Aidan James is a 16 year old, award-winning singer-songwriter, originally from Hawaii now living in California. Although the ukulele is mainly known for Hawaiian music, Aidan has taken it to a different level infusing its sound into pop, rock, urban and contemporary music. Add in his warm vocals, a loop station and effect pedals, this young phenom has created his own artistry to inspire awe in audiences and musicians all over the world.
Aidan started playing the ukulele at age 4. He became a youtube sensation at age 8 when someone uploaded a video of him performing, Train's “Hey Soul Sister”. With over 20 million views and counting, it struck a chord with lead singer, Pat Monahan, who featured Aidan on Train’s music video, “Mermaid” and his podcast. Aidan also had a role in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” singing the hit song.
At age 11, Aidan began songwriting and debuted his first single in 2014. At 13, he released his first EP, “Live Again", which was nominated for a prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii’s equivalent to a Grammy), becoming the youngest nominee in their 30 year history. His first full-length album, “Echoes”, was released in 2015 and gave him his 2nd Na Hoku nomination for “Contemporary Album of the Year." His original songs off the album, “The Girl on the TV Screen”, won first place in Nashville’s international songwriting competition in the Top 40/POP category and “Back to Where We Came From” was composed for an episode of HBO’s “Saving My Tomorrow.”
Aidan has performed In the US playing legendary venues Whisky A Go Go, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafes and Nashville’s Bluebird Café’s songwriting showcase. Through his musical journey, he has shared the stages and opened up for Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, Lisa Loeb and Mick Fleetwood.
With many accolades already under his belt, 2016 turned out to be a major year for Aidan. He joined Train on their “Sail Across the Sun” tour from Miami to Jamaica, his music videos were showcased on Good Morning America’s summer concert series at Central Park and he ended the year being the youngest to have his own show at the prestigious Blue Note Hawaii. Early this year, he and his band took the stage opening up for Michael Bolton at the Blaisdell Arena.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Aidan has been focusing on more songwriting and working in the studio on new music for his upcoming album. He recently toured Japan and Tahiti and continues to mesmerize audiences of all ages in the US and beyond.
Aidan proudly rocks a Kamaka Ukulele and is a member of Team Kamaka, celebrating over 100 years of the finest ukulele crafting.