Aaron Garner’s versatile musical career began over 20 years ago when he picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began singing. Aaron is a songwriter and guitarist born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario. Fully devoted to writing new music and performing, he also graduated from Georgian College in the Business Administration – Marketing program.
Raised in a bonafide musical family, Garner was fortunate enough to grow up around many instruments. Aaron’s father, Rick, plays guitar, bass, piano and organ, while Aaron’s mother, Margaret, plays the piano and sings. His first instrument was a Gibson Les Paul that Rick, who managed Blue Mountain Music at the time, gave to him after seeing Aaron had taken a serious interest in playing guitar. He first started out playing blues guitar.
His real love for music evolved from the influence of the blues, particularly Stevie Ray Vaughan, 60’s English rock, and singing in church growing up. “Aaron has a real knack for entertaining”, says his father, “he always has and even if he wasn’t my son, I’d still say that”!
Garner’s family remained supportive while growing up; Rick was Aaron’s first big influence and as Aaron jokes, “he still tries in futility to educate me further on music theory”. In fact, Rick and Aaron’s good friend and former By Divine Right drummer, John Hall, have partnered and recently opened the doors to the Silvertone Music Academy. “They’re great teachers in addition to being great musicians.
Aaron and his band perform regularly in the Village at Blue Mountain and can be found at select venues in town. They’ve recently gone back to Aaron’s roots in the blues, performing the occasional ‘blues-only’ shows. Aaron’s also part of a tribute show to the music of The Band called “King Harvest” featuring John, Rick, fellow guitarist and singer Jason Redman, and keyboardist Drew McIvor. Watch for an upcoming show at the Gayety Theatre in the spring.
Currently writing material for his next release with Big Sugar/Trews, co-writer Patrick Ballantyne, Aaron is proud of what he accomplished on his last acoustic release, There & Back, but feels as though he is “starting to move into a different area of interest artistically”.
Performing is Aaron’s full time career and passion. His advice to others who are following the same path, “Relax and have fun when you’re on stage; your own enjoyment of music is contagious in the room.”