Alex Band

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Alex Band
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Band in 2007
Background information
Birth name Alexander Max Band
Born (1981-06-08) June 8, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drum kit, saxophone
Years active 1993–present
Labels RCA Records, Geffen Records, AMB/EMI Records
Associated acts The Calling
Jennifer Sky
Charles Band
Course of Nature
Santana
Website alexband.net

Alexander Max "Alex" Band (born June 8, 1981) is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his work in his former band The Calling and their signature song "Wherever You Will Go", which topped the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks and named song of the decade by Billboard magazine.

Along with bandmate and fellow songwriter Aaron Kamin as part of The Calling, the pair achieved success with the release of their two studio albums; Camino Palmero (2001) and Two (2004). They also achieved top 40 chartings with singles "Adrienne", "Our Lives", and "Things Will Go My Way". As a solo artist he is well known for providing the vocals on the top 10 hit, "Why Don't You & I" with Carlos Santana in 2004. In 2008 he created his own record label, AMB Records and released a 5 song EP entitled, Alex Band EP.[1] Band later released his debut full-length album, We've All Been There in June 2010. He currently resides in Los Angeles.[2]

Early life[edit]

Alex Band was born in Los Angeles, California, into an entertainment family. His mother is Meda Band, and his father, Charles Band, is a well known horror film director. His grandfather Albert Band was also another well known director. Band's father is Jewish and his mother is Christian.[3] Both his parents were raised in Italy and they owned a castle in Giove, Umbria.[4] Band explores spiritual themes in several of his songs though claims to be of no particular faith himself. Of the song "Please" Band said, "...I grew up with a Jewish Father who didn't practice and a Christian Mother whose only tie to Jesus was celebrating Christmas. Needless to say I had to find my own religion. And in this song I'm asking God what that should be...what should I believe? In a world so full of different religions and so many people fighting over whose belief is the correct one, it frustrates me to think that they all really boil down to the same thing."[3]

At a young age, Band's parents divorced and his father remarried. He grew up with two of his half brothers Harlan and Zalman, and his sister Taryn. After his parents divorce, his mother moved to Germany where she remarried and still resides. Band was about 8 at the time.[5] She had 3 sons after her move, who Band eventually met when he toured Germany. The single "Could It Be Any Harder" explains some of his feelings towards his mother's move.[3]

Growing up Band made small appearances in his father's films. He grew up on Camino Palmero street, which would later inspire his first album of the same name. He began playing guitar and song writing at the age of 8.[6] Musically, Band was influenced by Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Live, Train, and U2.[7]

He soon formed his first band with friend and filmmaker, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, called "Maybe Solitude". Rothe-Kushel also directed his first music video for a song called "Dormant Prayer". Several bands followed including one named "Generation Gap" that consisted of him, Aaron Kamin, a musician he met when Kamin began dating his sister, and a few much older musicians. The band has a brief cameo in Coyote Ugly. At the age of 14 he had a kokopelli tattooed on his wrist. This would later become a symbol for The Calling.[6]

Career[edit]

The Calling[edit]

At the age of 15 Band signed with RCA Records with the band he had created with Kamin now named The Calling. At this time he dropped out of school though he later received a diploma through home schooling.[6] The Calling released their first single "Wherever You Will Go" to much acclaim. The song soon reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot AC charts for 23 weeks and peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100 charts.[8] The band's first album Camino Palmero soon followed peaking at number 36 on the Billboard Sales charts and eventually went Platinum.[9]

The band's next singles, "Adrienne" and "Could It Be Any Harder" soon followed charting in the AC top 40. However by 2004 the second album titled, Two failed to live up to expectations charting at number 54 on Billboard Top 200.[10] The album suffered from a lack of label support though the singles fared slightly better. The first single, "Our Lives" was featured in the 2004 Olympics ceremony, and charted at number 34 in the Billboard top 40.[11] A final single, "Anything" performed decently with little promotion, charting at number 23 in the Adult Top 40.[11]

After the lack of label support with "Two", the band announced a hiatus. On June 4, 2005 they performed their last concert to date in Temecula, CA.[9]

Songwriting[edit]

