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Aaron Hanania is a social media influencer, musician, author and podcaster. 

At the age of three, Hanania picked up a pair of drum sticks at a local music store. He instantly fell in love with the drums. Shortly thereafter, his family bought him a vintage drum set which he has to this day. He would spend the next 15+ years mastering the drums, winning multiple talent contests along the way.

After his Bar Mitzvah in 2014, he purchased a left handed guitar. It sat collecting dust for over four years until October of 2018 when he began to teach himself how to play the guitar. He started by learning John Denver’s song, “Country Roads.” Within a month, Hanania had taught himself how to play and write songs on the guitar. 

By that summer, he released his first album, Deep Space, onto all streaming platforms. That was a turning point in his musical career. He describes that album as, “dipping my feet into the water.” He explains to audiences that his album is, “far from perfect, but it’s amazing to see how far one progresses and learns over time.” That same summer, Hanania participated in the Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest annual book fair in the United States. He had the opportunity to interact and network with various authors and book readers. He also signed and sold many copies of his novel, ‘The King’s Pawn.’

By December of 2019, Hanania had released three singles onto music platforms, one of which would end up being used in over 200 videos on tiktok. 

The following month, Hanania shared his first video on the popular app TikTok after his peers mentioned that he should post content on the app.

“Everyone told me I should post on tiktok and I kept putting them off until one day I decided to see what all of the hype was about. It is safe to say to that the decision to post on tiktok changed my life.”

 

Aaron Hanania interviewing Cubs First baseman Anthony Rizzo in 2015
Aaron Hanania interviewing Cubs First baseman Anthony Rizzo in 2015

By April, Hanania passed the 4,000 follower mark on TikTok and by the end of 2020, he had over 25,000 followers on the app. He used the global pandemic as an opportunity to spread positivity and share his motivational thoughts with his audience. 

In March of 2021, he publicly released his newest project: the ‘It’s Not So Late Show.’ He invites various guests to share their stories and experiences. He has featured individuals such as Tony Ricca, Lizzy O’Very, Ron Jackson and many others. Hanania’s long-term goal with the show is to land a prime time slot on television. 

 

Aaron interviewing Super Bowl Champ Michael Schofield
Aaron interviewing Super Bowl Champ Michael Schofield

“The ultimate goal of the show is to put the spotlight on amazing people who are doing amazing things in the world. Mass media such as mainstream talk shows neglect to showcase everyday heroes. My goal is to fill that gap and that’s why I created the show. It’s going to be an incredible journey,” Hanania shared.

In addition to hosting a show, Hanania also began streaming on YouNow, a live streaming app, in April of 2021. He enjoys interacting with his audience as much as he can during his daily live streams.

 

Aaron Hanania interviewing Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J.Madigan.
Aaron Hanania interviewing Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J.Madigan.

“I felt that doing daily live streams on YouNow is a great way to interact with my audience. They are the reason I’m where I am, so I love to give back and show my appreciation for them,” Hanania shared.

Hanania is obtaining a bachelors degree in environmental science with minors in creative writing, and geology.

He aspires to work to reduce the levels of pollution in ocean ecosystems world wide. 

Aaron has done a series of interviews with dozens of celebrities in sports, politics and entertainment. 

 

Aaron with former President Ronald Reagan's Secret Service agent and late Orland Park Village pOlice Chief Tim McCarthy who was wounded in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981.
Aaron with former President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service agent and late Orland Park Village pOlice Chief Tim McCarthy who was wounded in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981.

 

Aaron with Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White
Aaron with Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White

 

Aaron Interviews the Son of Svengoolie Rich Koz
Aaron Interviews the Son of Svengoolie Rich Koz

 

Aaron with Bears football player Dan Hampton
Aaron with Bears football player Dan Hampton

 

Aaron with Chris Kennedy
Aaron with Chris Kennedy
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