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“Immigrant” To Be Released on Inauguration Day

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Nashville-based Singer-Songwriter To Release Song About His Immigrant Journey on Inauguration Day


Charles Alexander

January 25, 2017 - Nashville-based singer-songwriter Charles Alexander released his single “Immigrant,” a song about his personal journey as an immigrant to the United States, on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20th, 2017.

(click to play “Immigrant” by Charles Alexander)

Charles feels the time is right for the release. “Inauguration Day is such an auspicious occasion. Given the recent conversation around immigration, instigated mostly by our incoming President, the timing was perfect and appropriate.”immigrantcover

“I wrote this song a while ago but never got around to officially releasing it. It’s the song in my set that almost always gets a strong, emotional response from the audience…one way or another.”

Now with the help of producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist, Tom Prasada-Rao, the song finally sees the light of day.

The song premiered to great acclaim on notable indie music blog, Mother Church Pew.

Alexander came to the US from Malaysia more than 20 years ago. A musician all his life, he obtained a degree in Biotechnology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He eventually got married and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music as a songwriter and artist. All the while still holding down his “day job” at Vanderbilt University as a bioinformaticist mining information from genomic databases related to the Human Genome Project.

He became a naturalized citizen in 2008 so that he could help vote President Barack Obama into office. “He was so inspiring. He had such an incredible world view. A President who had great empathy and understanding of other cultures. He came by it authentically by virtue of actually living and growing up in foreign countries. And he might be the best orator this side of President Kennedy.”

Alexander transitioned full time into the music industry five years ago. Besides managing other artists, he now has a successful business helping artists navigate the world of music streaming services such as Spotify.

“I hope I’m a fairly good albeit unusual representation of the American immigrant dream. But my dream came to fruition in part because I was welcomed with open arms by folks who were extremely generous with their hearts and their deeds. The America I know is true to Emma Lazarus’ poem on the pedestal of The Statue of Liberty. You know the one:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

“I hope we never lose that as a nation,” he concludes optimistically.

The song is available on his own Outside The Box Music label from all major digital music outlets.

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About Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander is an independent artist, songwriter, digital strategist and artist manager. He co-founded Streaming Promotions with business partner Michael Sloane, formerly of Big Machine Label Group. They specialize in strategically placing music within streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

He is also the CEO/founder of Outside The Box Music, an artist 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 has been featured on NPR, Billboard, The Washington Post and The Tennessean. He has been published on the front page of international music tech blog, HypeBot.  He has been an invited speaker at Music Biz, Digital Summit, Americana Music Conference, ASCAP, The International Folk Alliance 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.

For more information including press & media inquiries, please contact:

Amanda Renkel

Outside The Box Music


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