Aaron Espe - Making All Things New (Singer/Songwriter)

The Paul Cardall Podcast

Mar 14 2023 • 47 mins

Host Paul Cardall has been a fan of singer songwriter Aaron Espe for more than two decades. The musicians discuss Aaron's unique gift of writing songs that reconnect adults to their childhood. They discuss Aaron's latest album, Up North, which explores his childhood in a small Michigan town where he would eat "Liver and Onions" just to be with his grandfather as well as get a haircut to see his uncle and barber Duane. They talk about his grandmother in a rest home called Sheltering Oaks, which he wrote a song about. Paul asks about being a father today and what Aaron is doing to help re-create a time of innocence for his four sons. They talk about getting the kids off the iPads to explore outside.  The two discuss marriage and having wives who support an artist career and mentality. They also briefly talk about Deer Hunting as children, which Aaron wrote a song about.


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Raised in small-town northern Minnesota, singer-songwriter Aaron Espe writes tunes “…as delicate as his soft spoken voice,” says American Songwriter, “about the simple joys and occasional frustrations of life…[sometimes cloaking] his easy going lyrics in complex conceptual ideas.”

Espe got his start in 2005 opening for the folk duo Storyhill in Minneapolis before dropping out of college to tour on his own. His career has taken him across the U.S. and overseas, playing in coffee shops, bars, churches, and the occasional yoga studio.

As solo artist Espe has self-released five solo albums, a Christmas EP, and several singles. In 2012 Nettwerk Records released the EP Through Frozen Forests, which peaked at #7 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. His 2015 single “Making All Things New” emerged on numerous Spotify playlists, racking up over 21 million streams under the span of a year. It also won the attention of pop icon Taylor Swift on her self-curated playlist Songs Taylor Loves. Produced by Brian F. Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens), his first full-length album for Nettwerk, Passages, was released in September of 2017. His followup EP Wonder was released in November of 2019. The single “Anytime I Go” was featured in the Stella Artois 2019 holiday campaign. His latest EP, Rock & Roll Man, will be release in February 2021. Its singles “Sunny Day” and “Only Time” have both snagged spots on Spotify playlists like Hanging Out And Relaxing, Fresh Folk, and Infinite Acoustic.

As a writer, Espe’s song “Beyond the Sun” (cowritten by Claire Guerreso) was recorded by the Nashville Cast (feat. Lennon Stella) and “Who I Love” by the Nashville Cast (feat. Rhiannon Giddens). They aired on ABC and CMT respectively. Norwegian DJ Kygo recorded “Think About You” (cowritten by Kygo, Petey Martin Valerie Broussard). William Fitzsimmons recorded “What Kind of Love Is Like That” (cowritten by Madi Diaz) after hearing Espe’s demo version featured on the CW TV series, iZombie.

Among other placements, Espe’s recordings have been featured in Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is The New Black, The Fosters, Hulu’s The Path and the documentary film Where the Yellowstone Goes, as well as commercials by Sainsbury’s, Volkswagen and Toys “R” Us.

A resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Espe does not like to perform live, but occasionally does songwriter rounds at local venues The Basement and Bluebird Café.


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