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Can anyone sing gospel music? This part-Samoan, former YouTube heartthrob aims to find out

Alex Aiono, who grew up in the Mormon Church, has just released a new album, "The Gospel at 23." <span class="copyright">(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Alex Aiono, who grew up in the Mormon Church, has just released a new album, “The Gospel at 23.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In his song “Old AF,” Alex Aiono describes feeling, at age 23, as though he’s already “old as f—.”

“Some days I’m running out of breath / Some days I’m running out of time,” he sings in a moist, R&B-schooled croon. It’s an understandable admission from a young striver who’s done a bit of everything in show business, from viral YouTube videos to major-label pop singles to a gig hosting the Radio Disney Music Awards, since he came to Los Angeles a decade ago determined to become a star.

What’s surprising about “Old AF” is that the song isn’t a throbbing trap cut or a whiny piano ballad but an exuberant gospel number complete with a choir repeatedly setting off that F-bomb behind

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