Aaron-Carl Ragland

Also known as A. Carl, Aaron Carl, Aaron Carl Ragland, Aaron-Carl Ragland, AC, Arron Carl
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Discography of Aaron-Carl:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Down 4 Audio 1998-00-00 Metroplex
2 Dance Naked (Remixes) 3 Audio 2000-00-00 Kickin Records
3 My House (The Remixes) 3 Audio 2000-00-00 Ovum Recordings
4 Soldier 6 Audio 1999 SFP Records
5 Midnite Jams Vol. 1 3 Audio 1997-00-00 Soul City
6 My House 3 Audio 2000-00-00 Ovum Recordings
7 My House (DJ Dozia Remixes) 3 Audio 2000-00-00 Ovum Recordings
8 Crucified (Maas from Soma Remixes) 3 Audio 2000 Sirkus
9 Closer 3 Audio 1998 Wallshaker Music
10 Crucified 3 Audio 2000 Sirkus
11 Make Me Happy 2 Audio 1997-00-00 Soul City
12 Dance Naked 7 Audio 1999 SFP Records
13 Dance Naked 3 Audio 2000 Kickin Records
14 The Answer / Down 4 Audio 2002-12-04 Electrofunk Records
15 Uncloseted 16 Audio 2002 Wallshaker Music
16 My House 3 Audio 1998 Wallshaker Music
17 Wallshaker 3 Audio 1997 Soul City
18 Dance Naked 3 Audio 2000 Kickin Records
19 Crucified 3 Audio 1996-00-00 Soul City
20 Homoerotic 4 Audio 2003-05-00 Wallshaker Music
21 Sky 2 Audio 2003-04-00 New Icon Records
22 Switch 6 Audio 2003 Wallshaker Music
23 E:\ectro-bytes.exe v. 2.1 6 Audio 2003-08-00 Afrosyntrix
24 Dance Naked (The Remixes) 4 Audio 2000 Discomatic
25 Wash It / Down 3 Audio 1996-00-00 Ghetto Zone Records
26 21 Positions 6 Audio 2004-00-00 Motor City Electro Company
27 The Boot 5 Audio 2001 Wallshaker Music
28 Hateful 4 Audio 2004-10-21 Wallshaker Music
29 Hateful 5 Audio 2005-01-00 Wallshaker Music
30 Sky 2 Audio 2003 Wallshaker Music
31 Detrevolution 21 Audio 2005-10-10 Wallshaker Music
32 Tears 2 Audio 2006-02-01 Subject Detroit
33 Oasis 4 Audio 2008-05-00 Superb Entertainment Records
34 Motion 日本版 8 Audio 2008 Cherry Juice Recordings
35 Dance Naked (Remixes) 3 Audio 2000-00-00 Kickin Records
36 If There Is A Heaven Remixes Vol. 1 4 Audio 2008-10-00 Wallshaker Music
37 Electrevival 5 Audio 2008 Wallshaker Music
38 Bittersoulfulsweet: The Aaron-Carl Experience 17 Audio 2008-06-13 Wallshaker Music
39 Down 4 Audio 1998-00-00 Metroplex
40 Dance Naked 3 Audio 2000 Kickin Records
41 Bittersoulfulsweet: The Aaron-Carl Experience 18 Audio 2008-06-13 Wallshaker Music
42 Rain 4 Audio 2009 Wallshaker Music
43 Dance Naked (Remixes) 3 Audio 2000
44 If There Is A Heaven Remixes Vol. 1 4 Audio 2008 Wallshaker Music
45 Crucified (XDB Remixes) 3 Audio 2010-05-12 Millions Of Moments
46 4 Types Of People 4 Audio 2010-07-00 Wallshaker Music
47 Crucified (XDB Remixes) 3 Audio 2010-08-31 Millions Of Moments
48 Crucified (XDB Remixes) 3 Audio 2010-09-30 Millions Of Moments
49 Simply Remixes: Vol 1 5 Audio 2009-04-07 Wallshaker Music
50 Wallshaker 3 Audio 2010-11-12

(* 08/19/1973 in Detroit, USA; † 09/30/2010 in Detroit, USA)

His unique ability to cross over between styles like deep house, techno and hard-hitting electro-funk made Aaron-Carl one of the most interesting Detroit Electronic Music artists. It is impossible to pigeonhole, his discography features a variety of styles -- from soulful house cuts like [r=136423], [r=149007] and the Billboard-charting [r=110824] to ghetto tech anthems like [r=4598], "No No" and [r=309427].

Aaron-Carl released on various labels throughout the world; including [l=Rebirth], [l=Metroplex], [l=Subject Detroit], [l=Ovum Recordings], [l=ULM] and his own imprint, [l=Wallshaker Music]. He remixed some of Detroit's biggest techno artists, like [a=Underground Resistance], [a=Scan 7], [a=DJ Bone], [a=Aux 88] and [a=Kelli Hand]. In addition, he remixed various house, R&B and other mainstream artists, including [a=Dajae], [a=GusGus], [a=Manu Dibango], [a=N'Dambi] (with Keite Young) and [a=Kindred the Family Soul]; as well as writing and producing for legendary house artists, such as [a=CeCe Peniston] and [a=Michelle Weeks].

Starting in 1996, armed with little more than a keyboard and a four-track cassette recorder, his demo landed into the hands of "Mad" Mike Banks of Underground Resistance. Shortly after, Aaron-Carl was signed to the UR sub-label, Soul City. His first two records -- "Wash It" (featuring "Down") and "Crucified" were released simultaneously, instantly earning him a local and international following.

Mentored by Mike Banks, Aaron described the experience as similar to boot camp. "It wasn't enough for me to write great songs," he said. "Mike challenged me to make great RECORDS." Ron Murphy (NSC/Sound Enterprises, Detroit) taught him how to master his songs, helping Aaron establish his trademark "Wallshaker" beats. In 1998, Aaron-Carl launched his own label, Wallshaker Music. One of his first self-released singles, "My House," got licensed by Josh Wink's label, Ovum Recordings, and became Aaron's first Billboard Top 40 Dance/Club hit.

Aaron-Carl's music was showcased in various feature films -- most notably "Maestro," a house music documentary by Josell Ramos, which featured original tracks "Sky" and [r=1316909]. He also appeared in "The Godfather Chronicles -- The Ghetto Tech Sound of Detroit." His remix of rapper Johnny Dangerous' "Topsy Turvy" (in which he makes a cameo appearance) is featured in "Pick Up the Mic," a documentary by Alex Hinton.

Aaron-Carl was the founder and CEO of W.A.R.M.T.H. International Inc., a collective devoted to preserving the integrity of Detroit Electronic Music, and hosted a weekly internet radio show, "The W.A.R.M.T.H. Sessions."

Aaron-Carl was diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma) in late 2010 and passed away September 30th, 2010. He was a fighter, and is survived by his adopted son.

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