Monday, June 6, 2011

Red Roses

Update: Jessica Fernandes is our big winner!
Jessica wrote: My favorite song by AJ is "When we say" because that was the first song I heard with him. It's amazing and it's actually one of the two and only songs I have ever cried while hearing. As far as my favorite craft I would say bracelets. Colorfull in everyway possible! By the way, sorry to hear about your mom. Hope you feel better, though it's always hard to lose someone. At least AJ's music will cheer you up!
Jessica.. email me at liacreates [at] gmail [dot] com to give me your contact info!

If you've been around here a while you know one of my favorite musical artists is AJ Rafael. AJ has been playing piano at my church since he was a child. He's incredibly talented and for the past 6 years has worked full time on his solo career. He's had a lot of success marketing himself on youtube and has used that success to spread the love. He did two VERY successful fundraising concerts at our church and has raised thousands for Autism Speaks through his series of concerts called Music Speaks.

This year AJ worked with some outstanding musicians and recorded his first full-length album in his friend's house. Still unsigned, his album Red Roses was picked up by a distributor & will be sold starting tomorrow in Target, Best Buy, f.y.e and Barnes & Noble nationwide! You can also download it on iTunes & Amazon.


There's really no way to express just how happy I am about this. I've been a fan of AJ's for a long time and I'm so happy to see him succeeding. On a personal level, AJ and his mom were a huge support for me when my mom passed away. AJ's mom is a surgical nurse at the hospital my mom was in during the last week of her life. Ms. Rafael would sit in the waiting room with me and just keep me company while I was there all night. AJ and his choir sang at mom's funeral and went above & beyond, even going up against the head of the music ministry when she didn't want to allow us to use some of the music we had selected.

To make this all the more dear to me, AJ's release date is June 7th... which is the anniversary of my mom's passing. I know if she were still here she would have made me drive her all over town picking up AJ's cd everywhere they'll sell it.

To celebrate my boy's success, I'm giving away one copy of Red Roses to one of you!* You can preview all the songs in the video below. AJ features a lot of other amazing talent on this album. It has broad appeal, strong lyrics, great vocals and you can play each and every song around your kids. :)

To enter: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite song and your favorite craft! On Friday, June 10th I'll randomly choose one comment & send you a free copy of Red Roses and a special treat selected just for you based on your craft!

Be sure to leave some kind of contact info! Email, twitter, whatever...



I'm so excited to share this great music with you! And for those of you who don't win... the cd is a bargin! Look for it!

*Open worldwide... but if you're in Canada I'll have to wait until the postal strike is over to send it out!

Edit: OK, worldwide assuming it's legal to ship there from the United States. :)

35 comments:

jordan said...

I WAAAAAANT!!!!

payalpubbi48 said...

I LOVE AJ <3333333

Luis Aguilar said...

I WANT I WANT I WANT <3 <3
Aj is awesome and i've seen him live he is just so amazing :)

Sammi Teo said...

I would love a copy :)

Claudia said...

This would make my life. I absolutely love his music!<3 I can never find his songs, so I have like one song on my phone. Apooey.

Bryceofcali said...

I wants duh free album! :D please?

Tina~ said...

OMG! His album is releasing on my birthday XD My favorite song is "When We Say (Juicebox)" and my favorite crafts are drawing and doing DIY stuff like making jewelry or making clothes(: I'd really love to win.

heyythereashley said...

My favorite song is Without You! I love it, cause I wouldn't want my boyfriend to leave me! But I love all the songs on here to! And my favorite craft... is making hearts out of dollar bills :D

Tayler said...

I love AJ so much!! This would totally make my day! My favorite song is either Red Roses or Emma Watson and my favorite craft is making friendship bracelets! Thanks for the opportunity Lia!!

Danyl Mariano said...

AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ YES :D I would LOVE a copy !

spice97 said...

Well I love most of the songs on his album but my favorite song is "We Could Happen" and my favorite crafts are origami type things and painting. Hopefully I win, I really wanted to get his album because the songs on there are amazingg! :D

Danyl Mariano said...

I forgot to mention the other stuff, my favorite song is My Soldier and my favorite craft is making roses out of tissue paper [:

Jessica said...

My favorite song by AJ is "When we say" because that was the first song I heard with him. It's amazing and it's actually one of the two and only songs I have ever cried while hearing. As far as my favorite craft I would say bracelets. Colorfull in everyway possible! By the way, sorry to hear about your mom. Hope you feel better, though it's always hard to lose someone. At least AJ's music will cheer you up!

Joanna Baile said...

She was mine is my favourite song .. you don't know how much i've raped this button. I still play it like everyday even though its already been like what, 2 years ? hehe
my favourite craft is making origami ! hehe, i actually really like making swans :P

i love aj rafael, and his sister too ! ahaha love their family.

