• Band / Solo Performer
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Soul, Jazz, R&B, SaxSoul


Detrroit MI United States

Sounds Like

Kenny Garrett, Dwele, Jill Scott, Earth, Wind, & Fire, & many other artists.

Digital Location


Member since: 04/12/2012 Year Founded: 2003


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Kristopher Crosby


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LaDarrel Johnson




  • Original material: 00 hrs : 45 min
  • Cover material: 00 hrs : 30 min
  • CDs released: 2
  • CDs sold: 2800
  • Digital songs sold: 2200
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 350
  • Largest crowd: 600
  • Have sound: No PA


Saxappeal's mission is to rekindle the flame between people and music; which is, unfortunately, flickering dim. His hopes are to touch people through his music, in ways they've yet to be touched. With focus, determination, positive energy, love, and a passion deeper than anything he can explain, he uses his horn to tell stories, state his opinions, and celebrate the gift of music through love.

Saxappeal: The name itself brings a new image to the music arena. The young saxophonist, born and raised in Detroit, has been playing since the age of 7. In fact, this young bird, barely able to stand on his own two feet, let alone fly solo, was pushed out of the nest (musically speaking), after a mere 6 months of playing his horn. Now, the extraordinary 27-year-old musician brings anxiety, joy, love, pain, passion, and so many more sensations to the stage while performing. Comfortably known as 'Sax', he has scoped out his flying territory and has set his sights high.

Now a Grammy nominated recording artist, and a 2013 Crain's Detroit Business "Twenty in their 20's" Award winner, this ambitious young artist has traveled from coast to coast, performing from intimate venues in Detroit, to large scale events in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Europe, just to name a few. His first to New
York was to perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.
Saxappeal has also been performing with Koch Records recording
artist, Dwele (also a Detroit native musician) since 2005. Saxappeal is currently touring with R & B artist, K'Jon, and Grammy nominated Indie-Soul artist, Eric Roberson,
and endorsed by sax company, Sax Dakota (, NovaBrown Brand accessories (
Cintron Energy Drink (, & Drake Mouthpieces. ( In efforts to form his own style,
which he calls 'SaxSoul', Saxappeal's music is diverse with a blend of
jazz, hip-hop, soul, and R & B. This young artist has truly been
humbled by his opportunities and eagerly awaits more.

Crain's Detroit Business

April 28, 2013
Maureen McDonald

"Johnson recently secured endorsements from Cintron Energy Drink, Sax Dakota, Drake mouthpieces and Harry Hartman's fiber reeds. This means he can get instruments at a discounted price and he is cited as an expert saxophone player and a valued client by the family of companies."

"Drake welcomes Saxappeal to the Drake family!"

February 16, 2013
Aaron Drake

"Aaron Drake is on to something good with this design! When I first experienced this, I was blown away. I could definitely tell hard work & dedication was put into this mouthpiece. After speaking with Aaron Drake, I knew then that they were indeed. "

Distinguished Detroit

February 23, 2012
Lili Sheree

"he musicianship, stage presence and overall sound of the band didn’t go unnoticed in my book and I’m looking forward to hearing much more from both extraordinary artists!"

B.L.A.C. Magazine

September 09, 2011
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Nadir Omowale


"It's everything," Saxappeal beams. "There's classical music on it. There's spoken word. There's hip hop. There's jazz. There's R&B... It's just a mix of everything, but it's all in good taste. So once you put all these great ingredients together, it just tastes like good jambalaya to me."

"Introducing Saxappeal.."

January 10, 2011

"Saxappeal’s music is diverse with a blend of jazz, hip-hop, soul and R&B. This young artist has truly been humbled by his opportunities and eagerly awaits more."

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