VIDEO: Soul Sessions feat. Aidan James
Soul Sessions celebrates three years online this week with a performance of “Where We Came From” from young ukulele sensation Aidan James, who will be appearing on an HBO documentary in the coming months.
Aidan started taking ukulele lessons at 4 years old at the Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios and became a YouTube sensation at age 8 with his performance of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.” The video took off when Train lead singer Pat Monahan told ABC Radio that his favorite cover of “Hey Soul Sister” was by a “kid from Hawaii named Aidan … he’s like a virtuoso ukulele player, a prodigy. It’s incredible, he can wail on it!”
Aidan later got to play the tune with Train at a Honolulu concert. He has also shared stages with Jack Johnson, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro and Mick Fleetwood, and toured with Hoku Award winners HAPA. He’s played in front of thousands at the premieres of “Hawaii Five-0″ and performed at the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
His first EP was released on Christmas Day 2014 and features songs he co-wrote. It was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award.
Video courtesy Soul Sessions USA. Visit www.honolulupulse.com every Tuesday for more performances by various Hawaii-based recording artists.