|Birth name||Alexander Dezen|
June 26, 1978 |
New York City
|Genres||Pop, rock, Americana|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, composer, producer, artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Warner Chappell Publishing, Epic Records, Rounder Records, Poor Man Records, In Music We Trust|
|Associated acts||The Damnwells, The Rebecca West, Harper Blynn|
Alex Dezen (born June 26, 1978) is a solo artist and the lead singer and songwriter for the American rock and roll band The Damnwells. He is also a multi-platinum selling songwriter. He holds an MFA degree in English from The University of Iowa's Iowa Writers' Workshop, which he attended from 2008-2010 as a Jeffrey G. and Victoria J. Edwards Fellow. As a songwriter, he has written and released songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, Matt Hires, Court Yard Hounds, The Veronicas, and others. He has also written for and worked with a number of additional artist such as The Dixie Chicks, Dave Grohl, Gary Louris of The Jayhawks, Sara Bareilles, Christina Perri, Genevieve Schatz of Company of Thieves, Simple Plan, Jesse & Joy and many others. He is currently signed to Warner Chappell Music Publishing.
A series of 4 solo EPs, known as "The Bedhead EPs," were released throughout 2014. The first one, titled 1/4, was released on January 21, 2014. The second, titled 2/4, was released on April 22, 2014, and was accompanied by a video, which premiered on the website for American Songwriter magazine. The 3rd EP, titled 3/4, was released on July 22, 2014 The final EP in the series, 4/4, was released on December 30, 2014.
In 2015, he collaborated with the American dance company Pilobolus, composing the music for the dance piece Wednesday Morning, 11:45 (2015), which premiered at The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, on June 15, 2015.
On November 3, 2015, Dezen announced a PledgeMusic project of songs written in early 2015 to be released as his first solo album. The project reached its crowdfunding goal in one week. The self-titled album was released by Rock Ridge Music on February 12, 2016, followed by a 9-hour, free internet concert where Dezen performed acoustic versions of every song he has ever released over his 15-year career either with The Damnwells or as a solo artist, including a live, full-band performance of the self-titled solo album live at the High Watt in Nashville, TN. The footage is still available online view Dezen's YouTube channel.
Notable song credits
|The Damnwells||"Golden Days" - Air Stereo (#19 Billboard album)|
|Justin Bieber||"Take You" - Believe and Believe Acoustic (# 1 Billboard album)|
|Cody Simpson||"Gentleman" - Paradise (# 27 Billboard album)|
|Court Yard Hounds||"Sunshine," "Gets You Down" - Amelita (#18 Billboard album)|
|The Veronicas||"You and Me" - The Veronicas (album)|
|Matt Hires||"Restless Heart," "I Am Not Here," "Wishing on Dead Stars," "All That's Left is You" - The World Won't Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend|
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