P Ha said...

My favorite song is Without You, I love how his voice flows with the piano, it feels very comforting. I enjoy folding stars :)

Stephanus Neo said...

I want red roses! And alittle piece of AJ! :B

joethursdays said...

Such a sweet post :) My favorite song is We Could Happen, and my favorite craft is making YouTube videos!! :D

Spencer Newton said...

My favorite song has to be starlit nights. I love the original from his myspace and when I watched the kickstarter video of Andrew jammin on the electric for that midverse riff i knew it was for starlit nights, and i got too excited. And my favorite craft is writing and playing music, just like AJ and I hope to be just as successful as him one day. :)

Jessica Fernandes said...

My favorite song by AJ is "When we say" because that was the first song I heard with him. It's amazing and it's actually one of the two and only songs I have ever cried while hearing. As far as my favorite craft I would say bracelets. Colorfull in everyway possible! By the way, sorry to hear about your mom. Hope you feel better, though it's always hard to lose someone. At least AJ's music will cheer you up!

Nikita Patel said...

My favorite song is I just want you because it's the song that shows how much AJ has truly grown,it's one of his first songs and til this day I remember watching a video of him singing this song in LA in 2009 and crying because it finally hit him when all his fans new his song that he was sincerely doing what he loved.

My favorite craft is helping people. From a young age I've been volunteering in soup kitchens, hospitals, parks, and etc. and it has truly been an amazing experience. Just seeing how much it means to someone to help them with something little as serving them food or getting them a cup of water it's just infectious! <3

Kristen said...

I absolutely love love love "We could happen!" My absolute favorite song ever! And my favorite craft is definitely singing! <3333 I love AJ!

latinitran said...

If I get his album, my life would be complete!! I simply love Aj Rafael and I would scream and shout if I get it.

shadow_55000 said...

I think AJ is so amazing and I am so proud of him to have his very own ALBUM out!!!! When his buddies JRA, Jesse, Traphik, Jeremy, and LeeJay came to Alaska they earned a special place in my heart. I know he couldn't make it up to AK with them but I support AJ just has much as I do all the rest of them. It's just incredible to me that he is unsigned and this is happening. I'm so excited for him!! I can't wait for the songs "When We Say","Without You", and "She Was Mine" "Here All Alone" and I already have "We Can Happen" on my iPod! and my craft is making cards!! here is the link to a card I made for someone on twitter. http://twitpic.com/4i3vd1

CONGRATS AJ!! I will be visiting Target soon :) You are invited to the next show JRA has up here in Alaska!!

sylentthunder said...

my fave song is Red Roses and my fave craft is making friendship bracelets :)

Tina said...

Can I please have Red Roses, My life would be complete if I get it. I simply love him and I need that album. I love his music <3 my heart sinks when I hear his voice. thats how much I love him <3

Tina said...

My favourite song is She was mine by Aj Rafael ft. Jesse Barrera and my favourite craft is a hand stitching

stacialexis said...

Hey I reallynwant a copy!! It's so hard to get in here in Singapore! I love AJ so much, I flew down to Melbourne last year to watch his concert! My favorite song is "We Could Happen"! It's so catchy and romantic! My favorite craft is making hearts from straws!!

Really hope I can win AJ's album! Thanks for the giveaway anyway! :D

lorraine said...

cool giveaway! congrats!!

Kristen said...

I absolutely love love love "We could happen!" My absolute favorite song ever! And my favorite craft is definitely singing! <3333 I love AJ!

Kyle said...

My favorite song by AJ is probably When We Say (Juicebox). I can relate to the song so much. It automatically sends me to an imaginary world. And my favorite craft is writing music with meaning. Much love to AJ, so proud of him! :) You can contact me via twitter. @KBJapanese

Panhia Xiong said...

My favorite song is I Just Want You. Loved the song since the moment i heard it! My favorite craft would be making memo books. It's great to share so much memories! I'm very proud of AJ!!!!! I'll keep supporting!

Sam said...

My favorite song I think is When We Say. I'm a sucker for anything acoustic :-)

All the songs sounded really good. I think I'd really like his album.

My favorite craft is crochet!

Sam <3

Jessica Fernandes said...

My favorite song by AJ is "When we say" because that was the first song I heard with him. It's amazing and it's actually one of the two and only songs I have ever cried while hearing. As far as my favorite craft I would say bracelets. Colorfull in everyway possible!

Rossella said...

I'd love to have the copy.
Wish u the best.
Rossellastra (Ravelry)

Brian said...

My favorite song is "AJ Rafael - We Could Happen". Umm. My favorite gift would be jacket/short. something that I could wear outside casually! :)

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Thank you for doing this!