But then in 2011, he returned with “Worlds Away”, a song that paid tribute to his sister. It’s music video reached the #1 position on MTV Logo’s music countdown, where it remained for a record four consecutive weeks. When it was added to rotation on MTV and VH1, Aiden knew he was back. He followed the hit with the pop anthem “Trying to Leave Now”, and again charted #1 on several pop/dance charts around the globe. Then, in the summer of 2012, he released the video and single “Diamond Dreams”, recounting his steps from Ohio to achieving success in New York City.
Six days after graduating high school in Ohio, Aiden Leslie moved to New York City to pursue his music dreams. “I was mesmerized by Elvis as a child,” he remembers. “My parents were huge fans and would always play his records. One morning I told my parents I wanted to be a singer like Elvis and they said I could do anything I wanted. Their belief encouraged me.”
As a songwriter, Leslie has become known for using his songs as personal diary entries. “Worlds Away” examined the aftermath of struggle, and how people eventually reach a light at the end of the tunnel and grow from adversity. “Trying to Leave Now” looked at fighting feelings in the heart, leaving a love the mind knows is not right.
In 2014, Aiden achieved another milestone by breaking out on the Billboard Dance Chart with his hit “Nobody Said. It tackles a desire many (including Aiden Leslie) feel is even more out of reach: finding ultimate love.
Next up for Aiden: A song that was one of the very first that he wrote, “I Just Go”. “This track explores things we can all identify with…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. It’s without a doubt one of the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written” says Leslie.
“I’ve learned that in life, there are hills to climb,” he says. “It’s how you manage the climb up and the fall down from them that is key. “I am grateful to have found my purpose in music…it’s how I share and express myself. Being given a second chance to share it with the world is a gift.”