Mixing his West Indian vocal dub style with a solid grounding in traditional American R&B, 17-year old Aaron Fresh, the latest addition to the growing Teen Island roster, is storming pop and rhythm radio formats with his debut single, “Spending All My Time.” The track is New & Active this week at #52-bullet on the Top 40 Mediabase chart, with over 3 million in audience and growing. Upon impact the single was added to 50 stations across the pop and rhythm radio formats.
Born in the U.S., Aaron Hinton-Marshall (aka Aaron Fresh) wanted to sing by age seven; at eight when he was sent to live with his grand mother in Port-Au-Spain, the tiny capitol city of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At a crucial time in his development, he gained a sincere appreciation for reggae, dub and calypso music, especially inspired by Jamaican stars Buju Banton and Sizzla. In middle school, Aaron started entering talent shows and trying out for agencies. “Any opportunity where I could showcase my talent,” he says, “I was there.”
After graduating from Holy Names Prep School in Trinidad, Aaron returned to the States to live with his mother in Southern California. During a vocal rehearsal at a friend’s house, Aaron was overheard by a producer. The chance meeting led to an introduction to Nick Cannon, whose instant reaction was “Let’s get it started” and quickly signed the young star to his label, NCredible Entertainment.
“My music really portrays me as a person,” Aaron says, “because I’m American but have a Caribbean background. I have no musical preference, I like everything as long as you can feel the vibe through your soul.” The young singer (and occasional songwriter) has been working closely with Nick Cannon every step of the way. “He’s totally involved in everything I do … I admire the guy, and he treats me like a little brother, so that’s a good feeling.”