“Maybe someday soon I’ll stumble upon the path that sets me free. Or maybe I just need to learn to appreciate everything that’s right in front of me.”
As an artist, Aaron Chance Wilson has been challenging himself his entire life to find what truly makes him happy. Taken from his song ‘Maybe,’ the 25 year old singer-songwriter thinks the above lyric is an obstacle that a lot of people from his generation are having to overcome, whether they’ll admit it or not.
“It’s nothing new,” says Aaron. “Everyone has to find what makes them happiest in life. But it seems like more and more people than ever are going against the grain. The ‘social norm’ is rapidly changing; the younger generations are no longer aspiring for the perfect family behind the white picket fence, and that’s okay. The majority of us have some form of daily anxiety that looms over our heads because we want a life that’s different than we’re expected to have. I just want people to know they’re not alone.”
So what exactly does Aaron Chance Wilson hope to relay with his music? That it’s okay. It’s okay not to know where you’re going, what you’re doing, or how you’re doing it.
“As long as you’re enjoying the ride, no one else can define your happy,” Aaron smiles confidently.
Behind his rasp-driven voice, Aaron has a power that demands the room when he’s performing. Whether playing to a sparse few or a full crowd, Aaron has the ability to make everybody feel like one of the gang. With witty banter, lyrical wordplay, and the tunes to make you boogie, you’ll find yourself tapping your feet, clapping your hands, bobbing your head, or a groovy combination of all three.
Currently, Aaron is working on the promotion of his upcoming release “New Frontier.” The five-song EP will feature acoustic and electric elements, including a full drum set – an Aaron Chance Wilson first. Taking note from some of his favorite artists, the sounds of New Frontier have an unmistakable folk-rock influence. With southern roots making their ties evident over the span of 22 minutes, Wilson describes this collection of songs as “a longing for something new, while also being fearful of letting go.”
Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Aaron Chance Wilson has always had music running through his veins. With his mother a singer-songwriter/former youth choir director and his father taking him to various concerts since the age of 7, it was inevitable that music would be a part of Aaron’s destiny.
At 11 years old, Aaron received a guitar as a Christmas gift. After learning a handful of chords, he gradually lost interest in playing over the next few months. It wasn’t until six years later at the age of 17 did Wilson regain an interest for playing music. With muscle memory somehow still intact, he took his guitar and the few chords he knew and started playing music with a couple of friends. At 19, Aaron broke away from playing in a band and started writing music of his own.
While Aaron’s songwriting seems to draw impact from every corner of the musical universe, he sites his main influences as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Edwin McCain, Corey Smith, Goo Goo Dolls, and Sister Hazel. Forming an original style and sound that is all his own, the passion that Wilson exudes for his music is unmatched.
To date, Aaron has released two EPs as an independent artist: MoonStruck & ’94 Reasons Why. With a third in the works, Wilson claims New Frontier is his favorite project to date.
“I feel like my first two releases were very…elementary,” says Aaron. “MoonStruck was an all-acoustic EP. I jumped on the opportunity to record and went into the studio with the only seven songs I had ever written as a solo artist. I laid down all the guitar tracks in one day and came back the next weekend to track the vocals. When you first start writing songs, you think you know everything; you think everything you touch is gold. Let’s just say it was a very humbling experience for which I’m very thankful.”
When asked about his late-2017 release, Aaron laughs.
“’94 Reasons Why is something that I surprised myself with. All of those songs were recorded in one long, sweaty, fried afternoon. I dropped some acid while my roommate was at work one Saturday and decided it was the day to record an EP. I spent the next eight hours tracking rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, bass lines, and even a cajon for each track. Two days later I mixed and mastered the entire thing, all on a little Tascam 8-track recorder. I truly had no idea what I was doing, but the finished product was put out into the world via YouTube and SoundCloud three weeks later. To this day, I still don’t know how I managed to record so much in such little time.”
With New Frontier on the horizon for release, Aaron is releasing the lead single “Perfect Storm” on October 25th. Be sure to sure to follow @aaronchancewilson on social media to keep up with updates as they happen.