Sabrina Carpenter: The De-Tour
Alex Aiono: At the age of 16, singer-songwriter Alex Aiono is on the rise and there are no signs of stopping what is clearly a natural ascent on his own terms. Aiono just completed his first national tour, playing 47 shows throughout North America in support of Disney/Hollywood Records power pop band R5. Alex writes and sings with a soulful integrity that we are conditioned not to expect from a teenager; but he delivers it with the innocence and depth. Alex combines his Polynesian musical heritage with his passion for EDM, R&B and the traditional lyric driven singer-songwriter. His new single, “Doesn’t Get Better,” was released in March and its music video premiered soon after on RyanSeacrest.com. A blend of kick drum energy, piano, ukelele, banjo, gang-style background vocals and unexpected vocal and lyrical depth, "Doesn't Get Better" has independently taken a life of it's own. The song was just picked up and placed into heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s 20 on 20 station and the video to MTV HITS. All this and more momentum shockingly generated by Alex's vision for himself, his burgeoning fanbase (#AionoArmy), borrowing the techniques primarily used by indie rock bands and applying them to his own slant on lyrical pop. In addition to his songwriting and vocal talents, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano, drums, and ukulele, and is an impressive hip-hop dancer. Upon moving from his hometown of Phoenix, AZ, to Los Angeles, he quickly found outlets for his numerous abilities. In one year he has gone from performing only in church to collaborating with Grammy winners like Babyface, John Legend, and multiplatinum hit songwriter/executive/producer Billy Mann (P!nk, Kelly Rowland, One Direction, David Guetta, Teddy Geiger). He currently boasts over 250,000 video views on YouTube and has more than 5,000 subscribers on the site. The video for his first single, “Alphabet Soup,” garnered over 75,000 views in the first month it was released. When he's not on tour or in the studio, Alex is at his California home with his parents and three sisters. He has just secured an exclusive songwriter deal with BMG Publishing and a partnership with Paradigm Booking Agency. When he's not on tour or in the studio, Alex is at his California home with his parents and three sisters. He has just secured an exclusive songwriter deal with BMG Publishing and a partnership with Paradigm Booking Agency.