Alex Clare
Get Alex Clare essential facts below. View Videos or join the Alex Clare discussion. Add Alex Clare to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Alex Clare

Alex Clare
Alex Clare OF13 002.jpg
Clare performing on 28 January 2013 at Capitol Offenbach.
Background information
Alexander George Clare[1][2]
Born (1985-09-14) September 14, 1985 (age 33)
Southwark, London, England
Origin Golders Green, London
Genres
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • synthesizer
  • drums
  • keyboard
  • ukulele
  • harmonica
  • sampler
  • sequencer
  • trumpet
2010-present
Labels
Website alexclare.com

Alexander George Clare (born 14 September 1985) is a British singer and songwriter.[3] Clare adopted his current stage name, Alex Clare, in 2010, replacing Alexander G. Muertos, a pseudonym he first used while still at school. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, was released in the UK on 11 July 2011 on Island Records[4] and was produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer.[5]

The biggest hit from the album, "Too Close", peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 Brit Awards.[6]

Early life

Clare was born in Southwark, London, England. He grew up listening to his father's jazz records and was drawn to blues and soul artists like Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, which eventually led to interests in drum and bass, dubstep and UK garage. Though Clare took up the trumpet and drums when he was young, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open mic nights with original material.[7]

Clare attended Bishop Challoner School in Bromley and thereafter Westminster Kingsway College from 2002, studying for an NVQ in catering.

Music career

A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the UK. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer[5] was released in July 2011. The first single from the album was "Up All Night", followed by "Too Close" and "Treading Water".

On 19 May 2011, Reggie Yates made Alex Clare's cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" his Song of the Day.[8] A day later, the Dutch radio station 3FM announced single "Too Close" to be the '3FM's Megahit of that week.[9]

On 21 June 2011, Clare performed at the Queens' College, Cambridge May Ball.[10] On 14 August 2011, Clare performed at the Summer Well festival in Buftea, Romania. Following the disappointing performance of the album, Clare was dropped from his record contract with Universal Island in the UK.[11]

In March 2012, Clare's song "Too Close" was featured in several Internet Explorer 9 advertisements.[12] Following its use, the song debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[13] and later reached number 7, becoming his first top 10 hit. Clare saw success on the German charts too, reaching number one. On 13 May 2012, Clare's song peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[14] Soon after the song appearance in charts, Universal Republic signed Clare to a distribution deal that allowed The Lateness Of The Hour to be released in America in March 2012.[11][15] In mid-2012, it was announced that Universal Republic was going defunct moving artists from its roster to Republic Records including Alex Clare.[16]

In 2012, he sang the role of Voice of Humanity on the album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation along with Gary Barlow, Joss Stone and Liam Neeson.

In May 2014, Clare released the video for his single "War Rages On" as the lead single from his second album Three Hearts, which was released on 11 August 2014.[17] "War Rages On" has also served as the title sequence to the popular BBC Drama, Our Girl. On 8 October 2014, ASCAP named members Alex Clare and Jim Duguid Songwriters of the Year for "Too Close".[18]

In October 2016, Clare's first single from his debut album, "Up All Night" was used as the opening theme for BBC Three science-fiction series Class.

In November 2016, he released the album Tail of Lions.[19]

It was announced in July 2018 that Clare would be releasing an acoustic album called Three Days at Greenmount, to be released on September 14, 2018. The album, which features stripped-back versions of previous songs as well as unreleased tracks, was recorded during a three-day studio session in Leeds over the summer of 2017.[20]

Personal life

Brought up in what he has described as a "very, very secular" environment, Clare became a baal teshuva to Orthodox Judaism in the mid-2000s.[21][22] As such, he does not perform, travel or work on Shabbat or on Jewish holidays. He has said that he lost one record deal opportunity due to this observance,[23] but has found other ways to continue his career successfully. Clare also keeps a strictly kosher diet, and maintains a schedule of Talmud study on tour.[24]

In 2006, before gaining critical success, Clare dated British singer Amy Winehouse, but the relationship lasted less than a year.[15] They met while he was performing and working at a bar she frequented, the Hawley Arms in Camden, North London.

