Ian Axel is an American singer and songwriter. After becoming well-known with his song "This Is the New Year", he developed a solo career, eventually joining forces with long-time writing partner, Chad King, to form the duo band A Great Big World in Axel grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. In , Axel began performing publicly as a solo act. Axel's album, named after the title single, was initially released in as a self-release, then released a second time in partnership with tinyOGRE Entertainment. In , Axel's long-time writing partner, Chad King, began joining him on stage more frequently and in they formed the band A Great Big World.
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A Great Big World's Chad King opened up about the experience of working on the pop-rock duo's new single, "Hold Each Other," which is a love song featuring lyrics performed by a man to another man. Even though he's been out for about eight years, King told HuffPost Live this week that co-writing the song with A Great Big World 's other half, Ian Axel, was very much a personal challenge. King admitted that his struggles may have been indicative of internalized homophobia, brought on by growing up in an environment where he felt like he didn't fit in. Both King and Axel, who is straight, hope that "Hold Each Other" encourages other out performers like Sam Smith to be more gender-specific in their songwriting. Also in the interview, Axel recalled the moment that King first came out to him as gay, and said, "For the next few days, you had a smile on your face constantly.
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Looking for a universal theme, he decided to write about one of the four elements air, earth, water, fire. The Righteous Brothers recorded it in , and their version was resurrected in the movie Ghost. Thomas Dolby wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct the video, which was inspired by silent films and set in a "home for deranged scientists. Some hilarious "performances. Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine?
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