LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson
“Before I experienced a Silverstein Works ligature, I had no idea that the ligature could effect my instruments tonality. Now, the tone of my saxophone is rich, accurate, precise, clean, and bold! It’s like someone gave a public speaker a megaphone!” -Saxappeal™
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 29-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. Now a Grammy nominated recording artist, a 2014 Detroit Music Award nominee for entertainer of the year, 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” 2013/2014 Award recipient, this ambitious young artist has traveled from coast to coast, performing from intimate venues in Detroit, to large scale events in Chicago, Phoenix, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Indiana, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Europe, just to name a few. His first trip to New York 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 is also currently touring with R & B artist, K’Jon, keyboardist/producer Zo! (of The Foreign Exchange) singer/songwriter Carmen Rodgers, and Grammy nominated IndieSoul artist, Eric Roberson, and endorsed by PJLA Music’s saxophone company, Sax Dakota (www.SaxDakota.com), NovaBrown Brand accessories (www.NovaBrown.com) , Harry Hartmann’s Fiberreeds (www.Fiberreeds.com) Drake Mouthpieces, (www.drakemouthpieces.com), Be Wooden (www.bewooden.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.