@lisamurkowski wow. I'm honored by this tweet. Thanks Senator Murkowski! :)— JR Aquino (@JRAquino) September 19, 2012
According to the Alaska Dispatch, Aquino also was a contestant on "The Voice" competitor "American Idol" in 2005. In a segment prior to his audition on "The Voice," Aquino explained that there is a very small music scene in Anchorage, Alaska, and he turned to YouTube to be heard. He became a YouTube sensation, with his videos racking up over 50 million views.