2021 SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR | JP Saxe | | The JUNO Awards

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter JP Saxe is a soulful performer who makes yearning, R&B-influenced pop. A native of Toronto, Canada, Saxe grew up in a creative family as the grandson of award-winning Hungarian-born cellist Janos Starker. Inspired by his grandfather, Saxe initially studied the cello as a teenager. Later, after discovering jazz and R&B, he switched to the piano and guitar, and began writing his own songs. By the time he was in his twenties, he was performing weekly in Toronto and posting his songs online. He caught the attention of producers in California, who invited him to record some of his material, an invitation that resulted in Saxe relocating to Los Angeles. In 2017, he released his debut single, “Changed,” followed by “Anybody Else.” The single “The Few Things” appeared in 2018, with “Same Room” and “If the World Was Ending,” the latter of which featured Julia Michaels and reached the Billboard Hot 100, arriving in 2019.