Aaron Kelly recently performed at the Rialto Theatre in Canton, and we were able to catch up with him for an interview; with our last talks with Kelly taking place following his American Idol competition.
When Aaron Kelly was only nine years old he wanted to participate in his school’s talent show. He asked his mom what he should do for his talent, and she instantly knew he should sing because she could always hear him singing along to the radio in the backseat of the car.
Kelly and his mom bought a CD and he practiced a song over and over. When he performed his song at the talent show not only did he win the competition, he received a standing ovation.
This was just the beginning of Kelly’s singing career.
Throughout Kelly’s childhood years he performed on the free stage at the Troy Fair, along with singing at other competitions and festivals.
“I’d beg my mom to take me out to sing,” said Kelly.
After winning more competitions throughout his childhood, Kelly was encouraged to audition for American Idol. He ended up taking up the opportunity at the age of 16.
“The process happened so fast. One week we were in auditions and the next in Hollywood,” continued Kelly. “My mind was blown every week.”
Kelly placed 5th during the ninth season of American Idol. Immediately following the show, Kelly went on the American Idol Live Tour. After his success on Idol and the tour, Kelly was welcomed back to Troy. He was one of the opening acts for Little Big Town at the Troy Fair in 2011. He explained that this was one of his first shows where he was able to get his foot in the door.
“My Troy Fair fans have always been loyal,” continued Kelly. “It feels good to be back in Pennsylvania.”
Now at the age of 24, Kelly has been writing and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently has two albums that contain original songs such as “Coincidence” and “Its gonna rain”.
During a recent performance at the Rialto theatre, Kelly thrilled the audience with a variety of songs such as “Fishing in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Band, “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley, and “America” with audience participation and a standing ovation.
“This is what I’ve worked for,” Kelly continued. “My dreams are right in front of me.”