AARON - CLOSER (SOCA 2012) MADDD
My name is Aaron Marcelline. I was born 16th September 1986 in Southern Trinidad, where I lived moving from different locations starting from Sobo Village La Brea ending in Pleasantville San Fernando. My family at a certain time didn't own a television, we would therefore spend all our time listening music, singing and dancing just to entertain ourselves. By that time my mother noticed I had something in common with her, a voice. She then started coaching to the best of her ability even though she herself had no formal training that continued up until puberty. I guess that’s when my mother migrated to start her cancer treatments and my voice started changing. It was impossible to get out a good note and with a broken heart from my mother leaving, I eventually lost the zeal I once had.
Years passed before I started loving music again and by that time I had to start from the scratch with my voice. I had no knowledge, no idea there were people qualified to train my vocals, no knowledge of music at all. I would just sing to myself or for whoever wanted to hear me. Eventually I picked up modeling and was invited to participate in a male show called ON POINT, held as part of the Point Fortin's Borough week celebrations. This show was the pathway for me to showcase my talent to a wide audience. That night I sang “Pretty Wings” by Maxwell. I was extremely nervous nothing could explain the fear and excitement. It was unlike anything I ever felt before, I sang at other shows before but none as large scale as this one. That night I received a standing ovation from the audience, they even called for an encore. After the show ended and I found out I didn't win, my one comfort was the compliments on my voice and performance and even better was hearing my father's surprised reaction to my ability he had no idea about. I now have a new goal on my agenda; I am going to be heard.
I then stopped modeling and started focusing on music solely. I was informed about an audition for a program provided by the Southern division of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs, the Young Entertainers Showcase. After performing my rendition of another of Maxwell's songs, “Fistful of Tears,” I was accepted. I met and interacted with various song writers, performers, engineers, radio hosts, disk jockeys and most importantly my vocal coach. My preferred genre of music at that time was R&B. However, after some time, I made the decision to follow the local musical culture of Trinidad, Soca Music. Being trained by Mr. Ashford Joseph, the very same man that trained our most popular and recognized soca artiste, Machel Montano, I started to work on my first material. My first recorded track, ‘Closer’, was done in late 2011, and written by Kendal Romany (although I do also write my own songs). The music was produced by one of the engineers at the Y.E.S. Program, Mr Reuel Lynch. However, the recording, mixing and mastering was done at Jahlight Records in Pleasantville, SanFernando.
My goal in the world of music is to become a household name. My aim is that my music would touch and move people from all over the world. I plan to still do RnB music. However, I hope to travel the world and carry the torch for Soca Music.