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 collaborating 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 apartment 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.
Last year, John was the musical director of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group. The group traveled to sixteen countries and nearly every major American city over twelve months of touring, and John is currently heading up the creation of the group's annual studio album. He's also working on writing an original musical called Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too, which is set to premiere on Yale's campus in the spring. And rumor has it that he might be releasing new music soon... stay tuned!