An Interview With Alex
Q: Tell us a little about yourself?
A: I was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Georgia with my mom in my mid-teens. Currently, I live in Atlanta and attend Georgia State University. I’m a senior and I’m scheduled to graduate next year.
Q: When did you first begin making music?
A: I started singing when I was about eight years old. I picked up the acoustic guitar when I was around eleven. It was a gift given to me from my uncle via my mom.
Q: What was your musical ‘aha’ moment?
A: My ‘aha’ moment came after my first concert performance when I was eight or so. I was an active member of the choir at Wayman Academy in Jacksonville. After the performance, I remember the smile on my mother’s face; and my passion for music has only grown since that day.
Q: What type of music do you play?
A: A blend of R&B, Soul, Pop and Folk.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: Originally, I started off singing R&B songs when I was a kid. Then, for a long period of time I really got into country music. So, you could probably describe my voice as mellow and soulful, with light urban country undertones.
Q: Who have been your biggest musical influences?
A: As far as vocals and songwriting go: Leon Timbo, Brandy and James Taylor. Guitar-wise: John Mayer and Jimi Hendrix.
Q: What are your official releases so far (EPs, albums, mixes, remixes, etc.)?
A: So far, I’ve only released “Alex Marion Vol.” An early set of mix-tapes that I created around 2013 and 2014. That said, I’m in currently in the studio working on my first official EP release. The name of the project is still a work in progress too.
Q: What are the most notable shows and venues you’ve played so far?
A: The CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. I performed on multiple stages with sponsorship; and sung country music. It was a great experience and the crowd reaction was incredible.
Tamika Fest in Atlanta, Georgia was another one. Tamika is a yearly festival created to show appreciation for an accomplished poet: “Georgia Me.” I performed at the Apache Café as a featured artist for a night during Tamika.
Also, the SHARE concert in Dallas, Texas. That concert is held to showcase new and rising artist from Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas and I got to play there.
Q: What’s going on with your career right now?
A: I’m currently recording my debut EP with Grammy Award-winning songwriter/poet Malcom-Jamal Warner, Grammy nominated songwriter Lester “L2” Shaw, and music producer John Johnson who’s featured on Lil Wayne’s new album.
Q: Are you touring right now, or are you involved in any other music-related projects?
A: Not right at the moment; I’m just concentrating my energy on finishing my EP, my acting and of course completing my college degree requirements.