Aiden Adams is one of those people who can make you question what you’re doing with your life: He‘s published six books, written three poems, crafted three songs (one of which is streaming on Spotify) and is a social media influencer.
Oh, and he‘s 7 years old.
For Thanksgiving, Aiden is encouraging his followers — he has more than 10,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel — to donate money, food or time to help families struggling with inflation-driven spikes in holiday food prices.
“It is very important to be thankful for what you have and to share your time and money to help others in need and make others happy,” he said in a video interview from his home in Bethesda, Maryland, with his father, Neal, at his side.
The pint-sized singer-songwriter says he begins each composition by humming a melody, then writing the lyrics and harmonizing chords on the guitar.
“Lyrics are just like poetry,” he said.
Nearly half a lifetime ago, Aiden, then 4 years old, asked his parents to let him write his first book — about sheep in New York City. Mr. Adams says he told his son no, pointing out that there are no sheep in the city.
Aiden shot back that there are sheep in New York City, “if you use your imagination.”
“If you use your imagination, you can make anything come true,” Aiden said of his book’s message, smiling broadly.
That book — “There Are No Sheep in New York City!” — came out in February 2019.
But the songs, which have attracted hundreds of thousands of views online, have proven to be Aiden‘s biggest success so far.
Aiden is the third of four children. Mr. Adams said he and his wife had encouraged Aiden‘s older siblings to play musical instruments, but they hadn’t expected Aiden himself to take so much interest in the guitar at such a young age.
The young troubadour said he wants to inspire people to make the world a better place and to set aside money to help people in need during the holidays.
But his father said school and playtime may delay their release until after the holidays.
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