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Private Concert with Grammy Nominated JP Saxe & Wine Dinner
August 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket Price: $200
Location: Epoch Estate Wines’ Tasting Room
7505 York Mountain Rd., Templeton CA
Join us for a night of music, wine, and dinner! Epoch Estate Wines is hosting Grammy nominated JP Saxe to play a private concert following a curated dinner with some of our top selling wines. Tickets are limited.
Included in your ticket:
-Welcome cocktail hour with Epoch Rosé
-One glass of an Epoch wine of your choice with dinner
-Dinner by Field to Table catering
-Admission to concert
-Meet & Greet with JP Saxe
Additional wine will be available for purchase. Note: As this event is outdoors, please be sure to check the weather before you come and dress accordingly.
About the Artist
JP Saxe has always invited the world to eavesdrop on his internal dialogue. The GRAMMY®Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist transforms his innermost thoughts into eloquent and engaging pop, underscored by unfiltered songwriting and cinematic production. He opens up like never before on his 2021 full-length debut album, Dangerous Levels of Introspection[Arista Records].“My favorite music has always been the songs that make me feel closer to myself, and I want to make that kind of music,” he observes. “In order to do that, I have tobeas close to myself as possible when I write these songs. So, it feels like you get to hear what I’m thinking. There’s no pretense or bullshit. I was as uncompromising as I could possibly be with this album to make sure I really meant everything I was saying about myself and my world.” That world has always revolved around music. Among his earliest memories, JP recalls New Year’s Eve parties where he watched his grandfather and master cellist János Starker plays codas and sonatas with friends. János notably received a 1997 GRAMMY®Award in the category of “Best Instrumental Solo Performance.” He also indelibly influenced his grandson. JP went from “a jazz dork”obsessed with Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis to falling in love with songwriting via Frank Ocean, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Neil Young. After quitting piano as a little kid, he picked it up again in order to accompany his own vocals. Pursuing a career in music, he jokes his big break was “more like a series of cracks.” Relocating from Toronto to Los Angeles, he regularly performed at Da Poetry Lounge, opting to sing acapella. Through the community at the Lounge, he met producer Khris Riddick-Tynes and wound up in songwriting sessions under Babyface.Following nearly two years in the studio, he came to a realization. “I was sitting at the piano and started writing ‘The Few Things’,” he remembers. “They asked me to come into another room and write for a different artist, but I was like, ‘No, I have to finish this idea’. It’s a small moment, but it represented the shift in me wantingto tell my own stories.” In 2018, “The Few Things” gained traction independently. During a New York gig, he caught the attention of Arista Records C.E.O. David Massey and signed to the label. After years of grinding, JP unassumingly crafted the soundtrackto this generation’s most uncertain moment with “If The World Was Ending” [feat. Julia Michaels]. Produced by six-time GRAMMY®Award winner FINNEAS, the emotionally charged duet picked up a platinum plaque in the United States, went quadruple-platinum in Canada, generated over one billion-plus streams, and received a 2021 GRAMMY®Award nomination in the category of “Song of the Year.”It also set the stage for his Hold It Together EP. In its wake, Time praised JP’s “tender, heart-on-your-sleeve way that turns his acoustic ballads into gently crushing conversations.”Captivating audiences worldwide, he performed on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly & Ryan, and The Late Late Show With James Corden. At the same time, further praise came from Vulture, People, Rolling Stone, Billboardand many more.Throughout this whirlwind, he assembled Dangerous Levels of Introspection.“I learned to listen to my instincts,” he says. “As an artist, if you’re aiming for anyone else’s taste, you’re fucked. I’m a fan of music like anybody else is. I just had to trust my own taste above all.” He initially teased out the album with “Line By Line” [feat. Maren Morris], amassing over 30 million total streams in under a few months. On the single “Like That” co-written with frequent collaborator and girlfriend Julia Michaels, clean guitar wraps around a steady beat as his vocals alternate between delicate verses and a heartwarmingly hypnotic hook.“It was actually the last song written for the album,” he explains. “Julia and I spent a week at the Woodshed in Malibu. It’s funny to write a love song with the person you’re writing it about. There are two primary emotions in ‘Like That.’ I’m acknowledging I won’t ever let her feel the fear of abandonment anymore. I’m also acknowledging my fear of letting someone love me in the places where I feel imperfect.”On its heels, “More Of You” details the first moment you meet somebody who redefines your definition of love. “It’s like a fucking portal opens toa whole new world of emotion,”he smiles. “That’s how the beginning of our relationship felt.”The intimate “4:30 in Toronto” opens the album with a vulnerable crescendo of emotion as he ponders “two things that used to feel like home just not anymore, a person and a place.”On the other end of the spectrum, he collaborated with the legendary Mike Elizondo and prolific songwriter Audra Mae to bring the finale “Sing Myself To Sleep” to life. He pens a heartfelt tribute to his late mother over acoustic instrumentation. “My mom died in January 2020, and I knew it would be healing to write about it,” he admits. “‘Sing Myself To Sleep’was actually from journals I had collected over the prior year.”In the end, JP Saxe might just bring you closer to yourself with Dangerous Levels of Introspection.“A lot of this record came from me accessing parts of who I am that scare me a little bit,” he leaves off. “In doing so, I’m closer to myself. At the end of the day, my best case scenario is that it does that for you a little bit too, cause’ I think it’s our curiosity about the nuances of what it means to be ourselves that makes life the most beautiful.”
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