Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino focus on composing earnest, high-energy pieces, reinforcing themes of social connection. Last year Axel released his debut album, This is the New Year. The homemade music video for the title track garnered over one million hits on YouTube and later appeared in Garry Marshall's film New Year's Eve. Now known as Ian and Chad, the duo recently completed their first national tours, including dates opening for Ingrid Michaelson and Glee star Matthew Morrison, presenting their warm and intimate style to audiences across the country. Both Axel and Vaccarino are graduates of New York University with degrees in music.