In the past few years Jace has been heard more and more as his material is being covered by an ever increasing number of bands.
His newest project, Perspective, can be found exclusively at Jace’s web site, jacemusic.com, along with everything he has recorded to date as well as info on other bands who have recorded his material.
And having bands record his material is what Jace says he strives for. “When I was 14 and discovered Diane Warren it was the first time I realized that a person could write songs for bands/artists for a living. I never thought that writing songs could be a ‘job’. From that point on, all I wanted to do was write and get my songs in the hands of great singers, musicians, and producers…to make my living with music.”
In 2000 Jace did in fact begin to make his living with music. Jace became a full time musician at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and remained there for eight years. He spent most of that time learning about music (what makes songs resonate with people; how to arrange songs to keep them interesting; what people respond to; how to voice chords to make them fit). Jace had the benefit of a job that required him to pull apart the most popular songs of the past 60 years and learn how to deliver them to his audience. The result is a knack for hooky, engaging, and succinct songwriting.
In 2005 Jace released his first CD, Stolen Season. Jace states, “It was mostly meant to be a vehicle for the writing; a way to get the songs out there for people to hear and hopefully want to cover. Technology had progressed to a point where I could make a CD in my closet and afford to get it distributed. The whole point, though, was to generate some interest in the writing; in the songs.”
One person to take note of Jace’s writing was John Kivel, owner of Kivel Records. John responded to the material on Stolen Season and shared Jace’s interest in having bands cover his songs. To date Jace has written material on five Kivel releases. He also wrote over a third of the material on FARCRY’s heralded debut album, High Gear. John Kivel sums up Jace’s work this way, “If Jace Pawlak wrote his name on a piece of paper and handed it to you, that piece of paper would be the greatest song in the world.”
In 2010 Jace, along with his father, Dennis, and brother, Trevor, released a hard rock album under the moniker Kindred Saint. This self titled album is a collection of tunes written by Dennis and features dual lead vocals, stacks of harmonies, and solid guitar-driven songs with a 70s flavor. It is hard rock in the vein of Kiss, Sammy Hagar, and Foreigner. Jace states, “I am so proud of the Kindred Saint CD. We always wanted to record an album as a family. I grew up with my dad’s songs. I heard some of that material when I was 5 years old. It was amazing for me to record those tunes with my dad and brother and give them new life and get them out there in the world for people to hear.” Kindred Saint is currently working on new material to follow up their debut album.
In 2011 Jace, once again joined by Dennis and Trevor, released his self penned melodic rock CD, Chasing Magic. Chasing Magic is a collection of tunes inspired by the music Jace grew up loving. Heavily influenced by Night Ranger, Journey, Def Leppard and the like, the CD is full of soaring harmonies, tasty guitar, and catchy hooks.
In his review of Chasing Magic, Andrew McNeice of melodicrock.com labeled Jace “one of the most deserving guys in the business.”
Johnny G from The Melodic Buzz wrote, “With Chasing Magic, Jace has delivered a musical work of art.”
Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine stated, “Jace Pawlak is one of the most under rated singer/songwriters in the world of AOR at this very moment.”
And Paul Nichols at ARFM added, “Chasing Magic is a slab of the finest Melodic Rock these ears have heard in a very long time.”
The album also contains Jace’s own version of his most popular song, “Fine Line”.
Currently, Jace is focused on his newest project, Perspective. When asked about what can be expected, Jace responds, “Most people know me for my Melodic Rock writing, but I have a great deal more material that people have never heard that is more stripped down and, I believe, deeper . I am inspired and influenced by many artists and writers. James Taylor is amazing. Emily Saliers is a brilliant lyricist. Richard Marx is far more talented than he gets credit for. I have a stack of songs I have written that I could never find a home for, things that just would not flow in the context of the CDs I have done. Some songs are just me and a piano; some songs have a slight country feel. So rather than just continue to wait for the ‘perfect’ project to come along to find a place for these songs, I’m just going to set them loose one at a time as I finish them. I think much of the material that is going to be included in Perspective may surprise people. I will always primarily write hooky rock tunes. But as a writer, I need to express myself in every way that appeals to me, and Perspective gives me a chance to put different sides of myself out there so I’m not just doing the same thing over and over.”
Jace will continue to write and record his own material, but his main objective remains getting his songs heard by as many people as possible; to be a writer for or with bands that share a connection.
“Like every writer, I just want to be heard. When I release my recordings I’m not ‘done,’ it’s just another step in trying to be a successful songwriter; to get people to consider my material for their band. It does not end with me. I want every song I write to be covered by ten different bands!”