Aki Starr is an internationally acclaimed singer, actor, dancer, songwriter, music producer, and radio personality. He started his entertainment career at 12 as a b-boy, dancing with the world-renowned b-boy crew that he actually founded, the Renegade Rockers.
Shifting his gears to the music industry, Aki teamed up with Sway (TRL, MTV) and King Tech as their singer on their album under Giant Records. The group had multiple songs that charted on Billboard and they shared stages with Boys 2 Men, KRS1, Digital Underground (Tupac), Paris, MC Hammer, Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy & more. Moving to Radio along with Sway & Tech, Aki was part of the original World Famous Wake Up Show, which has become the most successful simulcasted rap radio show in the United States.
Venturing off, Aki then became one half of the Warner Bros duo boy band Spanish Fly during the revolution of the genre of dance music known as Freestyle. The group had multiple Billboard charting hits and shared stages along with Selena, Aaliyah, Duran Duran, Usher, TLC, Brandy, Stevie B, Cover Girls, Cynthia, Johnny O, Sweet Sensation, and more. One of the groups highlights was performing at the Latin Billboard Music Awards in Miami shortly after the death of Selena and they got a chance to pay tribute to her and her family. Aki still currently performs as Spanish Fly, doing it solo now.
Eventually, Aki was recruited to be the lead singer of the Legendary Latin Rock band Malo, famous for their Lowrider Oldies anthem ‘Suavecito”. The band featured Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos, on lead guitar. During Aki’s tenure with Malo, he has toured globally along with Tower Of Power, War, Gene Chandler, Denise Williams, Ohio Players, Zapp, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Delfonics, GQ, Blue Magic, Billy Paul, The Moments, Bloodstone and more. Malo is working on new music which will feature Aki on lead on a few of the tracks.
Aki has also moonlighted as front man for the bands Foreverland (MJ Tribute band), Bueno (Christian Band), and Poprocknsoul Motown Revue (Impersonating and singing MJ). While working with Dwayne Wiggins at the House Of Music in Oakland as his Pro Tools Engineer, Aki also helped develop the career of superstar singer Kehlani and other local talent.
As an actor, Aki’s highlight was playing the lead role of Cesar Chavez, the iconic farm worker and Union Organizer in the highly acclaimed musical “Let The Eagle Fly”. Aki is currently working with Cannon Films on a couple of new movies, due out in 2019.
Aki’s radio career includes having worked for the Wake Up Show at KMEL (San Francisco), promotions at KYLD (San Francisco), PD at 92.7FM Freestyle Hits (Miami), APD at Power 107 (Miami), and MD/Operations manager & On Air Personality at Rhythm 105.9 FM (Sacramento).
Always working to perfect his craft, Aki has been coached vocally by Seth Riggs and Raz Kennedy. In addition to all of the above, he owns and runs his own recording studio above the legendary Club End Up in San Francisco. Aki loves mentoring and developing new talent and is always available for consultations and recordings.