Pierson Saxon is an Austin-based Blue-Eyed Soul/Country singer-songwriter. Think the buttery voice of Ray Charles on the traditional arrangements of his landmark album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, meets the folksy finger-picking of Townes Van Zandt. Pierson has been playing classical piano since the age of 5 years old. After studying classical for nearly a decade, Pierson pursued an interest in contemporary styles of music. He enlisted the help of renowned Dallas pianist, Julie Bonk, well known in Texas for teaching the inimitable Norah Jones. Julie nurtured Pierson’s knack for performance by letting him sit in on her set breaks at a weekly Sunday gospel brunch in east Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood at the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe. Julie acted as his musical mentor for nearly seven years and remained a huge influence on him as a songwriter and performer until he moved down to Austin at the age of 18 to pursue a career in original music.
Since then, Pierson has toured all over the U.S. and internationally both as a solo artist and an organ player in the up and coming Austin gospel-rock group, Dr. Joe. Pierson can be found playing all over Austin and the rest of Texas on a regular basis. His unique sound draws influence from Bill Withers, Eric Burdon & War, Burt Bacharach and Glen Campbell.