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Aaron Carpenter Signs to Capitol Records: Exclusive

Joe Perri
Aaron Carpenter

Louisiana native Aaron Carpenter has signed to Capitol Records, Billboard has learned.

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who is now based in LA, says that signing to the label is a “dream come true.”

“When I moved from Louisiana to LA, I passed by the iconic [Capitol] tower all the time. Now I am walking the hallways where all the greats recorded -- Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Beatles…it’s surreal,” Carpenter says.

He adds that fans can expect new music soon: “I have been working on my music for so long, spending almost every day in the studio for the past year. I am stoked to finally release it to my fans!”

Capitol Records executive vp of A&R Jeremy Vuernick says he’s excited to witness the singer’s growth. “There is an authenticity to Aaron that is reflected in his music,” Vuernick says. “Seeing him grow as a songwriter and musician has been incredibly exciting to watch. He has completely immersed himself into the creative process, and we are ready for the world to hear it.”

Carpenter -- who is managed by Lighthouse Management + Media -- grew up listening to “everything from classic country to pop-punk to the Stevie Wonders records his grandmother often spun for him.” He began to pursue music professionally after posting various covers, including one of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” in 2015 which he performed on ukulele, for his almost four million followers on Instagram.

Moving to LA to pursue his passion, Carpenter immersed himself in writing songs and learning how to play the guitar and piano. “I remember posting something saying I was working on music, when really it was just me in my bedroom, trying to figure everything out on my own,” he says. “I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, but I forced myself to keep going.”

Carpenter is working with songwriters like Mozella (Miley Cyrus, Charlie Puth), SG Lewis, Chad Hugo, Scott Harris and The Roomates as he prepares to make his debut.