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Music. Mission Faith. Life.
(Love is insanity)
For my parents, Yvonne and Walter Thompson. I wrote and and recorded Hold On in the Soul/Gospel tradition. This sound was made popular by gospel crossover artists like Sam Cooke. Soul music can carry the weight of heavier topics like the brokenness of family. Https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/aaronthompson/hold-on
My wife Marian and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage this year. We have four children, Mark, Madison, Damaris and Aaron Jr. In our years together, we have called Arizona, Wisconsin and California home. Our family is diverse. We believe that diversity is a blessing. We've met and made friends with many good people in communities across this nation from Arizona to Wisconsin and now California. Everyday is a lesson in holding on, forgiving and loving each other.
Forward to the Cross is project that came alive during the pandemic. I reached out to friends, fellow musicians and clergy to come together, to uplift one another. From Mexico, Poland and all over the USA they came! Hold on, the church is alive and beautiful!
The first two sounds I remember hearing as a small child in Chicago were the singing voices of my mother and father. My mom Yvonne had a beautiful classically trained voice and my father no formal training but would sit at the piano and croon the vocal stylings of Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole.
The soundtrack of Aaron Thompson’s childhood was a mix of Soul, Classical, RnB, Calypso, Broadway, Rock and Jazz. Thompson developed a deep love for music and began playing the trumpet after moving to Scottsdale AZ in 4th grade.
Those early days surrounded by all styles of music were enough to not only stimulate my imagination, but to create passion making music to inspire and to entertain.
The newest project from Aaron Thompson is a musical mission to bring good-will and holiday cheer to First Responders. The album harkens back to the simpler times of friends and family drawing near around the holiday season. Better Angels is a well-crafted collection of Christmas favorites and original songs to warm the heart and soul.
Woven throughout this holiday project is the joyful work of many volunteers who assembled baskets, baked cookies and partnered with me to deliver a message of thank you to 1000 first responders during Christmas 2020. Special thanks to: Sue Coleman, Damaris Thompson, Kate Ellis, Barbara Collins, Lori and Dan Toomey, Becky and J.B. Sherrill, Michael Ochoa, Sacto Cali Rocks and the many donors to the Better Angels gofundme page.
Music lifts our spirits and communicates matters of the heart. Soon after moving to Sacramento, I noticed homeless people all around. A little research revealed there are over 150,000 homeless in California and 11,000 of them are American Veterans. I immediately felt overwhelmed. The Welcome Home Project was my way of using music and collaboration to reach out and make a difference in our community.
A setting of psalm 93, I was blessed to work with Cliff Petty and Tom Jefferson on bringing a gospel flavor to this psalm. Grateful to Ed and Karen Bolduc on making the recording as joyful as the words.
The song "Blessed One" by Aaron Thompson combined with beautiful images by Br. Mickey McGrath and prayers from Fr. Richard Fragomeni in the acclaimed art book "Blessed Art Thou". Share with the special women in your life this Marian month of May especially on Mother's Day. Art book and song available at https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/blessed-onea-thompson-print-008338
This composition was one of my first. I remember the lyrics came to me as I drove from Sedona to Phoenix on a rainy day. It is for Lent.
Psalm 54. Saul was desperate to find David. David and his men were running and weary from flight. Seeking rest, David and his men stopped among a people called the Ziphites who betrayed him, giving away his location to Saul's men. Early in the psalm, David pleads with God, but soon lays aside fear to sing a song of thanksgiving and joy
I had fun writing this one. It is meant to be sung for Epiphany and Christmas with themes of Salvation, light and hope.
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Pure Holiday Cheer for young and old this year.
A HOLIDAY FAVORITE WITH A NEW TWIST!