Aaron Stutzman

Aaron Stutzman

February 18, 2024

When I was just a young boy the Clearwater band became a big inspiration in my life.  Clearwater was a local band led by Dan Utz. They also had a yodeler on the team named Lee Schwartz.  When I heard the combination of country, gospel, and yodeling together, something came alive within me.  I started listening, learning, and singing along to these songs, but the ones I listened to most were the yodeling songs.  I would press play, rewind, and play again.  Little by little, I started catching on.  I would practice daily in my free time and gradually figured out how to make that unique sound.  From listening to their music, Lee, the yodeler, became someone I really looked up to.  As a first grader, it meant a lot to me when Lee showed up at my school talent show to listen to me sing one of the yodeling songs that I learned through him.  When I was 9 years old, my world was crushed when Lee was killed in a car accident.  It was a very sad day for many, but he left an impact in my life that I will always be grateful for.

At the age of 14, I started playing drums, and played for the church worship team throughout most of my teen years.  I still loved to sing and yodel, but my main focus with music was being a drummer.  I got to a point where I felt like I hit a plateau with my yodeling and didn't know what else to do with it.  Little did I know that a few years down the road, the Lord was going to open some big doors for me with singing and yodeling.  In my late teens, I strayed away from my relationship with Jesus and went my own way.  It wasn't until I rededicated my life to Him, that He opened the doors that brought true satisfaction, through what I loved to do.  When I was 21, I was asked to yodel at a church that was hosting a Swiss alps night.  At that time, I didn't play guitar, so I asked the Lee's brother, Chris Schwartz, to help me out on the guitar.  Chris taught me a new yodel that night, which opened a whole new book of what I could do with yodeling.

After that event, I taught myself to play guitar and started learning and memorizing songs. My uncle Kenny hosted a monthly jam session that started shaping me as a singer and musician, leading me to where I am today. In 2013, I released my first album called "The Yodeler."  It features songs that I learned growing up, lots of yodeling,  and also some that I wrote.  In the summer of 2015, I had the privilege to record my second project called “Man I Am Today."  It includes songs about my childhood, and songs that I feel have in some way, made me who I am today.  It also features some yodeling and a few originals. In February of 2019, the band and myself recorded our latest album called “Cross Your Heart.” This is a high energy Bluegrass/Gospel album featuring three-part harmonies, along with yodeling and a few upbeat instrumentals. As a dad it brought much joy to have my sons Wesley (6) and Walker (5) help sing on the song “Daniel Prayed.” Songs that draw me in are songs with a good story line or message behind them.  My goal is to continue in the path the Lord has called me to and bring Him glory through it.  I am very thankful for my family, friends, and all of the people out there who support my music.  Most of all, I praise the Lord Jesus for blessing me with this talent, and I pray that all who listen to my music will enjoy it and be blessed.  Thank You!

Sarasota Community Church
4041 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232

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