AJ Rafael

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AJ Rafael
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Background information
Birth name Arthur Joseph Rafael
Born (1989-03-12) March 12, 1989 (age 25)
Moreno Valley, California, United States
Genres Pop, acoustic, rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, ukulele, drums
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Tori Kelly, The Gardiner Sisters, YOBi Marbella, Ryan Bandong, Gabe Bondoc, Jeremy Passion, Cathy Nguyen, Jenny Suk, Blush, Jesse Barrera
Website www.ajrafael.net

AJ Rafael (born March 12, 1989)[1] is an American musician of Filipino descent and an Internet celebrity. Originating from Moreno Valley, California, United States,[2] he is best known for his original songs "When We Say" and "We Could Happen".


In 2005, AJ Rafael auditioned for American Idol,[3] but never progressed to the later stages.

After American Idol, AJ started posting on YouTube in 2006, and has since gotten over 500,000 subscribers and over 115,000,000 hits.[4]

Some of his influences include Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, MYMP, The Beatles, John Legend and Bob Marley.[1] In 2011, he was nominated to be a part of Billboard's Battle of the Bands alongside Gentlemen Hall, Otenki, Hotels, Lightning Love and Side by Side.[5][6]

Charity "Music Speaks"

AJ is heavily involved in the charity Music Speaks and has run the annual autism benefit concert since 2006. Every year, Music Speaks has donated revenues to the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks.[7][8] Performers for these concerts include Jennifer Chung, Quest Crew, JR Aquino and Mike Isberto.[1][9]


AJ's full-length album, Red Roses, was released on June 7, 2011.[6] One of his songs, "Emma Watson", is about his eponymous celebrity crush.[10]

Juicebox EP[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Showstopper"   AJ Rafael 4:25
2. "When We Say (Juicebox)"   AJ Rafael 3:46
3. "I Just Want You"   AJ Rafael 4:07

Red Roses[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Here, Tonight (Intro)"   AJ Rafael 1:29
2. "Emma Watson"   AJ Rafael 3:38
3. "Red Roses"   AJ Rafael 3:25
4. "We Could Happen"   AJ Rafael 3:38
5. "Without You"   AJ Rafael 3:02
6. "Mess We've Made (Live) ft. Tori Kelly"   AJ Rafael, Tori Kelly 4:52
7. "Five Hundred Days"   AJ Rafael 4:27
8. "She Was Mine ft. Jesse Barrera"   AJ Rafael, Jesse Barrera 4:10
9. "When We Say (Acoustic) ft. Andrew de Torres"   AJ Rafael 4:21
10. "Starlit Nights"   AJ Rafael 4:11
11. "Here All Alone, pt. 3"   AJ Rafael 6:26

Beautiful Escape EP[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Here, Tonight"   AJ Rafael 2:54
2. "Matchmaker"   AJ Rafael 3:25
3. "Jetsetter"   AJ Rafael 5:07
4. "Beautiful Escape"   AJ Rafael 4.20
5. "Goodbye (Chatham Square)"   AJ Rafael 3.12


  • 2009: "My Soldier"
  • 2009: "I Just Want You"
  • 2011: "We Could Happen"
  • 2011: "Without You"
  • 2013: "Beautiful Escape"


  1. ^ a b c "A.J. Rafael - Biography". Let's Sing It. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  2. ^ "A.J. Rafael". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  3. ^ Paul Saitowitz (2010-06-17). "AJ Rafael Is a Big Deal On YouTube". Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  4. ^ "AJ's Youtube". Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  5. ^ Christina Luna. "AJ Rafael Jumps To #20 On Billboard's Uncharted (@AJRAFAEL #AJRAFAELBILLBOARDS)". Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Billboard's Battle of the Bands 2011". Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Q&A With AJ Rafael: The Revolution Will Be On YouTube". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  8. ^ channelAPA. "Music Speaks - APA". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  9. ^ "Music Speaks". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  10. ^ "My first full-length album preview! "Emma Watson" by AJ Rafael". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 

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