Aaron James and the Black Water
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Aaron James and the Black Water

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Duo Alternative Neo Soul


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"Change Video Exclusive"

Hailing from Nanaimo, BC, Aaron James and the Blackwater will be releasing their debut EP in winter 2016 via Risque Disque, but before that lands, Exclaim! is pleased to premiere the video for the first single "Change."

The two-piece unit features Aaron James and Grant Baird, making what they describe as a blend of "neo-soul" and "alternative-blues." That gritty, soulful feel comes through on "Change" — a song James wrote about a personal revelation.

"'Change' is about my internal struggle with letting go of who I thought I wanted to be and just accepting who I am," James said in a statement. Along with the sessions for the upcoming EP, the song was produced by Shawn Hall.

The video was directed by Raymond Knight and splices together performance footage and dancing scenes from a dark, mysterious masquerade party. You can give it a watch in the player below. - Exclaim! Magazine


Change - Single - Released July 20th 2015



Aaron James and the Black Water is a two-piece band from Nanaimo BC. Their music is what you would expect from a little island where it rains most of the time… paradoxical. They are a real blend of modern and vintage and are considered to be “Neo-Soul” or “Alternative-Blues.” Question Mark of Question Mark and the Mysterians said, “America needs more vocalists like you…” in a telephone conversation between Aaron James and the legendary rock n roll singer.

AJATBW resides with Risqué Disque Records and have completed their next single “Change” yet to be released. A release date has not been decided but a video has been shot for the single as well. Producer, Shawn Hall (of the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer) says, “An achingly soulful plea for movement in one mans Cyclical strife, reminiscent of the hooks of Aloe Black and the story telling of Citizen Cope.” About Change.

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