Who: Ian Axel
Video: 'This Is the New Year'
Hails From: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
For Fans Of: Ben Folds, Ben Kweller

Why He's About to Pop: You may not recognize Ian Axel's face just yet, but if you're an avid TV watcher, chances are you've heard his song 'This Is the New Year.' The talented young singer-songwriter got the kind of big break musicians can only dream of when he was contacted by producers at MTV interested his using his inspiring tune as the theme for their new show 'I Used to Be Fat.' Now every week, viewers get a taste of Axel's charming piano-pop sound (and those so inclined can hear even more on his recently released album, also titled 'This Is the New Year').

Axel recently treated the PopEater staff to an intimate performance during a visit to our New York office. Read our interview with Axel and have a look at photos from his visit below.