Aaron Accetta

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Aaron Accetta
Born (1971-05-11) May 11, 1971 (age 50)
Origin Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, dance-pop, electropop, pop rock
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, songwriter
Years active2000–present
Website accetta.com

Aaron Accetta is an American New York–based multi-platinum [1] record producer, songwriter, and musician. He is currently co-owner of Dirty Canvas Music, a full scale music production company focused on artist development. The first artist signed to Dirty Canvas was Brooklyn based alt rock band American Authors in 2011, who received a joint record deal with Island Records in 2012. [2] Subsequent acts signed to Dirty Canvas include Young Rising Sons in early 2014, who received a joint record deal with Interscope records on June 17, 2014 and The Karma Killers. [2]


Accetta has written and/or produced for such names as He is We, Forever The Sickest Kids, James Garfunkel, Brooke Hogan, Deborah Gibson, Jordan Knight, [3] Rich Cronin, LFO, Keke Palmer, Aaron Carter, Nick Carter, and Jeff Timmons. [4]

Born and raised in Bedford Hills, NY, a small town outside of New York City, Accetta began his music career at the early age of fourteen; writing his first song on his Fender Stratocaster. As a high school freshman, Aaron joined his first band, Perceptions, with Paul Thomasi, Stuart Ploss, Neil Minsky, and David Lay Williams. Also around this time, he recorded a single, "Mind Games," with Connecticut singer, Vinnie Macchio. By age sixteen, he started another band called, The Fuse. [5]

After The Fuse parted ways, Accetta and lead vocalist, Dan Woods, put their efforts towards a new project: JBender, a melodic, hook-driven rock band produced by Sam Hollander. In February 2001, the band signed a major recording contract with Columbia Records. [6] The band was later dropped in 2002.

Accetta began focusing solely on his producing and songwriting career after the fall of JBender. In 2002, he teamed up with pop artist, Mandy Ventrice, [7] and began co-writing with the likes of Shep Goodman, Kenny Gioia, and Sam Hollander. [8]

In 2003, Accetta was offered an in-house producer and songwriting position for Trans Continental Records based out of Orlando, FL.[ citation needed ] Shortly after, his credibility as a producer and songwriter grew tremendously; earning him rave reviews in Billboard Magazine, and an RIAA Certified Gold Record commemorating the sales of his production on Aaron Carter's single, Saturday Night. [9] [10] [11]

Selected Discography

YearArtistAlbumSong(s)CreditRecord labelsNotes
2014Young Rising SonsHigh (Single)ProducerDirty Canvas Music
Brick+Mortar Locked in a Cage (Single)ComposerAnchor & Hope Music"Locked in a Cage" reached #36 on Billboard Alternative Songs
American Authors Oh, What a Life Entire albumComposer, Executive Producer, Mixing, producer, Vocals (Background) Mercury Records Oh, What a Life peaked at #15 on The Billboard 200 [12]
American Authors Best Day of My Life (Single)Composer, engineer, Mixing, producer Mercury Records RIAA: Platinum, ARIA: Gold, MC: Platinum< [1]
Bayside Cult Entire albumProducer Hopeless Records
2013 American Authors American Authors (EP)Entire albumComposer, engineer, Mixing, producer Island Records
2012Lions LionsTo Carve Our NamesEntire albumComposer, producerHollywood Waste Records
2011 Forever the Sickest Kids Forever the Sickest Kids Entire albumMixing, producer, Programming Universal Motown Records
Four Year Strong In Some Way, Shape or Form Entire albumEngineer, producer Universal Motown Records
Get Scared Best Kind of Mess Entire albumComposer, producer Universal Motown Records
He Is We My Forever Entire albumGuitar, Mixing, producer, Programming Universal Motown Records My Forever reached #33 on The Billboard 200 [13]
2009 Brooke Hogan The Redemption Entire albumComposer Fontana Records The Redemption debuted at number 144 on the Billboard 200
2006 Jordan Knight Love Songs "I Wish"

"Say Goodbye" (coproduced by Jeff Timmons)
"Where is Your Heart Tonight" (coproduced by Jeff Timmons)
"No More Tears" (coproduced by Jeff Timmons)

Cowriter,Producer,Engineer,Guitarist, Programming Trans Continental Records The single "Say Goodbye" reached #24 in the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
2005 Aaron Carter Saturday Night (Single)Bass, Drums, engineer, Guitar, producer, ProgrammingMadacyRIAA: Gold
2001 LFO Life Is Good Entire albumGuitarist J Records Life Is Good reached #75 on The Billboard 200.

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