Scot Sax knows his way around a solid pop song.
The Philadelphia musician has been writing them for years, whether it was with his own bands Wanderlust and Feel, or as a purveyor of hits for singers like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. It was Sax, in fact, who co-wrote the country duo’s Grammy-winning smash “Like We Never Loved At All.” His catchy “I Am the Summertime,” penned while with the band Bachelor Number One, was featured in the blockbuster “American Pie.” And he’s netted countless TV credits, with song placements in shows like “Ghost Whisperer,” “NCIS,” “CSI: NY” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
Sax, whose formative influences include Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles, has been writing pop songs since he was 13.
“It was so easy. Everything else was difficult but that was easy,” he recalls. “I picked up a guitar and I don’t even remember learning more than two chords before I was putting songs together. I didn’t realize how kind of atypical that was until much later.”
When he catapulted into the spotlight with Wanderlust and its chart-topping single “I Walked” from the band’s 1995 RCA Records debut, “Prize,” it seemed his knack for crafting sterling power pop would only steer him to greater things. The band toured with Collective Soul and opened for The Who. When that fame proved fleeting, Sax found success writing for artists like Jason Mraz, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block and Jennifer Love-Hewitt through a publishing deal in Los Angeles. But he continued to record his own material. He would hit the charts again with his band Feel and the singles “Got Your Name On It” and “Won’t Stand In Your Way.” Later, his collaboration with CBS Records’ artist Sharon Little would result in a career highlight: being hand-picked to open for Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on the duo’s 2008 “Raising Sand” tour.
And now? Scot Sax IS Mr. Chocolate on his latest rock and roll album that feature’s Wilco-drummer Ken Coomer, Bob Dylan’s longtime live guitarist John Jackson and Phil D’Agostino.
A return to his glam roots and a salute to all that his hero, David Bowie, stood for. Taking chances.