Aaron Akins is one of the most versatile vocalists and
song writers in the music business.
His background includes the North Sea Jazz Festival in
1997 along with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock and Eric
Clapton, among others; as well as opening for Bob Hope
and recording with Henry Nemo (the legendary songwriter
of "'Tis Autumn," "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" and
"Don't Take Your Love From Me," recorded by artists like
Frank Sinatra, Art Tatum, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey,
Mildred Bailey, Lena Horn and especially Duke Ellington,
with whom Nemo worked closely throughout the historical
Cotton Club years in the 1930s).
Remarkable are also his collaborations with Darryl
Phinnessee ( who had already worked with Michael Jackson
and Quincy Jones, and was going to tour with the King of
Pop on his UK tour, starting in July 2009;
Frasier, Kids Say the Darnest Things
for The Cosby Show and Dancing With the
Stars), Darryl Swann (Macy Gray), Anthony Hamilton,
Bill Steinway (Natalie Cole), Michael Thompson (Don
Henley), Lance Morrison (Alanis Morissette), James Allen
(Stevie Wonder) and Angie Stone, among many others.
He performed for the Pope on Christmas Day (2000), during
the Great Jubilee, as well as "House of Blues" (June 9,
2005), American Society of Young Musicians, honoring Lisa
Marie Presley, Solomon Burke, Common, Josh Groban, The
Goo Goo Dolls, Ben Harper and Dwight Yoakam.
Aaron Akins created the concept and was the inspiration
for the Nat "King" Cole Re:Generations (King
Cole Partners, EMI/Capitol, 2009) recent release CD,
that the Cole family, lead by Natalie and the late Carole
Cole, has taken under their wing, acknowledging and
thanking Aaron on the CDs liner notes as well