. Add in his warm vocals, a loop station, and effect pedals, this young phenom has created his own artistry taking it beyond the islands, inspiring audiences of all ages around the world.
At the age of 4, he picked up the ukulele and started taking lessons at the acclaimed Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studio. Little did anyone know, this instrument would not only help him overcome a mild speech impediment at an early age, but also opened a path for what was to become the start of his music career.
At just 8 years old, Aidan became a YouTube “sensation” when a video of him performing Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” quickly went viral and earned over 20 million views to date. A friendship and mentorship blossomed with lead singer, Pat Monahan, resulting in Aidan’s cameo in “Mermaid,” and being featured as a guest on one of Pat’s podcasts, Patcast.
Since the age of 10, Aidan toured the US Mainland playing in legendary venues such as Whisky A Go Go, House of Blues, Room 5, and Hard Rock Cafes across the country. He has toured Japan and played The Grand Theatre and Toata Stadium in Tahiti at the record-breaking Guinness World of Records event for Most Ukulele Players in 2015. Aidan has shared the stage with the likes of Jack Johnson, Mick Fleetwood, Jake Shimabukuro, and Grammy award winning group, Train. He was hand-picked by Lisa Loeb to open her summer concert in Hawaii and was selected to perform at the exclusive Pillars of Peace Event for Desmond Tutu and The Elders. He has graced the covers of Hawaii’s most widely circulated newspaper-magazine, “Midweek”, "HI Lux Magazine," and Hawaiian Airlines inflight magazine, “Hana Hou.”
At age 11, Aidan began songwriting. His first single he co-wrote, “One of the Ones,” was released on iTunes in early 2014. With music placement on “Hawaii Five-0”, the music video featured on Hawaiian Airlines in-flight programming and commissioned by HBO to write an original song for their docu-series, “Saving My Tomorrow”, Aidan released his first EP, “Live Again in 2014. It was nominated for “EP of the Year” at the 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii’s equivalent of a Grammy), making him the youngest artist ever to be nominated in the 30+ year history of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.
At 15 years old, Aidan has outgrown the “cute kid” stereotype with insightful songwriting, a deeper, mature sound and rounded vocals, infusing the ukulele into all genres of music. His first full length album, “Echoes,” was released in December 2015 receiving his second Na Hoku Hanohano nomination for “Contemporary Album of the Year.” A single off the album, “The Girl On The TV Screen,” won first place in the Top 40/POP category in a major international songwriting competition out of Nashville. In 2016, Aidan joined Train on their "Sail Across the Sun" tour from Miami to Jamaica along side artists, Phillip Phillips, Michael Franti, Andy Grammer and Rachel Platten. He performed at LA’s Hotel Café, Genghis Cohen and Troubadour and was featured in the famous singer-songwriter showcase at the Bluebird Café Nashville. As part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series, Aidan was 1 of 3 Hawaii artists whose music videos were chosen to be featured at Central Park in front of thousands.
Aidan supports charitable organizations such as “Make Em Smile” and “Best Buddies” sharing his gift of music with patients at various children hospitals in Hawaii. He currently resides in California.
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