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welcome to Edgar Allan Poets indie music corner. A space dedicated to the best new artists and bands we find around the web. Today’s featured Artist is Aaron Toronto and his single Reaping What I Sow.
Reaping What I Sow is Aaron Toronto’s Single
The compositional style of this artist is refined and intricate.
The thing that struck me most is the vocal timbre. A high and ethereal voice that distinguishes and makes his music stand out from the crowd.
A style that in some moments reminded me of prog rock and in others, it also seems a bit theatrical. I would see this music well as the soundtrack of a musical.
Aaron Toronto’s great experience as an actor and film producer oozes from his songs.
An artist who is not afraid to reveal his deepest emotions that also speak of traumatic life experiences that only time and music have managed to heal a bit.
Aaron Toronto’s creativity is without limits we are faced with a very prolific artist who wants to leave his mark on this world.
Go and listen it is worth it.
Reaping What I Sow is Aaron Toronto’s Single Out Now!
Eclectic and Solid!
Reaping What I Sow is Aaron Toronto’s Single
“My name is Aaron Toronto or a lot of people call me, “AT.” I’m a musician and songwriter originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but I now call the small but mighty town of Brookings, South Dakota home. Yes, that’s right, South Dakota. People live here! From a young age my parents always told me I had music running in and through me. I thought that was strange because I shied away from it during my childhood. But, as I got older, I realized they were right.
The reason I stayed away from it was because music ran so deeply in me that it was almost frightening. For me, music is the only thing that can touch my deepest emotions and my deepest thoughts. But now, I dive right in and share what’s inside with the world.My musical journey took me from piano lessons to boy choir to baritone to musical theater to guitar to composing and to fronting bands – Fenderhead, Damn Sexy Man and The Bliss. Over the years I’ve written hundreds of songs, including tunes for a musical once. I’m a troubadour at heart; I sing as honestly and passionately as I can. That is my gift to the musical landscape along with my songs.
When I write a song, it can start with anything – a word, a melody, a chord, an idea. Sometimes it’s not even that deep, but somehow that little nugget is a truth for me. And, I run with it. Often, that little nugget pulls at a deeper truth and I have to get it out in the open. A while back the phrase “reaping what I sow” came into my mind. Didn’t really know where it came from or what it meant. Only once the tune was nearly done did I understand what it was about – I was trying find what words and music for expressing how the pain of lost love always lurks just beneath the surface in our unconscious mind, no matter how hard we try to push it away. And, sometimes that pain rears its ugly head and we have to deal with it.
By the way, “Reaping What I Sow” was produced as part of a successful crowdfunding campaign in which I raised $11K to do a forthcoming album. 24K followers on Facebook. As soon as I started playing “Reaping What I Sow” at gigs, I started to finally heal from that “lost love” situation. My spirit moved in a positive direction. Writing this song was therapeutic and that’s true for a lot of my music. I also hope my words or music can be therapeutic for someone else and help them grow or heal or simply just change moods.
Music has that power. My job as an artist is to put myself out there and scream, “This is what I feel. Do you understand me? Can you empathize?” But, I’ve come to realize that this vulnerability is the thing that makes music so fundamental to our collective human experience. Music is alive in each of us. It’s passion and emotion and the specificity of experiences that may be mine or yours or ours. We connect deeply through the primal language of music.
For those of you new to my music, you might dig my tunes if you like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Sting, One Republic or Elton John. I make fun, meaningful and melodious pop/rock using a whole lot of storytelling.
Aside from music, Aaron co-founded Toronto Brothers Entertainment, a movie production company, after performing with Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre and acting for a variety of film companies. Notably, he appeared in Jeff Daniels’ indie comedy Super Sucker in which he played one of his oddest roles, an agent of “Americans Against the Sexual Abuse of Home Appliances.” Aaron’s company produced a comedy script he co-wrote entitled, The Pact, (now streaming on Tubi TV), in which he played a lead role and for which he composed much of the music. The Toronto Brother’s second feature, Face 2 Face, streamed on Netflix for two years and is now available on Amazon Prime. He is writing and producing several upcoming projects including, Bowl Off, a comedy, and a one-hour drama entitled, Rezball.”