Prince Charles Alexander
|Prince Charles Alexander|
Prince Charles Alexander
|Birth name||Prince Charles Alexander|
April 2, 1958 |
Boston, Massachusetts, US
|Genres||R&B, pop-rap, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, audio engineer, recording artist, educator|
|Instruments||Saxophone, flute, wind synthesizer, vocals, piano, drums, recording studio|
Prince Charles Alexander has an M.S. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Boston Latin School, the first public high school in America (1635). "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band" recorded three albums on Virgin Records from the early to mid 80's, and achieved their biggest successes on the European charts.
Charles fronted the group as the lead singer and multi instrumentalist. The futuristic wind synthesizer called the "Lyricon" was the instrument that made his brand of next generation p-funk unique, and the group's sound incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.
With the emergence of rap as the dominant reflection of street culture, Prince Charles disbanded his funk group and began focusing on audio engineering. After the switch, "Prince Charles Alexander" became a multi-platinum recording engineer, mixing engineer and producer for a large client base including Mary J. Blige, the Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Usher, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, X-Clan, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin and many more. Sean “Puffy” Combs utilized the technical expertise of Prince Charles, Tony Maserati and Paul Logus as his first string mixing engineers, a move that helped to launch and sustain the Bad Boy record label for many years. Charles’ accolades include more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA, 3 Grammy wins and 7 Grammy nominations from NARAS and a Victoire de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy).
Prince Charles is currently an active producer/engineer as well as a Professor in the Music Production & Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He also holds an Adjunct Instructor position at NYU’s Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music, teaching Music Production. Professor Alexander also taught Audio Technology at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC and has lectured at the City College of New York in Manhattan. He is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Musician's Union Local 802 in NYC.
His daughter, Katrina Jackson, is a graduate of Emmanuel College and teaches math in the Boston Public School system.
His son, Romeo Alexander, is a graduate of Harvard College and PhD candidate in applied math and oceanographic studies at NYU's Courant Institute.
Professor Alexander currently lives with his wife Candice, and their twin children, Chloe and Aden, in Boston, Massachusetts and New York, NY.
- fr:Victoires de la musique 1998
- Prince Charles Alexander at AllMusic