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Hexum lists his influences as including Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, and Jeff Buckley. Hexum plays both guitar and saxophone. In February 1999, he was in the rotation on WMUR in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hexum’s debut, The Story So Far, was released in 2004 on What Have You Records, the imprint of Nick Hexum’s (311) label. The Story So Far was produced by Don Gehman (R.E.M., Bruce Hornsby, John Mellencamp, Pat Green). Hexum also did a soft launch of an EP, Realistic Fantasy, in late 2005, which is currently available at live shows and through his website. In early 2006, “How Many Times,” from Hexum’s full-length release, caught the attention of music execs at Apple Computer, who made it the iTunes Single of the Week.
Hexum graduated from the University of North Texas in 2000, where he studied jazz and performed with the One O'Clock Lab Band. He then moved to New York City to study saxophone, and lived there for two years before moving to Los Angeles. Hexum has recently played saxophone for Michael Bublé and Dredg.
Hexum has toured with both 311 and Tears for Fears. He has also put together a residency at Hotel Café in Los Angeles called the “Zack Hexum Couples Skate,” where he pairs himself with another emerging artist every Tuesday.
Zack Hexum's accompanied Drake Bell during his 2007,2008 and 2009 Summer Tour on keyboards, saxophone, guitar, and background vocals. Hexum's album Open To Close was released December 3, 2007, mixed by Mark Dearnley.
Zack also used to write and perform with folk-jazz singer Jessie Baylin.
- Introducing Zack Hexum... (1998)
- Overground - What Happens Now (2001)
- The Story So Far (2004)
- Open To Close (2007)