Singer/songwriter Graham Alexander is proud to have introduced his authentic and honest rebirth of Rock and Roll music. With over a decade of professional music under his belt, Graham is ready to take the world by storm. He is currently rehearsing to start a tour for a number of promotional and public events with his band.
Graham’s ﬁrst foray into music began not unlike many other budding musicians. He formed a band which eventually became “The Roadrunners” and began touring while building a following through the New York City and Philadelphia live music circuit. Graham wrote or co-wrote most of the compositions on both of their released albums, “The Roadrunners: Cellar Sessions” (2003) and “Breakaway” (2006).
The group eventually parted ways as Graham moved onto his own songwriting for not only solo projects but also work for other performers and bands. Along with penning soundtrack material for Emmy-award winning director Ken Sheil, Graham has also lent a hand to a number of music videos, television shows, ﬁlms, and video games.
He has toured the world and played alongside groups such as Badﬁnger, Spencer Davis Group, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Smithereens, The Hollies, Peter Noone, America, and James Taylor.
Most recently, Graham appeared on Broadway and worldwide in the show ‘RAIN’, gaining huge audience appreciation and standing ovations at every performance. While still performing on Broadway, Graham released his debut EP ‘Graham Alexander, Vol. 1’ the ﬁrst week of July in 2011.
After the buzz from the release of the EP, Graham’s focus went toward ﬁnishing his highly anticipated debut album. In December of 2011, Graham Alexander’s self titled full length album was ﬁnally released to wide acclaim. Within a few weeks, the song “Biggest Fan” was featured at #6 on Spotify’s “Top Tracks from 2011 – Picked by Users” playlist which generated buzz and strengthened his already strong following of fans from all over the world.
In celebration of the release of his debut album, Graham Alexander gave a sold out performance, Headlining the ‘World Cafe Live’ in Philadelphia, PA and expects to allow fans from all over to relive that experience with the release of a live concert ﬁlm from the event, available soon.
Recently I had the pleasure of grabbing a listen to a couple of tracks on Graham Alexander’s self-titled debut album and I was blown away by this upcoming talent’s vocal and songwriting capabilities.
Obviously the first thing most evident on the opening track “Don’t Give In Tonight”, to any traveled ear, is how much Graham sounds like Sir Paul McCartney. I don’t think I’ve heard anybody, apart from ex Bay City Rollers singer Duncan Faure, pitch and phrase as close to McCartney as this.
But the similarities don’t end there. The songwriting, vocal harmonies and musical arrangements on the album are extremely reminiscent of McCartney’s works, from The Beatles era up until more recent compositions.
Alexander’s songs are without a doubt more fresh, hip and modern sounding without however loosing that ever-present nostalgic sounding touch. As for example on “Biggest Fan” which has an insistent backbeat and a cool electric piano going on, while Graham’s voice rockets through the arrangement with his unflappable verses and forceful chorus lines.
“Only Fools Rush In” could so easily have come off anyone of the classic The Beatles albums. Vocals, musicality and all, the resemblance to McCartney on this track is uncanny indeed. Yet always in a positive way. In that Graham Alexander comes across as a fresh and new original, of a timeless musical legend, not a constructed copycat as might seem to be intended.
In fact “Paralyzed” proves my theory beyond any doubt. It has a crackerjack modern arrangement. Dominated by a rocking drum and bass rhythm, some great guitar hooks and Graham’s pressure cooker vocals. Throw in the catchy melody line and you have the ingredients for an absolutely original and addictive pop song. This is an outright album highlight.
“Graham Alexander”, the album contains 10 tracks that explore the songwriting and vocal talents of a refreshingly new pop artist, who is categorically on his way up the musical ladder.
The fact that Graham Alexander often sounds uncannily like Sir Paul McCartney, could quite easily have presented itself as a burden. Instead it serves as an exceptional advantage for an already multi-talented artist.