Alex Vargas

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Alexander Vargas Blay
Alex Vargas - Portrait by Hannah Hillier - August, 2015.JPG
"Alex Vargas - Portrait by Hannah Hillier - August, 2015"
Background information
Birth name Alexander Vargas Blay
Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 29)
Hørsholm, Denmark
Origin Denmark, Uruguay, England
Genres Rock, Soul, Alternative
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Guitar, Piano
Years active 2003 - Present
Labels Copenhagen Records / Locomotion Entertainment
Website http://www.alexvargas.com

Alexander Vargas Blay, better known as Alex Vargas, is a singer, songwriter and producer born in Hørsholm, Denmark on 17 February 1988 to a Danish/English mother and Uruguayan father.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Alex Vargas live at Rock am Ring 2017
Alex Vargas live at Rock am Ring 2017

Vargas relocated to London at age 17 to pursue his musical career where he was signed to Geffen Records and formed the band Vagabond. The band toured the UK selling out two headline tours and also performed at the Glastonbury, T in the Park and V music festivals.

On 16 February 2010 Vargas disbanded Vagabond in order to pursue a solo career.[3]

On 12 and 13 October 2013 Vargas performed as a vocalist with trance band Above & Beyond at their acoustic show at the Greek Theater, Los Angeles. He co-wrote and featured on 5 songs from their fourth studio album We Are All We Need, which debuted at #1 in the US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard), #12 in the UK official UK album charts and #34 in the US Billboard 200 chart.[citation needed]

In 2014 Vargas signed with Copenhagen Records and started working on material for his forthcoming EP and Album with collaborator Tommy Sheen who also performs live with Vargas. First release on Copenhagen Records was the single "Till Forever Runs Out" (03.12.14) followed by "Solid Ground" on March 30, 2015. "Solid Ground" became a viral hit and is included on the EP "Giving Up The Ghost" from January 22, 2016. The title track however premiered on US music blog Pigeons & Planes on September 16, 2015.[4] The EP peaked as #1 on the Danish and Dutch iTunes Album Chart while the feature single, "Shackled Up" made it to #1 on the Danish iTunes Singles Chart and #4 on the Dutch iTunes Singles Chart.[citation needed]

UK press and blogs have described Alex as "Engrossing, poetic and openly emotional, Vargas' soulful approach is winning fans - prepare to become one of them". Clash Music[5]

Vargas is a BMI writer and is published by Atlas Music Publishing out of New York.

On February 16, 2017, Vargas announced that his second full length album, Cohere, would be released on March 31, 2017.[6]

He co-wrote Bulgaria's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The song was performed by Russian-born Kristian Kostov and reached 2nd place, Bulgaria's best ever result.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rookie (2003) (as Alexander Vargas Blay)[8]
  • Cohere (2017) (as Alex Vargas)[9]

EPs[edit]

  • Howl (2013)
  • Giving Up the Ghost (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • Till Forever Runs Out (2014)
  • Solid Ground (2015)
  • Shackled Up (2016)
  • Higher Love (2016)
  • Higher Love (Decco Remix) (2016)
  • Inclosure (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2016 Danish Music Awards Danish Artist of the Year Alex Vargas Won
New Danish Name of the Year Nominated
Danish Songwriter of the Year Nominated
New Danish Name of the Year "Giving Up The Ghost" Nominated
Danish Release of the Year Nominated
P3 Guld The P3 Award Alex Vargas Nominated
The P3 Listeners' Top Track "Shackled Up" Nominated
2017 GAFFA-Prisen Danish Album of the Year "Giving Up The Ghost" Nominated
Danish Pop Album of the Year Nominated
Danish Male Artist of the Year Alex Vargas Nominated
New Danish Name of the Year Nominated
Danish Live Name of the Year Nominated
Zulu Awards New Name of the Year Alex Vargas Nominated

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