Featured Song : "Haunted" by Eric Roberson (Instrumental Version)
It’s not everyday that you encounter a creatively innovative musical mind that can sit behind a piano and compose a piece for you just as quickly as he can grasp your attention when he takes a stage. Aaron Hardin is a refreshing combination of many things. Producer and performer. Studio musician and live musician. Classically trained, church raised, jazz loving, hip-hop influenced, and soul guided. Without necessarily noticing it, each of the elements will sneak up on you during any performance he is apart of, whether as a sideman or the artist, himself. To the R&B/Soul music community of east coast and far beyond, Aaron is known as a hard and reliable worker, relentless in his pursuits. The result of all of these things? A number of inclusions on the Grammy Awards' entry ballots, a feature piece on grammy.com as musical director and keyboardist for the Dallas based group Sore Losers, and producer of SoulBounce’s 2011 Song Of The Year.
The list of artists Aaron has performed with, directed or produced for continues to grow as he emerges as a young, versatile talent. This list now includes J Cole, Goapele, Kenny Lattimore, En Vogue/Dawn Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, John Roberts, Snarky Puppy, Chantae Cann, Rahsaan Patterson, Bilal, Slum Village, Pusha T, Tyler the Creator, and Talib Kweli, amongst many others. Such a list speaks to the multifaceted nature of Aaron. The greater part of it all may be his outlook. To Aaron, these accomplishments merely serve as a stimulus. The taste of early success has only left him hungry for more. That alone has intensified his initiatives; the initiatives that have pushed him to found a company and imprint, upon which he released an album of his own. Aaron Hardin’s 2011 release, Coming Home For Christmas, served as a greater opportunity to realize another piece of his vision of artistry. As with everything else he has had his hands in, this project also boasted the versatility his career has come to be known for - bridging soul, jazz, gospel and classical; arrangement and performance.
In an industry where true musicianship is oft overlooked and the importance of timeless albums and performances have fallen to the industry standard one-and-done singles, Aaron Hardin stands as a youthful figure, fully prepared and motivated to build a musical legacy meant to last, similar to the classic predecessors he’s inspired by. While his history is noteworthy, it is only pertinent to how it helps to build his future, and how that future helps to bring good music to growing audiences, whether in the comfort of the listeners home, or amongst the thousands of others on the stage nearest you.