AJ Rafael

AJ Rafael

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I am a pianist/vocalist. I learned guitar on my own. I write music so people can relate, and so I can get my feelings down into my music. I am IN LOVE with music. I can't imagine doing anything else. I record all the instruments myself, and have built a fan base of all ages.

Biography

Bio: Born in the city of Los Angeles, Arthur Joseph (AJ) Rafael has grown up with music all around. His dad taught many choirs while his mom was a member in all of them. He grew up around so many musically talented people. AJ began piano lessons at the age of four. His dad passed away from surgical complications when he was ten-years-old, so AJ took his father's place as the accompanist for his church at the time, St. Patrick's Catholic Church. AJ has been playing the piano there ever since.

AJ Rafael started his singing career in the summer of 2004, when he wrote his first song, "How's San Diego Pauli". It wasn't until the beginning of the year 2005 when he performed at his first show and gained the respect of local bands in Moreno Valley. He began to play in local cities, including San Diego, in which he gained much respect for in the music scene. He produced and recorded his own album in his garage and released it in December of that year. Before the release, he used the popular networking website MySpace.com as a tool to showcase his new songs to his friends and fans. By the time of the release, half of the songs were already known by many.

During the year of 2006, AJ played at many more events, including Peace, Love, & GK at Cal State San Bernardino, and acoustic events at Otay Ranch High School. 2006 was also the year of the beginning of the MoVal Concert Chorale (MVCC), a choir which he founded and is currently directing. AJ put together a choir concert which raised $8,000+ for his church, St. Patrick's, and it featured the new MVCC.

AJ hopes that 2007 will bring him closer to being known all over the music industry for his talents and blessings.

Lyrics

Starlit Nights

Written By: AJ Rafael

tarlit nights
they keep me looking at your starlit eyes
the way the stars impact your crazy mind
it makes me leave everything behind

look above
these foolish stars think they can set the mood
but theyre not as stupid as you think
they do it right they shine the night so bright

oh the stars that shine are ever brilliant
it makes my heart feel so resilient
and im not lyin hear the silence

i never knew that it would be so great
listen to the comets soar at their amazing rate
and yeah i dont know what to do
when we walk out of sight
except to look at all the stars on this amazing night

starlit nights
they keep me looking at your charming eyes
the way the stars impact your crazy mind
it makes me leave everything behind

maybe now
we can open up our minds to see
and realize the things we didnt know
please dont pass go
just watch the everglow with me

i never knew that it would be so great
listen to the comets soar at their amazing rate
and yeah i dont know what to do
when we walk out of sight
except to look at all the stars on this amazing night

i never knew that it would be so grand
listen to the comets soar while you are holding my hand
and yeah i dont know what to do
when we walk out of sight
except to look at all the stars on this amazing night

Life Happens

Written By: AJ Rafael

i think the world needs
peace, love, clarity and serenity
sorry my bad i've been listening to fergie
too much time is on our hands
so lets do what we can
to make the most of this
and we can conquer anything
dont you worry about it

cuz during the rough times
the war and the scandals and the bad rhymes
we'll make it together with a big smile
and maybe it'll work out this time around

because life happens and it happens fast
it goes by so quick i dont know how long i'll last
life happens and it so happens
that life's not fair
and with the delays and the roadways
we never think that it'll work out
but i know you and i know me
we're tough and we know whasup
because life just happens

i think that you need
peace, love, clarity, friends and family
they will help you through
all the problems that ur having
i know that you know that you gotta take a chance
at what you got and dont you
stand around just waiting
gotta ignore all the hating

we gotta reflect on
the future and whats holding us together
the ties that we make will last forever
and if we hold on then we can make it strong

don't be discouraged by the storm
it hits me sometimes but i got to move on
i know ur worried bout what's wrong
but it in this lifetime all you need is love...

Discography

I stream most of my music on Myspace.com/ajrafael. I put out an album in 2005 that I produced and designed myself, and printed it through discmakers.com.

My most known singles are: How's San Diego Pauli (2005), My Soldier (2005), and Starlit Nights (2007).

Set List

My set consists usually of one new song first (ex: Life Happens), then old songs, such as Pauli and Johnny Rockets, then more new songs. I do covers of Jason Mraz and John Mayer on the piano.