While 27 year-old singer/songwriter, AJ Edwards, attests that it was U2′s 2001 Elevation Tour that gave him the music bug, he had been listening to some of his favorite records long before that.
“I used to hang out with my dad in his workshop when I was little and he would play records by Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and U2,” AJ recalls. “When I was 16, he surprised me with tickets to see U2 in Boston and I knew I wasn’t going to be doing any homework that night.”
Instead, AJ called a family friend after the show to see if he could borrow one of his guitars to learn to play.
The Boston-born artist began to realize his passion for songwriting and spent many late nights crafting a balanced set of original songs, which he would go on to perform in local bars and restaurants. Many of these early songs were recorded for AJ’s debut album, “Start Over the Moon” (released in 2008).
Having toured in support of that release for a few years, AJ caught the attention of Aaron Johnson, the multi-platinum producer behind The Fray’s “How To Save A Life” and self-titled records. Aaron invited AJ to record at world-renowned Swinghouse Studios in Hollywood. With what AJ can only describe as a “dream team” of musicians behind him: Tim Pierce (Don Henley, Avril Lavigne), Zac Rae (Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple), Jon Flaugher (The Weepies, Ryan Adams), and Marc Slutsky (formerly of Splender), AJ asserts that his latest work is also his best-sounding to date.
“[Working with Aaron] was that definitive ‘shucks’ moment for me. Aaron is so talented, and I have been a fan of his work for years now.” He adds, “I was truly humbled when Aaron agreed to listen to everything I’d written to date and realize the full potential of what we agreed was my strongest work yet. I am so proud of these recordings.”
AJ’s new EP, titled “Where the Rain Ricochets” marks his first radio-ready release and features his sessions with Aaron Johnson in conjunction with two high-gloss, homegrown recordings that he made with close friend, producer/engineer David Lefkowitz (Johnny A.) in Boston. The new record was released in May 2012.