Aaron Espe | My Whole Life

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My Whole Life

by Aaron Espe

"...There's no doubt that this is some of the most gorgeous male folk you'll hear." -- Tamara Turner, CD Baby
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Settling
3:30 $0.99
2. The Recluse
3:25 $0.99
3. Roads
4:19 $0.99
4. Grace
2:59 $0.99
5. Bold Son
3:37 $0.99
6. Complacency
4:10 $0.99
7. Advice From Them
3:10 $0.99
8. Melody
3:27 $0.99
9. Dragons
3:55 $0.99
10. Jesse Kline
3:20 $0.99
11. Home
8:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
"One of the top 20 CDs we've found anywhere in the last year!"
Intelligent Pop

"Hearing his music is like the experience of not realizing how thirsty you are until you start drinking...There's no doubt that this is some of the most gorgeous male folk you'll hear."
CD Baby

"[His] music is honest and true. A real breath of fresh air in an ocean of superficiality -- with songwriting that reveals the insight of a skilled poet twice his age."
Ron Craighead, KGLT Radio, Bozeman, MT

"...A depth of lyrics and musicality of guitar playing as anyone on the circuits -- if not more so."
Chris Cunningham, Singer/Songwriter and member of the folk duo, Storyhill.

Regardless of season or venue, Aaron Espe is a constant.

Whether swaddled in the grass of a Great Plains folk fest or enveloped in the soft din of a city cafe, Aaron Espe's music summons from its listeners a resurrected depth that otherwise cowers within during the monotonous work week.

Cherry Garrard (Antarctic explorer) wrote that "It is necessary to be cut off from civilization and all that it means to realize fully the power music has to recall the past, or the depths of meaning in it to soothe the present."

In this sense attending an Aaron Espe concert is a barbaric experience. Espe's melodies effectively work to unfetter hearers from our "civilized" busyness, interjecting space to reflect, space to be human again.

Alighting upon the folk music scene two years ago from the upland wilds of Northern Minnesota, Aaron has begun to garner the attention that one might expect from a significant young talent. His recent plumes include:
- "My Whole Life" a top 20 album for 2006 (intelligentpop.com)
- Feature artist for the 2007 Volkswagen Auto Tour.
- Feature artist for the 2007 Folk Alliance, Memphis, Tennessee.
- Among the top-ranked unsigned folk artists (myspace.com)

If such a thing as the cliched "total package" exists then attending one of Aaron Espe's concerts offers attendees a hint as to what it may be. The beauty of his sound, coupled with the irresistible aura of a shy guy, stirs a desire to join the now burgeoning army of Espe's unpaid publicists. Among his recent surge of supporters is President of CD Baby (World's Largest Seller of Independent Music), Derek Sivers:

"Aaron, I love your 'My Whole Life' CD so much I'm going to feature it on the Front Page of CD baby for a few days. We get about 100 new albums sent to us a day (about 100,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard."

A few of Espe's recordings from the abovementioned "My Whole Life" were conceived in a rapid thrust of creativity (i.e. "Grace"), while most have been the result of a painfully slow breach birth of inspiration. Consequently the hearer is aware that Espe's songs are more than trite phrasings, but rather liquefied shards of an authentic soul cast generously out to those within earshot.

Without benefit of the high-powered promotion that hammers mainstream music into our consciousness, Aaron Espe's fans greedily await the release of his second album (Summer 2007) nonetheless. -- Steve Grosz



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I actually haven't listened to the whole album, but my friend gave me a mix CD with "Dragons" on it and I fell in love. This is now my favorite song and Aaron Espe has now gained a new fan. Well done, and please keep it up. We need more artists like this.

Raw Talent
excellent singer and songwriter...He is blessed!


Really lovely and addictive...
Pour a glass of wine. Throw another log on the fire... have a date with Aaron and his mesmerizing voice. I bought several copies of this CD for Christmas gifts and all of the recipients love him, love him.


Amazing cd, a must have!
I have the cd about a month now, and it's simply one of the best you'll find on cd baby.

Mimi Burns cd promoter

WHEW! Awesome!
Reminds me of Del Amitri's first few albums....
great great great! What a voice, so vulenrable!


true artistry
A friend of mine has raved about this disc for some time now, so I gave it a chance. I liked it right away, and the more that I listen to it, the better it is. Aaron's songs are all different enough melodically to keep me interested, and the depth and variation of lyrical content is really quite impressive. He writes with the honesty of a man with nothing to lose and the understanding of a man who has seen many years, and he sings with earnestness. The music is soothing and gripping, reassuring and convicting, all at the same time.

Buy this disc.


A day of reflection and change
I had a very unsteady day. Questioning my ideas on my journey of life. I decided to clear up my computer room and started checking out various artists on the computer. My thoughts and feelings started comming out of Aaron's songs. The words of his songs were comming from within me. Thank you for the realization that my thoughts and feelings are not just my own, but we all share a common bond of life's daily journeys. They are not always a straight course, but to get to our destiny of who we our and what are purpose in life is, we do share hardships, lonliness and confussion at times. Keep in mind though, we all can feel like a King or Queen for a day.

sam dingus

this cd is amazing, i saw him live in a basement of a house with about 10 other people, needless it say i was sold


This CD is great. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Justin LeVett

Real Chill
Aaron's music is that kind of music that you just sit back and chill to. His voice is unique and liriques just flow together like they were ment to be. His music leads me to the feeling of wanting more. this is a must buy for anyone.
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