During and after his time in The Calling, Band and Kamin co-wrote all of the band's songs. They also wrote songs for several other artists as well as for several movie soundtracks, most of which Band would perform on. One of the first such tracks was the single, "For You" which appeared on the Daredevil soundtrack. The OST peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Top 200.[12]

A cover of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" was recorded for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Band recorded a song "Take Hold of Me" for use in his wife's movie Fish Without a Bicycle in which he has a small part.[13] He also Appeared on the Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Solo career[edit]

Band's solo career started long before the hiatus of The Calling. He was personally chosen by Chad Kroeger to perform on the Carlos Santana single "Why Don't You & I" in 2003. Originally, Kroeger wrote and sang on "Why Don't You & I" for Santana's Shaman. However, when Arista Records decided to release the song as a single, Kroeger's record label refused permission, citing concerns that Kroeger appearing on a "high-profile single" that could conflict with his own newly released comeback album.[14][15][16]

Band's version became extremely successful charting at number 3 on the Billboard Top 40, and number 8 on the Billboard Top 100. It was also recently named the number 5 song of the decade on the Adult Pop charts by Billboard. It reached number 1 on the AC charts and continues to be played on AC stations to this day. Band's version appears on Santana's special release album, Ceremony: remixes & rarities and Ultimate Santana. Band also contributed the song "The Truth" to the soundtrack of the 2005 movie "Doll Graveyard" which was directed by his father.

In November 2005 it was announced Band had signed as a solo artist with Ron Fair as part of Geffen Records. A new album had been recorded and was said to be released in late 2007, but was delayed several times. Band left the Geffen label in 2008.[9]

During this time Band had a few releases. One of his songs titled, "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" for Bratz: The Movie soundtrack. Band performed and co-wrote the song, "Coming Home" which was featured in the film, The Final Season in late 2007.

In October 2007 Band performed at the first Alex Band's Donate Life Rocks charity concert for "Donate Life America" in Los Angeles, CA. The concert was taped and will air on DISH Network. Band also taped an appearance on The Real World: Hollywood which filmed at the concert. The second Alex Band Donate Life concert was held in Richmond, VA on August 21, 2008. The first music video in his solo career was again directed by lifelong friend and director / producer, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, for a song called "Only One".[17]

Indie Label[edit]

Band expressed displeasure with the continued delayed release of his debut album.[18] On April 16, 2008 Band announced via his official fan site that he had left Geffen and created his own label called AMB Records under which the album in the US will be released. He will work with EMI for the international release.[19] "I've been working on leaving my label for a while now, and moving to somewhere else to put this record out finally and give it the push it deserves...and I'm happy to announce that I will be putting the record out ON MY OWN! With help from good friends in the business and an amazing team, I'm putting together my own Label. This gives me the freedom to make my own decisions, to invest in myself, and to do what I want, when I want. This is the way to go these days in the music business and I am sooooooo lucky to be able to do it. There are no firm details as to when exactly the record will be released, but I am doing everything in my power to make the process as speedy as possible. I will let you all know of course as soon as I find out more."[19]

On April 25, 2008 Band released a 5 song EP titled, "Alex Band EP". The EP contained 4 new songs in addition to the song "Coming Home". The EP is sold via his official fan site. A new version of the EP was created for his tour in Brazil. On May 13 it was announced that the track, "Only One" would be the official single, for Brazil only, with both single and video available through Band's official fan site.[20] His debut solo album "We've All Been There" was released on June 29, 2010. The first single "Tonight" was released on February 15, 2010.

Acting career[edit]

Band appeared in the movie Coyote Ugly as a musician on the stage of the club.

