Aaron Holder- the gentlest giant of gentrifying Brooklyn
Growing up in a Chassidic home, Aaron Holder, 24 years old and six-foot-five with magnetic blue eyes, never owned a CD– today, he creates them.
Although he was raised in Florida, Aaron is no stranger to the Crown Heights, Brooklyn scene. In fact, at one point in his life, he thought he was a rapper – “That was pathetic”, he said. With a voice as strong and powerful as his, it was a shock to learn that Aaron was fifteen the first time he was told he could sing; “In high school, a Cantor heard my voice, and wanted me to perform in the school play”.
But Aaron is way more than just a singer-songwriter, he places so much emphasis on his performance; “I love to make people laugh and smile. Also, because I’m an Aries, I like to be the center of attention”. However, Aaron wasn’t always recognized for being an ‘Awesome-Aries’, as a young kid he was horribly bullied; “They’d break my glasses and put glue on my chair”.
Aaron had to learn how to push through hard times and create good times. In fact, this is what his entire first album, titled ‘Something Stronger’ is all about – having a positive outlook, and loving life. In his song ‘On My Way’ he confidently sings, “I’ll never forget from where I came, now that the pain is gone. Because, I’m on my way, get out of my way, I’m on my way right to the top”.
Refusing to dwell on the past, Aaron playfully discussed his size 15 shoe. Aaron cracked up and joked “Big socks and problems finding shoes. Sometimes I have to order online. It’s hard to find nice shoes my size”.
While attending College full time studying music and, get this ladies, massage therapy, Aaron Holder spent the past year working on his album, “Music is my medicine. I have high blood pressure, and whenever I play, it goes down.
Wednesday night, you can come check out Aaron perform at 231 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. The show starts at 7:30. Friday afternoon, don’t bother him, he’ll be in the kitchen, baking Challah for Shabbat- what a guy.