Aidan James is a singer-songwriter, hailing 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 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. Aidan then strummed his way into an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” and Train’s music video, “Mermaid.”
At age 11, Aidan began songwriting. His first EP, “Live Again”, debuted on Christmas day 2014 at the age of 12. That EP was later nominated for a 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for “EP of the Year” – making Aidan James the youngest artist ever to be nominated in the 30+ year history of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts at the age of 13.
Now 14 years old, Aidan continues to “live his dream” traveling and performing around the country spending time in Hawaii, LA, and Nashville. His first full length album will be released in December 2015 and he will be joining Grammy award winning band, Train, on their 2016 “Sail Across The Sun” Music and Wine Festival from Miami to Jamaica.
Aidan continues to give back to the community by supporting charitable organizations such as “Make Em Smile” and “Best Buddies” sharing his gift of music with patients at various children hospitals in Hawaii. He enjoys connecting with his fans from all over the world via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Aidan proudly rocks a Kamaka Ukulele.
"There's nothing traditional about the way I play my 'ukulele. I rock it hard and it takes a beating! Kamaka 'ukulele gives me the sound I want and visually, it's such a beautiful instrument."