Aaron Markland is an award-winning singer, published songwriter, guitarist, and producer born and raised in Ocean Beach, California. His Genre extends from high energy, feel good Top 40, Classic to Modern Rock, Oldies, Blues, Indie, Americana, Reggae, and Folk. Aaron has been categorized with artists such as: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, Bill Withers, City and Colour, Hozier, James Taylor, Jonny Lang, Sam Cooke, and The Beach Boys.
In 2004, Aaron recorded his debut solo album entitled “Rewind” at Treefort Studios in Hollywood, CA produced by Chris Julian (Billy Idol, Queen Latifah) and Robert Vaughn (CBS, Sony). Several songs from that album were featured in Noah Taffolla’s acclaimed “Wonderland” documentary series of Ocean Beach. Aaron recorded his sophomore solo album entitled “Tide Break” in June 2017. The Beach/Rock/Reggae album was nominated for 3 categories in the New Mexico Music Awards including Best Pop Album (Tide Break), Best Reggae Song (Tide Break), and Best Modern Rock Song (Burn It Out). Aaron’s other projects include the Blues/Funk band MARKLAND and the Alternative Rock band Self Contained. Several songs from the self titled MARKLAND album were featured in the award winning documentary “Adventures of Miss Fit”. Self Contained won first place in the 2017 Glory in the Desert Battle of the Bands featuring New Mexico’s premier music groups. In 2019 Self Contained won Best Rock Album at the 2019 New Mexico Music Awards for their debut album “Depravity”.
Aaron’s solo acoustic set ranges from high energy crowd moving music, such as: I Got You by James Brown, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, I Want You Back by The Jackson 5, Santeria by Sublime, I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles, Can’t Stop by the Red Hot Chili Peppers… to background, easy listening music like: Danny’s Song by Loggins and Messina, Redemption Song by Bob Marley, I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith, And it Stoned Me by Van Morrison, Beyond by Leon Bridges, Trouble by Ray Lamontagne, and Work Song by Hozier. Aaron customizes each set to the clients request and he can perform up to four hours of covers as well as original music. Using vocals, guitar, simulated kick drum, and foot tambourine, Aaron captures the essence of a full band making the set set fun, family friendly, and inviting.
Aaron is accustomed to playing various environments from rowdy, high energy bars, to weddings, corporate events, and parties in your home. Aaron is flexible in accommodating your needs to create your perfect event!
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