Alex Lloyd

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This article is about the Australian singer-songwriter. For the American football player, see Alex Loyd. For the motor racing driver, see Alex Lloyd (racing driver).
Alex Lloyd
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Background information
Birth name Alexander Wasiliev
Also known as Alex Lloyd
Born (1974-09-19) 19 September 1974 (age 40)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop
MOR
Alternative rock [1]
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Table Music distributed by Inertia
Associated acts Mother Hubbard, Mad Bastards Trio
Website www.AlexLloyd.com

Alex Lloyd (born 19 September 1974, Sydney) is an Australian singer-songwriter. His most popular album Watching Angels Mend, which includes the songs "Amazing" and "Green", was released in 2001 went double platinum. His third album Distant Light released in 2003 featured three songs that made the Australian top 40 singles charts. He has also won two ARIA awards for "Male Artist of the Year" in 2000 and 2002.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Alexander Wasiliev to a father of Russian descent and a mother of Irish descent,[2] Lloyd grew up in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain, New South Wales, where he attended Balmain High School (now Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus).

In 1990, at the age of 15, he was a member of a school rock band that won the 1990 Balmain Battle of the Bands and the 1990 Canterbury High Schools Youth Rock competition. This mainly blue-rock band evolved into "The Beefs", which began playing in local pubs and clubs and into indie rock band Mother Hubbard.

Lloyd adopted his mother's maiden name "Lloyd" in tribute, following her unexpected death in 1991.[3]

Career[edit]

His solo career began in 1997 when he started writing songs for his debut solo album Black The Sun and spent time at a songwriting clinic organised by Miles Copeland III, former manager of The Police. Lloyd started producing the album in 1998 and finished the album with producer Ed Buller, a former member of the Psychedelic Furs, who had produced albums by Pulp and Suede.

Black the Sun (1999-2000)[edit]

Black the Sun won a great deal of critical acclaim with Triple J listeners voting it their album of the year. Lloyd won an ARIA award for "Best New Artist" in 1999 and his first award for "Best Male Artist" in 2000.

Watching Angels Mend (2001-2002)[edit]

Lloyd's second album Watching Angels Mend went double platinum in Australia after its release in 2001. The second single, "Amazing", proved to be a breakthrough for him, becoming his first top 40 single in Australia, being the top song on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2001. It went on to become a number one hit in New Zealand and the most played track on Australian radio during 2002.

Two further top 40 singles in Australia followed in 2002; "Green" and "Everybody's Laughing". Lloyd went on to win his second ARIA award for "Best Male Artist" and was nominated in several other categories.

Distant Light (2003-2004)[edit]

Lloyd's third album Distant Light was released in 2003. It featured Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey of Midnight Oil on several tracks. It was produced by Stuart Miller, who had also produced Watching Angels Mend and mixed by Tony Hoffer who has worked with Air, Beck and Turin Brakes.

Distant Light was also a success on the ARIA charts. Three singles charted from the album; "Coming Home" in August 2003, "1000 Miles" in November 2003, and "Beautiful" in April 2004. The album has been certified platinum in Australia.

Alex Lloyd (2005-2006)[edit]

In 2005, Lloyd released a new single, entitled "Never Meant to Fail", which reached the top 30 in Australia, and, on 25 October, an eponymously titled album. Singles which have been released from this album ("Never Meant to Fail", "The Wonder" and "Brand New Day") have had significant airplay on radio stations across Australia.

In 2006, Alex Lloyd performed in the grand finale of Dancing with the Stars, singing his breakthrough song, "Amazing". His performance in the show may have helped with sales of his album, as the album re-entered the albums chart a couple of weeks after the show. Alex Lloyd also released his greatest hits compilation, titled Amazing: The Best of Alex Lloyd, which covers all the singles from the four previous Alex Lloyd albums. The limited edition of the compilation features a second CD of B-sides and rarities.

Good in the Face of a Stranger and Mad Bastards Trio Collaboration (2008-2011)[edit]

Alex Lloyd released his fifth album Good in the Face of a Stranger in November 2008 independently through Inertia. August 2008, the album's first single "Slow Train" was released through his official website, and the video clip for the track was animated with 7,000 hand drawn pictures. In March 2009, he released his second single "What We Started" from the album, which was subsequently used as song on the television show 90210. The album did not chart as well as Lloyd's previous albums, selling close to 15,000 albums; however it was well received by critics.

In 2011, Alex Lloyd began touring with Steve and Alan Pigram from The Pigram Brothers. The trio had worked on the soundtrack for the Australian film Mad Bastards, and the reviews of the music were largely positive. The trio became known as the Mad Bastards Trio and used the tour to promote the film, which was released on 5 May 2011. The tour ended later that month. The Mad Bastards Trio also performed on Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight and also had an interview with George Negus about the music and the film itself. One of Lloyd's songs from Good in the Face of a Stranger, "Slow Train" made it onto the soundtrack, along with songs written by the Pigram Brothers, but the majority of the soundtrack was written as a collaboration between the trio.

