AJ Young

AJ Young is an exceptionally talented, passionate singer-songwriter who discovered his love for acoustic guitar and songwriting in an unusual way. “I started off as a rapper with songwriting. After a while, I got into instruments and picked up a guitar. After picking up the guitar, I started wanting to figure out how to arrange the musical portion of songs. I had the desire to work on my own musical interpretations from start to finish, instead of just the lyrics. That’s how I became a singer-songwriter.” A Kansas City, Missouri native, lead vocalist AJ Young has collaborated with a variety of music industry talents in his 8+ years of performance.

Young has written and arranged songs performed in eclectic venues seating less than fifty, to large venues and amphitheaters seating upwards of 18,000 attendees. In addition to writing his own music, Young plays the keyboard, acoustic, and electric guitars. As a self-taught musician with no formal training, his profound skill with musical instruments is nothing short of astounding. Recently, Young was asked to play and perform at the following venues hotels and restaurants. In fall of 2018

Starlight theatre

Plaza arts fair

Waldo festival

Llywelyn's pub

Hotel phillips

Chateau Avalon hotel

Leinenkugel's KC

In addition to the opportunity to open for The Fray at Starlight Theatre in 2014, a first place win for Drake's Artist on the Verge competition in 2012, and a first place win for the Sing Like John Mayer contest in 2010, Young is ranked on a variety of top charts for songwriters/performers, including Deli Magazine KC,and Reverb Nation.

Young hopes that the ability to create his own music and individual sound will help him continue to stand out in the music industry. From the studio creations to live performance, his goal has always been staying to true to himself. “…I like to create musical material that fits the stories of experiences I have had in my life; it’s fun for me. I create different arrangements that reflect whatever was going on for me at the time.”

With the release of his first independent EP, "Into The Wild", AJ Young has crafted a record that both exemplifies his passion and creativity, and vividly paints a story of his life the past few years. Despite the difficulties of working in an industry that is known for chewing up artists and spitting them out, Young continues to work hard at his craft, and is quite pleased with his current autonomy as an artist. “I see myself as an entrepreneur – I’m working for myself. I’m not working for someone, or a label. I can pick and choose what I want to do and when I want do it. So I do it because I like to do it.”

Young is currently working with his multi talented backing band “AJ Young & The Outfit”. The group is looking to book additional performance opportunities, and share their love and appreciation for the musical craft with the world.

VENUES

Blanca’s Pyro Room (Kansas City, MO)

Celtic Tavern (Atlanta, GA)

Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA)

Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard (Leawood, KS)

Granada (Lawrence, KS)

Hotel Phillips (Kansas City, MO)

Isle of Capri Casino (Kansas City, MO)

Jerry’s Bait Shop (Lenexa, KS)

Kansas City Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO)

Kill Devil Club (Kansas City, MO)

Knucklehead’s Saloon (Kansas City, MO)

Longview Lake (Kansas City, MO)

Moda Mansion (Kansas City, KS)

Neighbors for Neighbors (Kansas City, MO)

Pemberton Park (Salisbury, MD)

Rock and Run Brewery (Liberty, MO)

Scottish Rites Temple (Kansas City, MO)

Starlight Theatre (Kansas City, MO)

The Beaumont Club (Kansas City, MO)

The Gem Theatre (Kansas City, MO)

The Levy (Kansas City, MO)

The Office Bar & Grill (Kansas City, MO)

The Red Light Café (Atlanta, GA)

The Riot Room (Kansas City, MO)

The Roxy (Overland Park, KS)

The Tank Room (Kansas City, MO)

University of Missouri – Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)

Uptown Arts Bar (Kansas City, MO)

Westport Coffeehouse (Kansas City, MO)

Chateau Avalon Hotel & Spa (kansas city)

The Plaza Arts Fair (Kansas City)

Waldo Festival. (Kansas City)

And many more!!!!

MUSIC PROFESSIONALS

The Fray; Eric Conn; Samuel Thomas; Rob Rebeck; Anthony Saunders; My Arts Organization; Hotel Phillips; Dwayne Whitmore; Brandon Estelle; Brian Kennedy; Mitchell Irving (Irv The Phenom); Mike Dupree; Dustin Kauffman; Arthur Payne; Shane Evans; Chavonna Adams; Charles Williams; Armond Nelson; Roger Carlson; Mark Manning; Chad Abernathy; Blair Bryant; Matt Magerkurth, and more.

AFFILIATES

90.1 KKFI; Fox 4 News KC; Channel 41 KC Live; KCPT; 98.1 KUDL; A.S.C.A.P. CERTIFIED

Book Me Or My band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ99UrXMZek

Availability for crowdfunded concerts:
Available
Not available
Touring :
Tour in Scandinavia
Tour in Europe
Tour in North America
Tour in South America
Local Travel Radius :
50km
100km
200km
300km
Concert needs (e.g. piano, PA, accommodation etc.): PA system. I can provide my own upon request
Genre:
Alternative
Americana
Blues
Classical
Electronica
Folk
Funk
Hip Hop
Indie
Jazz
Kids
Pop
RnB
Rock
Singer/Song Writer
Soul
World
Mood:
Chill
Cozy
Dinner
Dreamy
Happy
Love
Melancholia
Party

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