Aaron Mannino

Aaron Mannino


Aaron Mannino is a singer/songwriter from Seattle. His recordings are likened to an orchestra of folk and rock instruments and vocal harmonies, while he often performs solo, and is a very dynamic solo performer, captivating audiences with his strong voice and gentle guitar and piano playing style.


Aaron Mannino started off as a young rocker, leading his first band playing shows in Seattle at age 14. He would have then cited his main influences to be Nirvana and The Beatles. His music slowly drifted towards The Beatles side of his influence spectrum, as well as other '60's songwriters, and eventually led him to where he is at now: a true songsmith with great song-hooks, drawing from a wide plain of influences, from Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, to more modern acts such as The Strokes and The Shins. His songs at times feel like folk ballads, and at other times powerful alternative pop, with a new twist, but familiar and always leaving the listener with something to hum along to.

After fronting bands in Seattle from age 14-23, Aaron headed out as a solo artist. He released his first solo album at the beginning of 2007, "Sympathy For the Wolf". He played on his hometown world-renowned station, KEXP 90.3, headed out on a few tours of the West and East coasts of the US, and played two shows in Austin during SXSW. In August 2007, Aaron left his hometown to find a place in the singer/songwriter digs of New York City, but not before heading back to the studio in Seattle to record 12 new songs. It was the aim to finish this new collection that brought Aaron back to Seattle, WA, where he currently resides.

Aaron's biggest influences as a songwriter are more likely the movies and books he seeks out, as his lyrical style draws largely from classic novels and feelings derived from all forms of artistic expression. He is a compulsively prolific songwriter, and often finishes an album feeling already two albums ahead of it. But he happily performs all the songs from his current albums for any and all who know his songs and hum along.

His new album, "Everything The Hard Way" is set to be released in January 2009, on SeeThru Records in Seattle.


"Sympathy For the Wolf", LP, CD, released 01/27/07. "Everything The Hard Way", LP, CD, to be released 01/2009. Several songs (from both releases) available for listening here and at www.myspace.com/aaronmannino.

Set List

A recent set list might include:

Give Me More ("Sympathy For The Wolf")
Come Dance With Me ("Sympathy For The Wolf")
The Present Moment ("Sympathy For The Wolf")
Somebody Else (new song, unrecorded)
House of Bells ("Everything The Hard Way")
Places You've Seen ("Everything The Hard Way")
Happy Now ("Sympathy For the Wolf")
13 (cover by Big Star)
Wit's End (new song, unrecorded)
The Great Play Goes On (new song, unrecorded)
What A Wonderful World (cover song)
Wreckage ("Everything The Hard Way")

Aaron is usually accustomed to playing one 45-60 minute set, but has had opportunities to play for up to 3 hours without repeating material.