Predominantly focusing on his personal experiences with family, love and life, singer and songwriter Aaron Espe creates music that is open and sincere. Often compared to “Damien Rice, John Mayer, and James Taylor without any of the fanfare, arrogance, or preconception,” his music delivers an “experience of not realizing how thirsty you are until you start drinking.”
Raised in small-town northern Minnesota, Espe got his start touring for the folk duo Storyhill in Minneapolis before moving to performing solo sets. In 2005 he released his first solo album, My Whole Life (2005). Since then he has released several other albums including Songs From A Small Town (2008), Three (2012), Through Frozen Forests (2012) and Safe Enough To Wander (2013). Espe has toured across the U.S., playing in coffee shops, bars, churches, and even yoga studios. In addition to his solo success Espe has opened for The Fray, John Gorka, Juliet Turner and Brian Houston.
Espe’s music has been featured on the BBC, MPR’s The Current, and The Editor’s Picks at CD Baby. Additionally, his songs have been used by top networks including ABC, MTV, VH1, Animal Planet, as well as commercials for Sainsbury’s, Payless ShoeSource, Volkswagen and The University of Minnesota. His music also appears on the soundtrack for the film, “Where the Yellowstone Goes.” Espe also acts as one-half of Bombs Over Nowhere, a collaborative project with his friend and fellow songwriter busbee.
Espe currently lives with his wife, son and dog in Nashville, Tennessee and writes for JMHB, Revelry and Nettwerk.
“Espe wears hats of Damien Rice, John Mayer, and James Taylor without any of the fanfare, arrogance, or preconception. [Songs from a Small Town] is the perfect collection of unknown folk songs. Instantly singable, effortlessly lovable, and incredibly well for the wear.”
CD Baby Editors
“[Songs from a Small Town] transports you into Espe’s world and you will be better off for having visited.”
“[‘My Whole Life’] One of the top 20 CDs we’ve found anywhere in the last year.”
“[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
“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 music you’ll hear.”