I happened to stumble across the name JP Saxe on YouTube the other day, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did. Out of sheer accident, I clicked on a video of JP performing an original song called ‘Slow Your Fists’. I am not lying when I say I re-played this track five times while sitting at work (clearly not getting any work done).
I then discovered a slew of original and cover songs from this talented up-and-comer, each blowing me away. He is somewhat of a lyrical genius, if you ask me; he has such creativity and passion that it is hard to not fall in love with this handsome 20-year-old from Toronto.
After doing some research, I discovered that JP was the keyboardist for a Toronto reggae-rock group, Down by Riverside, and was a founding member of the Toronto pop trio, Trading Hearts. He has collaborated with such artists as Devine Brown, Kai, Nikki Yanofsky, Slakah the Beatchild, George Nozuka, and Jesse Giddings.
JP has just released his first EP, Acoustic, and is working/perfecting his album this summer. His song, ‘Lots to Learn’, is a perfect example how much personal emotion he puts into each of his songs. This song pulls at your heart strings, leaving you almost breathless. The piano drifting effortlessly throughout the song truly makes this track beautiful. My favourite song on JP’s EP is called ‘Litte Hands’; this song is a bit more upbeat with a great acoustic guitar accompanying JP’s warm, soulful voice.
Some are comparing his style to John Lennon, Chris Martin, and Paul Simon; I personally hear a hint of John Legend. His voice draws you in and embraces you; I am literally left in a trance after hearing one of his songs. JP Saxe is a name to watch out for this year, his talent is undeniable and definitely playlist worthy!