New Music to Know: A Great Big World ‘Say Something’ With Help from Christina Aguilera
By Annie Reuter
When Ian Axel transferred to New York University his sophomore year, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find his musical soulmate. But that’s exactly what happened.
Axel met his future A Great Big World bandmate, Chad Vaccarino in a music publishing class. From the moment he saw him he was convinced that Vaccarino would be the one to help him finish a musical he was writing. But Vaccarino was too busy working on his own music to help him make Axel’s Broadway dreams come true. Of course, that didn’t stop Axel from following Vaccarino around campus in hopes to change his mind.
“I found him in one of the rooms and I made him listen to the music I was writing,” Axel told Radio.com.
Axel’s persistence paid off since Vaccarino instantly liked what he heard.
“I freaked out,” Vaccarino said. “Right after he started playing, immediately I was like, ‘Oh my God! What are you doing with your life? You should be singing these songs. You should be a solo artist. Don’t worry about it; I’ll take care of it.’”