Band also appeared on the CSI: NY episode "Help", which aired January 14, 2009. Band played a drugged-out musician who is the suspect in a murder case. The songs he performed were his own (as did fellow guest star Bonnie McKee). He has said there will be more acting in the future.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Band married girlfriend, actress Jennifer Sky, on July 25, 2004. The couple split in 2009. In February 2010, he became engaged to Kristin Blanford. She appeared in music videos for his songs "Tonight" (2010)[22] and "Euphoria" (2011). They married on May 1, 2011 and divorced in April 2012. Band married girlfriend, Shayna Weber, in October of 2013 which was confirmed on the Twitter account of each. [23] [24]

Band was reportedly abducted on August 18, 2013 by two men that robbed, beat him severely, and dumped him on train tracks in Lapeer, Michigan. He was taken to an emergency room at a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.[25]

Charity work[edit]

Band has worked with several charities. After an illness his ex-wife dealt with, Band became a supporter of organ donation, working closely with the charity Donate Life America. Annually he performs at "Alex Band's Donate Life Rocks Concert" to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Each year Debbie Hagerman, who ran his official fan site, organized a birthday charity project in Band's name, asking that, in lieu of gifts, fans donate to a charity instead. In addition a calendar was produced each year showcasing Band in concert. All proceeds went to The Alex Band Education Fund for Donate Life America. The projects have raised over $30,000 in honor of Band.[26]

Band is also active in promoting awareness and involvement in The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. He himself was diagnosed in 2012 with Parkinson's, which he announced during a benefit show performed on Stageit from Ryan Cabrera's home on March 23rd, 2013. [27]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US Heat. AUT GER SWI
We've All Been There
  • Released: June 29, 2010
  • Label: AMB/EMI
42 17 12 46
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Alex Band EP
  • Released: May 2008 (US Edition),
    June 2008 (Brazil Edition)[28]
After the Storm
  • Released: May 22, 2012[29]
  • Label: Killer Tracks

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Adult Pop AUT GER
"Coming Home" 2007 Alex Band EP
"Only One" 2008
"Silent Night" (digital release) 2009 Non-album single
"Tonight"[30] 2010 31 37 27 We've All Been There
"Without You"
"Only One" (European release) 66
"Euphoria" (German release) 2011
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
Main
US
AC
US Adult Pop GER NZ
"Why Don't You & I"
(Santana feat. Alex Band)
2003 8 3 16 1 76 21 Shaman
"In Your Heart, I'm Home"
(Yasmin Lucas feat. Alex Band)[note 1]
2009 Bela, a Feia: Soundtrack[31]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes
  1. ^ Only released in Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://alexmaxband.com/alexmaxband/frame.html
  2. ^ The Calling - Urge Music Downloads - VH1.com
  3. ^ a b c Song Meanings
  4. ^ HitLab: "Alex Band 20 THINGS INTERVIEW" June 29, 2010
  5. ^ Facts
  6. ^ a b c "Facts" - Alexmaxband.com
  7. ^ Lazy Rocker INTERVIEW WITH ALEX BAND (EX-THE CALLING)
  8. ^ Allmusic Singles - Allmusic
  9. ^ a b c Timeline
  10. ^ allmusic ((( The Calling > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
  11. ^ a b allmusic ((( The Calling > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  12. ^ allmusic ((( Daredevil > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
  13. ^ Fish Without a Bicycle at IMDb
  14. ^ "Nickelback's's Record Company Explains Chad Kroeger Ban on Santana Single" - Roadrunner Records - July 2, 2003
  15. ^ "Nickelback's Kroeger Not Allowed on Santana Single" - Foundry Music
  16. ^ "Carlos Santana Says Label Politics Forced Chad Kroeger/Alex Band Change On New Single" - Yahoo! Music
  17. ^ Music Video Download Site
  18. ^ Q & A Frame
  19. ^ a b Home Frame
  20. ^ This coincided with the Brazil tour. Store Frame
  21. ^ [1] - alexband.net
  22. ^ Guyette, Kayley (March 25, 2010). "Interview: Alex Band". The Sound Alarm. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/alex_band
  24. ^ https://twitter.com/shaynaweber
  25. ^ Sacks, Ethan (August 19, 2013). "The Calling singer Alex Band severely beaten after being abducted in van". NY Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Alex's Charity Birthday Project". Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO7iNKzbzNY
  28. ^ Band EP
  29. ^ "After the Storm - EP by Alex Band". iTunes. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  30. ^ http://popdirt.com/alex-band-tonight-video/77821/
  31. ^ http://yasminoficial.blogspot.com/2009/05/yasmin-prepara-dueto-com-alex-band-ex.html

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