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 two full-length albums, Other Side of Town (2017) and No Alibi (2018), as well as an EP, Gotta Play (2016). 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 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 upcoming third album promises to be his most creative and ambitious offering yet.
John is the music director of the Yale Spizzwinks(?), the world's oldest underclassmen a cappella group. With the Spizzwinks(?), he has toured across the country and all over the world to destinations such as Reykjavík, Iceland, Beijing, China, Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, and Hong Kong. As John leads the group in writing new arrangements and prepares his fellow 'Winks for their end of year Jam, he looks forward to the group's summer tour in Europe and New Zealand.
John has had type 1 diabetes for more than eight 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 small or marginalized; 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.