Ian Axel

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Ian Axel
Ian Axel.jpg
Ian Axel in 2010.
Background information
Born(1985-03-28) March 28, 1985 (age 28)
Fair Lawn, New Jersey, U.S.
Genrespop, chamber pop
OccupationsSinger-Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, ukulele
Years active2006–present
Associated actsA Great Big World
Websiteianaxel.com
 
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Ian Axel
Ian Axel.jpg
Ian Axel in 2010.
Background information
Born(1985-03-28) March 28, 1985 (age 28)
Fair Lawn, New Jersey, U.S.
Genrespop, chamber pop
OccupationsSinger-Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, ukulele
Years active2006–present
Associated actsA Great Big World
Websiteianaxel.com

Ian Axel is an American singer and composer. After becoming well-known with his song "This Is The New Year", he developed a solo career, eventually joining forces with long-time writing partner, Chad Vaccarino, to form the duo band A Great Big World in 2012.

Career[edit]

Axel performing at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

Axel grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey attending Fair Lawn High School.[1] He moved to Manhattan attending NYU. In 2006, Ian began performing publicly as a solo act. His song “This Is The New Year” became well-known originally when iTunes selected it as a Discovery Download and for its video on YouTube.[2] Later it was featured as the theme song for the MTV documentary series I Used to Be Fat,[3] which premiered December 29, 2010.[4]

Ian's album, named after the title single, was initially released in 2010 as a self-release, then released a second time in partnership with tinyOGRE Entertainment.[5] The tinyOGRE version was released digitally on February 15, 2011 and on CD on April 12, 2011. Later "This Is The New Year" {was used in the opening sequence of Garry Marshall's film New Year's Eve. The partnership with tinyOGRE ended when the company dissolved in December 2011.

In 2010, Axel's long-time writing partner, Chad Vaccarino, began joining him on stage more frequently and in 2012 they formed the band A Great Big World.

Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino at Bowery Ballroom May 2011

Axel's primary instrument is the piano. He is also known for playing a number of songs on the ukulele.

Notable appearances[edit]

He made his national television debut on the Rachael Ray show [6] and NPR said in their Song of the Day feature that he had “a voice that possesses the sweetness of youth, the stubbornness of a teenager and the swagger of a rock star.”.[7]

In April 2011, the song "Gone" was featured prominently in Episode 19 of Season 8 of "One Tree Hill", titled "Where Not to Look for Freedom.".[8] As part of Tom's Shoes "One Day Without Shoes" campaign to raise awareness for children's poverty, Ian Axel performed two songs live on an advertorial website created in cooperation with La Blogotheque.[9]

In July 2011 Axel opened for Five for Fighting at the Alive at Five Concert Series in Stamford, Connecticut.

In August 2011 Axel and Vaccarino opened for Matthew Morrison at the Beacon Theatre.

In January 2012 Axel and Vaccarino were the musical guests at Amanda Stern's Happy Endings Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub[10] On November 24 2013, Axel performed at the American Music Awards with Christina Aguilera.

Ian Axel also performed during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion show.

Discography[edit]

Solo releases
in band A Great Big World

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