Singer-songwriter and Contemporary Christian Music artist Aaron Bucks on Friday released his debut single "California." The new song is produced by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer Ian Eskelin and was co-written by Bucks and Eskelin along with Doug McKelvey.
Bucks says "California" is a personal song that shares about the true meaning of friendship, explaining, "Everyone has moments in life where we feel isolated and that no one else has experienced what we are going through."
"I had a couple friends in my life who, during some tough moments, were there for me and chose to take the time to be my 'brother's keeper,'" says Eskelin. "This song speaks deeply into that friendship and our camaraderie."
Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, Bucks says he always gravitated towards music but that the pressure to pursue a conventional career kept him from taking his passion for music and songwriting seriously. While at culinary school, he spent every weekend performing at weddings and parties, while also leading worship at his local church.
Finally, after encouragement from fans who had heard him play, and friends who knew his passion for music, an old acquaintance offered to help pay for him to record an album, leading him to reevaluate his career path and follow his passion for music. Now, newly signed to BEC Recordings in partnership with Radiate Music, Bucks is slated to release a full-length album later this year.
When asked what inspires him as an artist and a songwriter, Bucks shares, "Inspiration is literally everywhere, but the trick is to slow myself down enough to tap into it. One thing that inspires me is humanity itself, hearing stories of strength, perseverance, will, determination, love, faith, and yes, even the stories of failures and struggles move me. Ultimately wherever the listener may be in life, I hope my music can truly brighten their day."
Click below to watch the official lyric video for Bucks' "California," or click here to download or stream the single at your favorite music provider: