Aaron Alexander

Album: Demo 2007 (2007)

Song: DEMO 2007; "It Was Me," "Lifetime," "I Ran This Race," "You....

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When he went into the studio to make his first CD, Aaron Alexander didn't think anything was wrong with his voice. "I had been in choir before, so I thought I had a decent voice," said Alexander, 18. Advertisement But Brian Pittman, who was producing the CD, thought Alexander's voice needed work. "At the beginning of the recording, (Pittman) said, 'I don't think you're gonna make it.' He was really blunt," Alexander recalls. "I almost dropped him at that point. I went home not too happy. I told him if nothing was happening within a year that I was gonna drop music altogether 'cause I felt like I couldn't make it."
Two weeks later, Alexander returned to the studio. "I said, 'Do you care if we continue recording?' I was choked up for a while, but I listened to his advice. He even gave me a CD to help me with my breathing." Pittman attended the release party for Alexander's In a Town Like Ours last week at The Place in Collierville. "At the CD release party he said, 'I take back everything I said before. I really do think you might have something.' He taught me to sing."
"He did a whole complete turnaround," Pittman said. "I don't think I've ever met anyone like him who would work so hard no matter what anyone said. I don't think even if someone big like Clive Davis had told him, I don't think he would have stopped." Alexander began singing as a child. He mostly listened to Christian music, but his favorite song was Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence." He was in a few bands, including Sobrius, a Christian band, and Patient, a rock band. He decided to go solo after leaving Patient.
Alexander used to let Chris Norman, 18, who was in Patient, listen to some of his originals. "This guy tells me the truth," Alexander said. "A lot of people will tell you, 'Oh, yeah, that's cool.' But this guy would tell me straight up." Norman wasn't impressed with Alexander's material until he heard his new songs. "I was like, 'Wait a second. This is actually pretty sweet,' " he said. "There was actually feeling in the songs. It didn't seem like he was just having fun writing the song. It seemed like he put it all out on the table and made it his own."
"I guess it's just life experience," Alexander said. "If you go solo, you're alone. I was just writing songs for myself." "Elementary My Dear Watson" is about his method of songwriting, "In a Town Like Ours" is about Memphis, "Thank You" is about his girlfriend and "Red Light, Green Light" is about a friend who constantly took advantage of him. "He's a bad egg."
Alexander recently formed a band, which just goes by the name Aaron Alexander, and includes Norman on bass and Nathan Raab, 23, on keyboards and backing vocals. Raab, who also is in the band Grandma, met Alexander when he filled in for a rock group that was supposed to play on a bill with Grandma. When he first heard Alexander was going to play, Raab said, "It's a guy? It's one guy? This is heavy rock. We're bringing in a folk dude?"
He changed his mind after hearing Alexander's material. "(There's) kind of an intrinsic earnestness to his songwriting. He is really young, but I don't think that takes away from his songwriting ability at all."
And, Pittman said, "When he's singing his songs, you can tell he means it."

Article by Michael Donahue ; Commercial Appeal