American Idol fan favorite and multi-instrumentalist musician, Alejandro Aranda, also known as his stage name , stepped under the spotlight at Swedish American Hall, a historic venue in the of this past Saturday night. The intimate show offered a lucky audience of less than 300 to experience an intimate show that is part of Aranda’s first ever tour, which sold out within seconds online.

Loved and admired for his incredibly unique abilities and down-to- personality, the 24-year old dishwasher turned American Idol runner up performed an original decorated extraordinary guitar riffs that complements his soulful vocals completely as he sings about love, loss, and internal conflict.

The show starts off his captivating Idol audition piece, “Out Loud”. Other key highlights include “10 Years”, a delicate yet powerful song written for someone he cared about go through divorce: “As I walk away, they say you don’t need me anymore, because I don’t need you anymore”. He follows it “Millennial Love”, which emphasizes the importance of experiencing life outside of a screen, and “Cholo Love”, a seductive piece about being in a relationship and the only piano song that evening.

Aranda also introduces a few new singles, before ending the 80-minute show with “”, a song on the pain from a one-sided love. In fashion, Aranda effortlessly graces each performance with extra goosebump-inducing instrumentals that are fresh and heard for the first time.

Between songs, Aranda connected with the audience in a different way through sincerity and humor, sharing reflections on being authentic as an artist on national , and gratitude for his since then. He exchanged personable conversations with a diverse, fan-filled crowd who call themselves ‘Alejomies’, thanking them for connecting directly to his instead of focusing on his private life.

Beyond music, the Pomona, California native offered words of inspiration and encouraged self-compassion and compassion for those around us. “The that life is teaching me, is that each moment is very precious. On a daily basis, it starts with our personal being, personal , and personal happiness within our hearts.” Accompanied with some self-deprecating humor, he adds that “I not perfect”, reminding us that we’re all human and should “love each other because we’re one and the same”. His gratitude comes from living with purpose because “all this can be gone tomorrow so it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity.”

Recently signed to Records, releasing his new single and music video, “Tonight”, Aranda is busy on the road working on his debut album as .

Last month, he added a second sold-out fall tour, which will begin in , CA on October 10. With a huge smile, Aranda is excited to be integrating more electronic music into his repertoire. “It’s going to be really loud. After this tour, a lot of the music I’m going to put out is totally me.”

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Elina is a multi-disciplined photographer and product designer in San Francisco. She is passionate about capturing authentic and emotional moments through photography as a way to inspire, empower, and connect humanity. She is also a certified yoga teacher and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. You can find her on Instagram @elina_lin or visit her website