John Paciga started playing piano at the age of four, singing at the age of eleven, and writing his own songs at the age of thirteen. Ironically, he hated piano lessons when he first began playing, but with encouragement from his family, he kept at it, and it's all history from there. Since he started his collaboration with producer, guitarist, and long-time friend, Kyle Frey, he's written, recorded, and released three full-length albums, Still Got Me (2020), No Alibi (2018), and Other Side of Town (2017). Accompanying John and Kyle on these records are bassist Brett Frey and drummer Adam Dorfman. After John's early hit "Tickling the Ivories" put him on the map, each subsequent project has been a testament to his growth as a vocalist, pianist, and wordsmith. Today, he's still pursuing a career as a songwriter, musician, and performer, operating out of his dorm room at Yale.
John attended National YoungArts Week in January 2018 as a Finalist in the Voice/Singer-Songwriter category and gave a memorable performance of the title track from Other Side of Town, at the New World Center in Miami. He also attended GRAMMY Camp New York as a songwriter in the summer of 2016. Taking these once-in-a-lifetime experiences and lessons learned from countless hours of writing and recording, John's third album is by far his most creative and ambitious offering yet.
John is the current music director of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group. He'll be touring all over the country and around the world with the group this coming year! Throughout his third year at Yale, John also managed the recording and editing process for an EP by the Spizzwinks(?), his underclassmen a cappella group. He's looking forward to the release of the EP in August and to singing
in-person with all of the Whiffenpoofs for the first time this fall!
John has had type 1 diabetes for 10 years. Learning to cope and adjust to the condition can be difficult and scary, so he hopes to be an inspiration to youths everywhere who are also type 1. John believes that life with diabetes has actually made him a much stronger person than he would have become otherwise. Type 1 doesn’t have to make you feel alone or afraid; when you realize you're not alone in the fight, you can embrace it as a source of individuality and empowerment, and it becomes a force that will help you overcome even greater difficulties that lie ahead.