From the fan watching him sing behind the screen to the fan meeting AJ in person lol. I don’t think I’ll be getting over the fact that I’ve met AJ Rafael anytime soon.. He’s such a sweet and cute guy! And his hugs are the greatest thing that ever happened in my life! And I couldn’t sleep well for the last three nights because I still couldn’t believe that I’ve met.. AJ.. Rafael… GAHHhhhhhhhhahahaha

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taylor swift medley. 

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Hey people, AJ here. First of all, I wanted to say thank you for submitting your songs with me. I felt really emotional watching these, especially because it brought me back to why I write songs in the first place. The rawness, the honesty, and the vibes of these videos really blew me away. 

There were 94 videos that were submitted, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to choose a songwriter to be the first featured in my series, “Pen Trails”.

Although ALL of the videos had some amazing lyrics/vocals/creativity, I have a list of 10 that really related to me and stood out. After I contact these people, I would like to share with you some of the top submissions in a blog. I believe you guys can be inspired as much as I was after watching them. 

I feel like writing now! Thanks for that! To those who didn’t get selected, please know I watched all of your videos and really appreciated the heart you all put into them. The ones with the shoutouts to me and the dedications, thank you so much. I’m tearing up writing this haha, to know some of you look up to me means so much to me. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of submissions and love from all over the country (and around the world as well).

With all that said, I wanted to tell you that I’ve already contacted the songwriter and will be visiting her on the 4th. The first episode will be in Seattle, WA and I’m excited to take my team there. The video should be live by the 12th, so you guys will see the whole episode then and the song I chose and why. I appreciate all of you! Take care, and keep writing. Nothing is better than being able to express what you’re feeling through music.




Start a fire
And make it burn bright
Hold my hand
Baby we could take flight

Let it go
The past has no more to show
Youre all that I want
Wont you let love grow

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When: Friday August 1st, 2014
Where: Sol Collective (2574 21st Street, Sacramento, CA)
Performers: AJ Rafael, Tim Atlas, Melvin Gutierrez, Boogie Monstarz, The Scheme, Rudeboi, and more special/surprise performers announced soon!!!
Time: 7:30-11:00 PM
Price: $12 Pre-sale ( | $15 Door (cash)
Food: Wandering Boba food truck will have food for sale outside the venue

HOPE TO SEE Y’ALL THERE!!! ;) Come through cuz this will also be AJ’s last NorCal/Bay Area show before his indefinite hiatus!

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