The music from the Mad Bastards Trio received a very positive reception, with three nominations for the 2011 APRA Awards including Best Original Song Composed for the Screen ("Won't Look Back" by Alex Lloyd), Best Soundtrack Album and Feature Film Score of the Year. The soundtrack from the film was also nominated for Best Original Film Soundtrack at the 25th ARIA Awards.

Urban Wilderness and ongoing work (2012- present)[edit]

After returning to Australia at the end of 2012, Lloyd announced that he will be recording and releasing a new album in 2013. In March and April 2013, Lloyd started road-testing new songs on a limited tour. Speaking to the Newcastle Herald, Lloyd announced the title of the album as Urban Wilderness.[4]

In August 2013, Lloyd released the first single from the album, "Better The Less You Know," featuring footage of people listening to the song in London and on the Central Coast.[5] After performing at the Caloundra Music Festival in October, the album was finally released on 18 October 2013, and so far has been met with a positive reception. The album subsequently entered the Australian 100% Independent Music Charts at Number 6 on 28 October 2013.[6] Lloyd also announced his first Australian tour in over five years: the "Urban Wilderness" tour, which will see him perform along much of the east coast of Australia from October–December 2013.[7]

On 6 November 2013, Lloyd announced the second single of the album would be "Waterfall". Lloyd played on Network Ten's new morning television shows Wake Up and Studio 10, where he played "Waterfall" and "Amazing".

In 2014, Lloyd collaborated with the Richmond Tigers Football Club, releasing "Coming Home (To Richmond)"; a combination of his original 2003 single with references made to the AFL Club. Lloyd subsequently adopted the Tigers as his club. The song became his first re-entry into the Australia Top 100 in over eight years, debuting at No.62. [8] He has also indicated he will continue his "Urban Wilderness" tour in 2014 to other parts of Australia.

Lloyd will officially release the third single from the album, "Good Thing" on 2 April 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd is married to Amelia Wasiliev and they have three sons and one daughter: Jake, Isaac, Elvis, and Belle.

Lloyd took part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia in 2009. He made it to the final four, with INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly, swimmer Eamon Sullivan, and model Rachael Finch. However, he missed going through to the grand final, after failing to impress the judges enough with his chocolate swirl croquembouche.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Name Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS AUS 100% IMC NZ
1999 Black the Sun 9 AUS: Platinum
2001 Watching Angels Mend 2 22 AUS: 2x Platinum
2003 Distant Light 9 AUS: Platinum
2005 Alex Lloyd 7 AUS: Platinum
2006 Amazing: The Best of Alex Lloyd 34
2008 Good in the Face of a Stranger 80
2013 Urban Wilderness 6
"—" denotes the album did not chart or achieve certification

Singles[edit]

Release date Single Peak chart positions Certification Album
AUS
[9]
Hot
100
NZ
[10]
UK
[11]
NED
23 October 1998 "Peepshow/Momo" non-album single
24 July 1998 "Black the Sun" 86 Black the Sun
25 May 1999 "Lucky Star" 91 21
26 August 1999 "Something Special"
25 May 2000 "My Way Home" 50
9 July 2001 "Downtown" 75 63 Watching Angels Mend
17 September 2001 "Amazing" 14 1 1 176 91 AUS: Platinum
18 February 2002 "Green" 25
20 August 2002 "Everybody's Laughing" 33
18 November 2002 "Bus Ride"
18 August 2003 "Coming Home" 24 39 Distant Light
9 November 2003 "1000 Miles" 32
27 April 2004 "Beautiful" 30
19 July 2004 "Hello the End" 146
12 August 2005 "Never Meant to Fail" 27 Alex Lloyd
2006 "The Wonder"
2006 "Stand Down" 51
2006 "Sometimes" 57
8 April 2006 "Brand New Day" 53
4 October 2008 "Slow Train" Good in the Face of a Stranger
18 October 2008 "Last Bell"
March 2009 "What We Started"
23 August 2013 "Better the Less You Know" Urban Wilderness
6 November 2013 "Waterfall"
22 February 2014 "Coming Home (To Richmond)" 62 Non-album single
2 April 2014 "Good Thing" Urban Wilderness

The song "Peepshow" was released as a video-only single at an unknown date in 1998.

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Award[12] Work Result
1999 Breakthrough Artist - Single "Lucky Star" Won
Best Male Artist Nominated
2000 Breakthrough Artist - Album Black the Sun Nominated
Best Male Artist Won
Album of the Year Nominated
2002 Producer of the Year Watching Angels Mend Nominated
Best Rock Album Nominated
Best Male Artist Won
Highest Selling Album Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Highest Selling Single "Amazing" Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
2003 Best Male Artist "Coming Home" Won
2004 Engineer of the Year Distant Light Nominated
Best Male Artist Nominated
2011 Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album Mad Bastards: Music from the Motion Picture (with The Pigram Brothers) Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2011 Best Original Song Composed for the Screen "Won't Look Back" by Alex Lloyd Nominated
Best Soundtrack Album "Mad Bastards- Music from the Motion Picture" (with The Pigram Brothers) Nominated
Feature Film Score of the Year "Mad Bastards- Music from the Motion Picture" (with The Pigram Brothers) Nominated

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