Since quitting his corporate job of 13 years to pursue music full-time in 2013, Aaron has released five solo EPs; “Follow” (2014), “Battle Bend” (2015), “Get Gone” (2016), “Lucky Me” (2017), and Austin Signal: Single Mic Sessions (2018). Each exhibits a progression musically and lyrically but also shows the influence of Aaron & Dani’s relocation to Austin, TX. Texas has undoubtedly touched the music and become a source of inspiration while pushing the feel of the songs in a more dance-able and toe-tapping direction. After arriving in Texas, it was apparent that the old Seattle sad-bastard music was not gonna fly in the dance halls! Aaron’s most recent single releases with his band, The Neon Eagles, have received regional radio play as well as extensive play in Ireland and the UK after an acoustic tour in 2019. A full-length album is slated to be released in 2021. Aaron’s emergence as a full solo artist is the culmination of a tough yet inspiring road that has spanned nearly a decade, including the formation and dissolution of three bands, the recording of five records, and work with several top engineers/producers, including; Tom Pfaffle (Nirvana, Black Crowes, Heart), Steve Aguilar (Dave Matthews Band, The Head & The Heart), Phillip Peterson (The Posies, Portugal. The Man), Bob Hoffnar (Hem, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams), John Evans (Billy Joe Shaver, Kevin Fowler, Hayes Carll), and Will Sargent (Mayeux & Broussard, James Moritz, Brian Pounds). That said, Aaron’s story would be incomplete without mentioning the impact that Dani, his wife, has had. They have sung together since first meeting in The Grandtours, and she was instrumental in encouraging Aaron to quit his day job to focus on music as his primary career. She is a major source of inspiration and his muse. With true purpose, Aaron’s songs explore age-old themes of love, heartache, failure, and faith. They are classic in their influence and unpretentious in their delivery. At once familiar and fresh, Aaron McDonnell is both an authentic homage to the sounds of the past and an exciting example of what is to come.


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