Saxappeal

By Carita Miller

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Saxappeal's mission is to rekindle the flame between people and music; which is, unfortunately, flickering dim. His hopes are to touch people through his music, in ways they've yet to be touched. With focus, determination, positive energy, love, and a passion deeper than anything he can explain, he uses his horn to tell stories, state his opinions, and celebrate the gift of music through love.

Saxappeal: The name itself brings a new image to the music arena. The young saxophonist, born and raised in Detroit, has been playing since the age of 7. In fact, this young bird, barely able to stand on his own two feet, let alone fly solo, was pushed out of the nest (musically speaking), after a mere 6 months of playing his horn. Now, the extraordinary 35-year-old musician brings anxiety, joy, love, pain, passion, and so many more sensations to the stage while performing. Comfortably known as 'Sax', he has scoped out his flying territory and has set his sights high.

Saxappeal recently released his 3rd solo project, entitled "Black Gold", which peaked at #4 on the iTunes Top 100 Jazz Charts, and has surpassed 100,000 streams on Spotify in it's first 7 weeks of being released.

Saxophonist/educator/producer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Saxappeal continues to build his brand, as well as his style of music. As a co-founder of Jazz/Soul/R&B group Collective Peace, Saxappeal created compositions and arrangements of a high-energy live performance, as well as a critically acclaimed project entitled, "Introducing Collective Peace."

The album received the following accolades:

- "Introducing Collective Peace" peaked at #13 on the iTunes top 100 Jazz Chart with our first single, “Let The Music Play.”

- album (“Introducing Collective Peace”) peaked to #6 on iTunes Jazz Top Albums.

- album (“Introducing Collective Peace”) became the #1 Jazz album on Google Play for two consecutive weeks.

- received many top ratings from music sites and taste-makers, including Soul Train, Soul Bounce, BBC, Dusty Grooves, WDET’s Chris Campbell, and many many more.

- album received tons of spins overseas, in London, Amsterdam, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, and more.

- signed digital distribution deals with Bling Univercity, Evry Music, Sweet Soul Records, Urban Union, Expansion Records, Tower Records, Sound Signature, and more.

The group has disbanded as of late 2017.

Now a Grammy nominated recording artist, a 2014 Detroit Music Award nominee for entertainer of the year, and a 2013 Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20's" Award recipient, Michigan Chronicle's "40 under 40" Award recipient, and a "Who's Who in Black Detroit" Award recipient, this ambitious young artist has traveled from coast to coast, performing from intimate venues in Detroit, to sold out arenas in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Aruba, Dallas, Minnesota, Atlanta, New York, and Europe, just to name a few.His first trip to NewYork was to perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.


Saxappeal has also been performing with Granny Award winning artist, Dwele (also a Detroit native musician/singer/songwriter) since 2005. Saxappeal has also toured with R&B vocalist, K'Jon, France born duo Les Nubians, R&B legend Leon Ware, London's own powerhouse duo Floetry, Grammy nominated Indie-Soul artist, Eric Roberson, currently touring with keyboardist/producer Zo!, and Carmen Rodgers (of The Foreign Exchange), and is also currently touring with Charlie Wilson (11 time Grammy nominated vocalist, and former lead singer of The GAP Band), who's opening for Bruno Mars' XXIVk (24 karat) Magic Tour.

Saxappeal is also endorsed by PJLA Music's saxophone company, Sax Dakota (www.SaxDakota.com), Danté Neck Straps (www.dantestraps.com), Be Wooden Bow Ties (www.BeWooden.com), Harry Hartmann's Fiberreeds (www.Fiberreeds.com) Drake Mouthpieces. (www.drakemouthpieces.com), Applied Music Technology Microphones (www.http://www.appliedmicrophone.com) Gard Bags (www.gardbags.com), Silverstein Ligatures (http://www.silversteinworks. com), and Ultimate Ears (www.ultimateears.com). In efforts to form his own style, which he calls 'SaxSoul', Saxappeal's music is diverse with a blend of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and R & B. This young artist has truly been humbled by his opportunities and eagerly awaits more.


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I recently got a chance to catch up the him, this is a bit of our conversation:

CM: I noticed in your Instagram bio it says you’re a touring saxophonist for the legendary artist Charlie Wilson! How did that come about and how long have you been touring with him?

Sax: Yes ma’am! It’s actually a funny story; when I got the call to tour with him, I thought it was a prank call, because the phone call came from an 818 number, and you know Detroiters only answer numbers they know. Lol

So when I did answer the call, someone said “please hold for Charlie Wilson’s office”, and There Goes My Baby was playing as the hold music. That phone call happened back in January of 2017, and the rest is history.

CM: You’ve had a great amount of accomplishments, what advice would you give to up and coming young jazz artists?

Sax: My best advice to the up-and-coming jazz artists (or artists/creatives in general) is to never give up, no matter how many times you’ve heard “no.” That one “yes” can change your life forever.

CM: How did you get started on your musical journey?

Sax: I started playing saxophone was back in 1992, and was inspired by watching Lisa Simpson (from The Simpsons) playing. She was so dope to me, and I figured she’s 8, I’m 7... I can play for a year and sound like her?? Let’s go! (The logic of a 7 year old. Lol)

CM: What’s one of your most memorable tour moments?

Sax: One of my favorite and most memorable your moments was being able to meet and converse with Bruno Mars. He’s easily one of my favorites. He's really down to earth, and has ton of knowledge and experience that he’s willing to share. You don’t see that often with people of that caliber.

CM: Has it been hard being recognized as a notable jazz artist?

Sax: The journey has been a long one, but life’s a marathon, not a sprint, that was something I had to learn early on. I’ve also learned that it takes a little longer to make a good, hearty meal, versus whipping something up quick in the microwave. So I like to think of my music as Soul Food music, takes a little longer to brew up, but is well worth the wait.

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CM: Has the pressures of the music industry affected you in any way be it positive or negative?

Sax: The industry always has a way of forever shifting, so as a creative, you learn to ride the waves, because if you don’t, this industry will take you under. You have to be ready mentally, physically, emotionally, even spiritually for those changes.

As you can see, the world already knows about him so the next time you’re lucky enough see him live don’t hesitate.

Trust me you’ll thank me later...