Prince Charles Alexander

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Prince Charles Alexander
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Prince Charles Alexander
Background information
Born (1958-04-02) April 2, 1958 (age 60)
Boston
Genres Contemporary R&B, Pop-Rap, Hip-Hop, Gospel, French Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Audio Engineer, Recording Artist, Educator
Instruments Saxophone, Flute, Lyricon, Wind Synthesizer, Synthesizer, Vocals, Piano, Drum Kit, Recording Studio, Digital Audio Workstation

Charles Alexander (born April 2, 1958), known professionally as Prince Charles Alexander, is an American record producer, audio engineer, educator and recording artist. He received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2003.

Background[edit]

Alexander was born in Boston and is a graduate of Boston Latin School.[1] He holds an M.S. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.[2][unreliable source?]

His project "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band"[3] recorded three albums on Virgin Records from the early to mid-1980s.[4] Alexander fronted the group as the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, with a focus on the wind synthesizer called the "Lyricon" in recordings and in live performances.

Production and engineering career[edit]

Alexander disbanded his funk group in the mid-1980s and began focusing on audio engineering. After the switch, he became a multi-platinum recording engineer, mixing engineer and producer for clients that include Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Usher, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, X-Clan, Brandy, Babyface, Sting and Aretha Franklin.[5] He mixed and recorded the Notorious B.I.G.'s One More Chance at The Hit Factory.[6] Alexander earned more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA[citation needed] and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2003.[7]

Alexander is a Professor in the Music Production & Engineering Department[8] at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[9] He simultaneously held an Adjunct Instructor position at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,[10] teaching Music Production from 2006 to 2014. In 2006, Alexander also taught Audio Technology at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC.[citation needed] He has lectured at the City College of New York in Manhattan, the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway,[11] and the Cape Town Academy at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.[12] He is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors,[13] the Audio Engineering Society (AES)[14] and the Musician's Union Local 802 in NYC.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "With gift to alma mater, producer takes step to heal old wounds".
  2. ^ "Full Interviews". africanamericanbls.weebly.com.
  3. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Prince Charles and the City Beat Band". www.trouserpress.com.
  4. ^ "♫ Greatest Hits 1979-1984, Vol. 1 - Prince Charles & the City Beat Band. Listen @cdbaby".
  5. ^ "Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Henderson, Richard (October 25, 1997). "Sonic Signposts: The sound of the city by decade". Billboard. p. 30.
  7. ^ Prince Charles Alexander at AllMusic
  8. ^ "Prince Charles Alexander - Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu.
  9. ^ "Become An Audio Engineer: Top Recording Schools - DJ TechTools". October 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music - NYU".
  11. ^ "Forskningsforum Hip Hop & Prince - Institutt for musikkvitenskap". www.hf.uio.no.
  12. ^ "The Cape Town Music Academy - CTMA, SU & Berklee City Music Outreach 2017". ctma.co.za.
  13. ^ "Producers & Engineers Wing". October 18, 2010.
  14. ^ "AES - Audio Engineering Society". www.aes.org.
  15. ^ "New Members' Orientation". Associated Musicians of Greater New York.

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