Saverio Principini, also known as Sage , is a multi platinum producer and songwriter originally from Rome, Italy. As songwriter he has 5 number one hits in Italy with mega star Vasco Rossi. He’s been active in the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades.
Saverio started his career with the nickname Shining as a bass player for cult metal band Astaroth with whom he toured across Europe and recorded a 4 song EP on Rave-on Records, better known for having discovered King Diamond’s Mercyful Fate.
Eventually he moved to California where, after playing with various local acts, he founded Word who caught the attention of Virgin Records and ended up recording an album for Virgin Italy, “Dentro il Giardino” backing up Italian rock star Alberto Fortis.
Once this project was over Saverio dedicated himself fully in production and songwriting participating in several mile stones of Italian music, in fact artist such as Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Jovanotti, Piero Pelu’, Franco Battiato, Adriano Celentano and many others have used Saverio’s skills to record their albums in Los Angeles for many years now.
Fluent in Italian, English and Spanish he has arranged , produced and written with stars from all parts of the world, Diego Torres, Divididos, Myriam Hernandez, Gino Vannelli, Filippa Giordano just to name a few. Saverio has produced the vocal sessions of Leona Lewis on her duet with Italian Star Biagio Antonacci which debuted at number 1 in Italy.
He created international collaboration with Steve Vai and Eros Ramazzotti, Slash and Vasco Rossi, he has collaborated with Grammy winners producers such has Pat Leonard, John Shanks, Doyle Bramhall II, Humberto Gatica, he has written Songs with Gino Vannelli for his classical album Canto on BMG, produced and written a number of jingles for the Italian version of many successful cartoons of the Fox Family Network, and has produced the music for THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS The Search for the Next… which premeried on the CW Network and Re-broadcasted with MTV Worldwide.
With his song Funny Game he was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Country Category in the 2002 edition. Magazines worldwide have enthusiastically reviewed soul singer Amana Melome’s debut album Indigo Red that Saverio fully co-wrote and produced.
He also co-produced 3 songs for Grammy Winner Italian star Laura Pausini on her multi million seller album “Yo Canto”.
In 2007 he wrote a short Musical for the presentation in Tuscany of the new venture of historical wine makers Frescobaldi and Mondavi which was performed in front of an elite crowd in a villa designed by Michelangelo himself!
In 2008 Saverio co-wrote the title track for Sony-ATV feature film “The Lodger” sung by Opera singer Sasha Lazard. The song called “Di Notte” was chosen by Sony to be considered for a nomination for the Academy Awards as best song in a feature film.
At the end of 2008 he released on his indie Label Savana Records a project called SOUP which features Frank Zappa’s historic drummer Vinnie Colaiuta as a co-writer and guests such as Miles Davis’ pianist John Beasley.
Also in 2008 he was asked to write a catalogue of jingles for the Oprah Winfrey Show, many of these jingles are used in her famous TV show.
In 2009 Amaia Montero’s debut album, on which Saverio was the executive producer was nominated for a Latin Grammy and broke all records in Spain as the most consecutive weeks at number 1 in the charts.
In October 2009 he became the artistic director of (H)it Week LA, a 3 day event in Los Angeles showcasing the best of Italian modern music in Los Angeles with concerts at the Fonda Music Box, the Broad Stage of Santa Monica and live performances on KCRW.
2009 ended in the most positive note for Saverio when the song “Sto Pensando A Te” that he wrote with Italian bona fide rock star Vasco Rossi went to number 1 in Italy, achieving 5 Platinums and from January to April 2010 was the most air played song in all Italian radio stations and continuous to be among the most broadcasts along with over 5 millions hits on You Tube.
He recently produced and released in his label the debut CD of Fabio Mittino, an Italian guitarist that performed piano music of G.I. Gurdjieff and Thomas DeHartmann for the first time ever on guitar only.
Also r he has put out the second CD of singer Amana Melome’ , he has produced the come back album of alternative rockers TIROMANCINO and produced indie LA band The Tigers for Amanda Scheer Demme’s His and Hers Compilation that features bands such as Oasis, Daft Punk and Ryan Adams.
Saverio in 2010 has entered a World Wide Music Publishing deal with EMI and he is currently writing at his Los Angeles based recording studio, Speakeasy Studio.
His most recent number one songs in Italy have been Manifesto Futurista and I Soliti, both sung by Vasco Rossi. “I Soliti “closes the movie about the life of Vasco Rossi, Questa Storia Qua, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival and made headlines in Italy for the concert like crowds lining up outside movie theater during the first few weeks of showing.
Saverio is a member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Science) and LARAS.