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 by 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 even the occasional yoga studio.
He 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 2016 single “Making All Things New” emerged on numerous coveted 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. His first full-length album for Nettwerk, Passages, was released in September of 2017.
His song “Beyond the Sun” was recorded by the Nashville Cast (feat. Lennon Stella) and “Who I Love” by the Nashville Cast (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) airing on ABC and CMT respectively. Among other coveted placements, Espe’s recordings have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, 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 often performs songwriter rounds at local venues The Basement and Bluebird Café.