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A.J. Croce

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A.J. Croce (born Adrian James Croce on September 28, 1971 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American singer-songwriter. He is the son of singer-songwriter Jim Croce.

Shortly before his father’s death in a 1973 plane crash, Croce’s family moved west to San Diego, California, where his mother, Ingrid, raised him.

At the age of four, Croce was completely blinded, as the result of a brain tumor. Between the ages of four and ten, Croce gradually regained vision in his left eye. It was during this difficult time in Croce’s life that he began to play the piano. “I learned to play music by listening and playing along to the radio and to records…” Croce says, “At some point I was given the music of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder as inspiration, which it was, and has been ever since.”

Croce’s first paying gig was at the age of 12, when he was paid $20 to perform at a Bat-Mitzvah party. By the age of 16, Croce was performing regularly at San Diego nightclubs, as a sideman and band leader. Croce reflects, “I was into every kind of music… you might say I was unfocused, but I consider an eclectic taste in music to be the foundation of versatility.” Croce’s house burned down when he was age 15.

Ron Goldstein and Peter Bauman of Private Music signed Croce to his first record deal at age 19. He recorded two CDs for Private Music: his self-titled debut, “A.J. Croce,” produced by T-Bone Burnett and John Simon, and “That’s Me In The Bar,” produced by Jim Keltner, and featuring artists such as Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo, and Keltner himself.

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  • yevnyra

    Wish I could play piano like AJ (& sing & play guitar & write songs)...

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • akaouette

    So in love with AJ.... since ages

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • apodispub

    29 days till the new album...

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • fuzmeister

    All I have heard is Cantos - but it's a damn enjoyable album. Quite mellow.

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • cskaryd

    has he ever covered any of his father's songs?

    15 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Phillyzero

    Still looking for some of his other albums, especially Fit to Serve, but Cantos is great.

    20 Oct 2007 Reply