Aaron Sim has a way with words – and music. Delivered with the cool swagger that’s come to be his hallmark, Sim’s sound is reminiscent of the feel good music of the 1970’s. Earthwind and Fire, Marvin Gay, Music Soul Child, Al Green come to mind when you listen to Sim, though Sim’s style is unmistakably his own – a unique mix of today and yesterday that transcends generations.
Of Dominican descent, Sim was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. He moved to the “Crescent City” of New Orleans when he was ten years old. The two major influences during his growing up years were music and athletics. Sim’s young world was filled with the sounds of Brian McKnight, Boys II Men, Maxwell, and Musiq Soulchild. His mother, a significant force in his life, sang in the church choir and ran track in college. Sim followed in her footsteps by attending the University of Kansas where he landed a football scholarship.
Sim’s passion for writing goes back to his high school years when he started writing poetry. By the time he started college, he had moved on to lyrics and melody. In 2007, he took his interest in music one step further by attending Florida Atlantic University from which he graduated in 2009.
It was about that time that the singer in Sims began surfacing in a serious way. He started stepping up to “open mic’s” and tried out for singing contests at every opportunity. He worked on his musical chops at as many as five “open mic” nights a week.
But Sim’s time in New Orleans was destined to be shorter than he had planned. Hurricane Katrina blew in, bringing change in the wake of the storm that destroyed the family home and initiated a move to Atlanta and later, South Florida where he would fully develop his talents as a songwriter and singer.