Aaron Shanley
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Aaron Shanley


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"Aaron Shanley:Let The Sun In (4.5/5)"

Lisburn singer songwriter Shanley is part of a new breed of musicians that the area is producing with effortless ease and this 8 track mini album shows him to be one of the best of the bunch. He takes his cue, as many of his counterparts do, from the other side of the Atlantic and fuses it with a pop sensibility much like fellow Northern Irish songwriters Bap Kennedy, Ben Glover, Andy White and Brian Houston do. The vibe of this album is mellow as are his breathy vocals, which are made all the warmer by the reverb laiden production.

Album opener Coming Down has a grandiose and somewhat epic feel to its intro before settling down to the sparse arrangement of the verse with resplendent plaintive vocals before rising again for the chorus with added lush harmonies giving extra texture and depth to what is a mighty fine song. The quality continues with the wistful Go Easy and the stunning title track Let The Sun In. The latter is quite beautiful and shows a songwriting talent far beyond his tender 20 years.

The ramshackle alt-country of Ana Came Along and Sarah Rose shows another string to his bow as he takes the tempo up but it is without a doubt on the melancholy balladry of the rest of the album that he truly shines as A Little Rain and Today I shows. This is a supremely self assured debut from a name that is already at the top of the 'one to watch' lists of those in the know.

- The Music Critic


'Let The Sun In' (mini album) 2010
'The Nashville Sessions' (EP) 2010
'Tears On Elizabeth Street: Part 1' (EP) 2011
'Tears On Elizabeth Street: Part 2' (EP) 2011
'Tears On Elizabeth Street: Part 3 and 4' (EP) 2012

Oh My Girl (single) 2009
Tell Me (single) 2009
Somebody To Take Care Off (single) 2010
Coming Down (single) 2010
Let The Sun In (single) 2010
I Think I Love You (single) 2011
Here Without You (single) 2011
Try To Forget About Me (single) 2011
Sometimes People Just Fall Out Of Love (single) 2012



In 2010, 20 year old Aaron Shanley released the mini-albums 'Let The Sun In' & 'The Nashville Sessions EP' simultaneously - both of which received critical acclaim and airplay on BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1. Since then they have sold over 3000 CDs and 2000 downloads due to his solid touring schedule in the US , UK and his homeland, Ireland, playing over 250 shows a year during 2010 and 2011, including dates with Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Divine Comedy and The Duke & The King and winning 'Young Songwriter Of The Year' at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and 'Best Male' at the Access To Music Awards in Birmingham, hosted by Edith Bowman.
While on the road promoting the release, Aaron wrote and recorded a cluster of new songs, resulting in a four-part EP series called ‘Tears On Elizabeth Street’
Parts 1 & 2 were released on iTunes in 2011, followed by Parts 3 & 4 in February 2012 on Aaron’s own label, Love Gum Records.
Aaron is recording his debut album this summer.