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Aaron Carter @ L.A. PRIDE 6/10/17 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13)
Aaron Carter @ L.A. PRIDE 6/10/17 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13)


A bit of nostalgia is awakened in every 20-something year old girl when we hear the name “Aaron Carter.” When I saw his name on the list of performers, I personally was taken back to being 10 years old and hearing “That’s How I Beat Shaq” on Radio Disney every hour on the hour. But lo and behold, this was not the same boy-next-door cool kid that we knew back then. Aaron Carter has matured greatly and is back with a polished new sound.

Adorned in tattoos, Aaron brought a satisfying level of energy to the stage. He brought a certain passion that can only be seen in artists who are hungry and working to get on all of our radar. One of my favorite songs performed was the catchy, radio ready song “Sooner or Later.” This song really defines his new fresh sound: Vegas club friendly with a smooth and urban flair.

Throughout his performance, Aaron let the crowd know that he was not a team of one, but had a talented team behind him. He was sure to pay tribute to his team of veteran instrumentalists who have been working with him for 17 years of his career. He also gave credit to his writing and production team, some of whom joined him on stage as backup vocalists. He even had a couple of his talented friends (Melanie Fontana and Symon) perform during his set.

Of course, Aaron couldn’t have a performance that left out some of his classic songs that we all know and love. He gave us all a treat and started the show with an updated version of the infamous “I Want Candy” and ended the show with “Aaron’s Party”.

In a nice contrast to his more upbeat songs, one of the final songs in his set was “Champion” an emotional tribute to his late father, who had recently passed away un-expectantly. I enjoyed the intimacy of the song, and I really felt like Aaron allowed himself to be vulnerable with the audience at Pride. The entire set as a whole reeled us in to where he is in his musical career and his personal life at the moment.

Aaron Carter’s new music is definitely worth the listen. Check out his latest EP “Love” available for streaming everywhere now.

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