Aaron De Sousa is a singer and songwriter whom I worked with on a very special event in memory of those in our community lost at Pulse/Orlando. We filmed “Cuarenta y Nueve” (49 in Spanish) a very special episode of the community talk show that I host “On the Couch” at Glad day Bookshop, and when Aaron saw our plans on social media, he approached me to contribute a live number of a song he has written for the occasion. I loved his work. And since then we have been pals and have supported each other’s work.

Aaron, a graduate of Humber College’s Vocal Jazz Program, tells me he appreciates all styles of music. He is excited to release his new album “Necessity”.

So Aaron, tell us about the new album, when did it come, how are you feeling about it, what’s different and unique?

The album came about as I was writing more songs after my last record. I had met a mutual friend of my last producer and showed him my musical ideas and as it was coming together, I started connecting the thread of how every song addresses a specific need (love, acceptance, courage, human connection, etc.)
It came together so quickly.

I believe this is not your first album? If not what have you done before?

My last record was “Closer to the Light” in 2017. I would say what was different this time around was the vibe. That record had more live musicians and this one (“Necessity”) is more electronic while still having a myriad of sounds and genres.

Why music? what got you into it, and when did you discover your talent?

Music has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I started piano when I was six and I’ve been singing all of my life. If I’m having a bad day, music is a saving grace and it’s a universal language that unites humanity of all walks of life.

You are a very active member of Forte. Tell us about that experience and what makes it special?

I joined Forte in 2016. We do cabaret shows, concerts for Christmas and summer and many other performances. Last year we sang with Demi Lovato and Jully Black. We have also performed the national anthem at the Blue Jays game and sang at the film premiere for Rocket Man. What I love about Forte is not only the music but the sense of camaraderie and brotherhood. We are a family who supports the LGBTQ+ community and each other in our personal lives.

What is next for you on your music journey?

Next? I would love to try writing music with other people. I enjoy the art of drag and would love to experience more of that avenue. I am also considering heading back to school to study music therapy because I believe that music heals the body, mind and soul.

Thank you Aaron and I am sure we will continue seeing great things from you. You can connect with Aaron on Facebook (under his name,) Instagram (sousaaaronde,) and https://soundcloud.com/aaron-de-sousa

“Necessity” will be available digitally on August 15: Spotify, iTunes, Google Play.

About the Author

Antoine has on numerous occasions said that everything he does is "a love letter to the LGBTQ community". and he truly loves this community. A 29 years' media and marketing leader, Antoine is the publisher of theBUZZ, The Pink Pages Directory, PinkPlayMags, and a magazine for Durham Region families The Local Biz Magazine, and is the host of talk show "On the Couch". On his off time he is usually involved in community organizations and causes.