Ian Axel in 2014
|Born||March 28, 1985|
Fair Lawn, New Jersey, U.S.
|Associated acts||A Great Big World|
Ian Axel is an American singer and songwriter. 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 King, to form the duo band A Great Big World in 2012.
Axel grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He graduated from Fair Lawn High School (Class of 2003). He then moved to Manhattan, attending NYU. In 2006, Axel 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. Later it was featured as the theme song for the MTV documentary series I Used to Be Fat, which premiered December 29, 2010.
Axel'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. 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 King, began joining him on stage more frequently and in 2012 they formed the band A Great Big World.
He made his national television debut on the Rachael Ray show  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.”
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.". 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.
In January 2012 Axel and King were the musical guests at Amanda Stern's Happy Endings Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub On November 24, 2013, Axel performed at the American Music Awards with Christina Aguilera.
On January 31, 2013, "This Is The New Year" was the closing song on Glee's Season 4, Episode 12 titled "Naked".
Ian Axel also performed during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion show.
In May 2015, he announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend and dancer Lina Kent. The couple later married in April 2016.
In November 2016, Axel publicly announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child, a baby boy due to be born in May 2017.
- Solo releases
- 2007: I'm On to You EP
- 2011: This Is the New Year LP
- in band A Great Big World
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Axel, who grew up in Bergen County and graduated from Fair Lawn High School, isn’t a showy pianist. He doesn't take lengthy solos or call attention to his considerable technique.... Ian Axel, who grew up in Fair Lawn and Alameda County, makes his Bowery Ballroom debut on Tuesday.
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