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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

Take Five with Aaron Akins

Read "Take Five with Aaron Akins" reviewed by Aaron Akins

Aaron Akins' music is something out of the ordinary. After all, a voice strongly reminiscent of Nat “King" Cole wrapped up in a sophisticated urban beat is not something heard every day. Stir the ingredients, jazz it up a little, and Aaron Akins might be it. Produced by Darryl Swann (Macy Gray), the singer's second studio album ...

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Aaron Akins: Thinking Love

Read "Aaron Akins: Thinking Love" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Aaron Akins' music is something out of the ordinary. After all, a certain reminiscence of the voice of Nat “King" Cole wrapped up in the arms of a sophisticated Urban beat is not something heard every day. Jazz is an alive music. Its rawness leaves an open door for pure artistry to grow and ...


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