Worship Leader Magazine called Aaron Strumpel's first work with Enter the Worship Circle (CHAIR & MIC VOL. 2) “captivating” and said it “needs to permeate more of our services of worship.” In his second solo effort, Aaron continued his psalmic output with the vast and wild ELEPHANTS record, winning Calvin College’s Band-spotting Contest at the Festival of Faith and Arts and garnering critical acclaim with Christianity Today calling it a “stunning achievement” and Paste Magazine saying that he “has stolen the hymnbook of ancient Israel back for the regular folks.” Relevant Magazine called his follow-up, BIRDS, “dreamy” and “sun-shine-y” while Christianity Today called it a “holy hoe-down” and “gloriously disheveled.” His 2015 release, Bright Star, saw listings in Worship Leader Magazine as a Top 20 Indie Worship release. His latest record, Mighty Refuge, has a track with a half million plays on Spotify and is full of hymns, re-imagined, some re-written and amended.
Aaron has toured through 45 states and internationally to Rwanda, Uganda, Gaza, Israel, Haiti, and much of Europe, Central and South America. He has played everywhere from the New Orleans Super Dome to a street corner in a Brazilian favela; from a chapel at the Harvard School of Divinity to a yard outside of a make-shift medical clinic in Gaza. His international work has given him a sense of the beauty and diversity of the people of God and has informed his songs with the sort of simplicity and honesty that translates between cultures. His time on staff at a local fellowship instilled a centeredness and pastoral heart which also serves to ground his artistry and leadership.
He is currently full of new creative endeavors which include 1. the third and final album in the Elephants and Birds line up called Buffaloes, 2. a new batch of hymns reimagined, 3. producing other artists in his studio, Shovel Studios, and 4. Common Hymnal, a collaborative community of songwriters pulled together from diverse backgrounds to write songs that address poignant themes that are often overlooked or side-stepped in mainstream church life. When not in the process of creating, touring, or teaching songwriting workshops, Aaron is likely to be found fly fishing, obsessing over guitars, finding the best Pho in a particular city, and/or attempting to sneak lattes in to movie theaters!