The hip thing to do here is to have your bio read in the third person. But I’m not that hip…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve sung. My mom says I sang complete verses before I spoke complete sentences. My kindergarten teacher wrote in my report that I daydreamed a lot and sang all the time.
I get my music from my late dad’s side of the family. I sang with my cousins growing up and we even had a family band. I learned to play the guitar cause one of my older cousins played guitar. He seemed to be popular with the girls in the neighborhood so…
Then at thirteen someone broke my heart and I wrote a song. And the rest as they say is history.
I began to play the pubs in Kuala Lumpur, my hometown. The capital city in Malaysia. By seventeen I was playing half a dozen smoky bars/clubs in town for tips and not much money. Almost all covers. You had to have 3 songs in your repertoire. John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” The Eagles’ “Hotel California” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.”
Needless to say I’ve forgotten how to play all three.
When I was 21 I came to the United States to go to school in Rochester, New York. I didn’t perform much until I graduated. At which point I was part of an a cappella rock group called “Pink Dakota.” It was a lot of fun and we were kinda minor celebrities in Rochester. We were so popular we were asked to play a tractor pull at the Caledonia Fair. I kid you not.
After I met my wife and married her and soon after she graduated from school, we moved to Nashville. It’s been an amazing, wonderful journey and I just love this city.
I get to play The Bluebird Cafe on a semi regular basis. Write with some amazing folks. And work with some ridiculously talented people.
Not bad for a kid from KL, Malaysia. This is a dream. Pinch me.
I’ve been a musician practically all my life. I started writing songs in my native Malaysia when I was thirteen. I eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a performing songwriter. I live in the best city in the world for music. I love my family & God, music and food.
New music is coming. In the meantime, download the title track from my upcoming release for free. All I want is your email address so we can stay in touch.
Charles Alexander is an independent singer/songwriter, digital music strategist and music technology educator. He is the founder of Outside The Box Music, a digital services company.
He helps artists, musicians & songwriters create and extend their online presence. He implements strategies and runs campaigns on behalf of his clients to increase fan acquisition, fan engagement, as well as, create brand awareness. The intent of these efforts are to acquire and nurture a fan base that would help artists build and maintain sustainable careers.
He manages the career of Americana/Roots artist, Keeley Valentino and has run digital campaigns for such diverse artists as Keb’ Mo’, SHEL and Gabe Dixon.
He has been quoted in The Washington Post and The Tennessean and featured on the front page of international music technology blog, HypeBot. He has been a speaker and panelist at the Leadership Music Digital Summit, Americana Music Conference, ASCAP, The International Folk Alliance, Nashville Songwriters International (NSAI) and has contributed to the national discussion on SOPA, the online piracy bill.
He also established “Rock The Net”, a digital music initiative geared towards educating artists, songwriters, artist managers and other music business professionals on how to leverage the internet and other online platforms.
He has been a NewSong Music regional finalist and performs at venues like The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee on a regular basis. He is an ardent advocate for independent music.