He lived in Golders Green, an area in northwest London,[25] before moving to Jerusalem in late 2015 together with his family.[19]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
[28]
FRA
[29]
GER
[30]
SWI
[31]
US
[32]
The Lateness of the Hour 17 16 190 95 8 49 48
Three Hearts 98 -- -- -- 43 74 --
Tail of Lions
  • Released: 11 November 2016 (UK); 20 January 2017 (US)
  • Label: ETC Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Acoustic albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
[28]
FRA
[29]
GER
[30]
SWI
[31]
US
[32]
Three Days at Greenmount -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
[28]
CAN
[37]
DEN
[38]
FRA
[29]
GER
[30]
NL
[39]
SWI
[31]
US
[40]
"Up All Night" 2010 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The Lateness of the Hour
"Too Close" 2011 4 5 36 14 29 9 1 33 12 7
"Treading Water" 179 -- -- -- -- -- 59 -- -- --
"Hummingbird" 2012 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"War Rages On" 2014 53 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Three Hearts
"Never Let You Go" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Tell Me What You Need" 2016 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Tail of Lions
"Get Real" 2017 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[46]
AUS
[47]
BEL
(FLA)

[28]
BEL
(WA)

[48]
NL
[39]
NZ
[49]
"Not Giving In"
(Rudimental featuring John Newman and Alex Clare)
2012 14 12 54 77 71 11 Home
"Endorphins"
(Sub Focus featuring Alex Clare)
2013 10 -- 134 -- -- -- Torus
"Give It All"
(Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare and Kelis)
-- -- -- -- -- -- Non-album single
"Living"
(Bakermat featuring Alex Clare)
2016 -- -- -- -- -- --
"Heaven To Me"
(Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare)
2018 -- -- -- -- -- --

Other appearances

Title Year Album
"Give You Up"
(Rudimental featuring Alex Clare)
2012 Home
(Deluxe Version)

Music videos

As lead artist

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Up All Night" 2010 Blake Claridge[52]
"Too Close" 2011 Ian Bonhote[53]
"Treading Water" Sam Pilling[54]
"War Rages On" 2014
"Get Real" 2017 Shimmy Socol[55]

As featured artist

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Not Giving In"
(Rudimental featuring John Newman and Alex Clare)
2012 Josh Cole[56]

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2011 UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video - Budget "Relax My Beyond" Nominated
2013 Best Dance Video - UK "Not Giving In" (ft. John Newman & Rudimental) Won
International Dance Music Awards Best Breakthrough Artist (Solo) Himself Nominated
BRIT Awards British Single of the Year[57] "Too Close" Nominated
2014 ASCAP Awards Night Songwriter of the Year (with Jim Duguid)[18] Won
World Music Awards World's Best Video Nominated
World's Best Male Artist Himself Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated

References

  1. ^ Alex Clare Biography Archived 10 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. StarPulse. Retrieved 2 June 2013
  2. ^ Songwriter/Composer: CLARE ALEXANDER GEORGE[permanent dead link]. BMI Repertoire. Retrieved 2 June 2013
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (3 December 2010). "New band of the day - No 923: Alex Clare". London, UK: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Alex Clare album release".
  5. ^ a b "Alex Clare - Diplo and Switch's Superstar Turn". 1 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Brit Awards: Emeli Sande gets four nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2013
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Alex Clare". Pandora. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "SONG OF THE DAY #20 When Does cry - Alex Clare". Reggie Yates. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Biografie - Artiest - Biografie - NPO 3FM - Serious Radio". 3fm.nl.
  10. ^ "Queens' May Ball 2011". Queensball.com. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Alex Clare Talks Microsoft Ad, Amy Winehouse & Career Re-Start". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "The Web Comes to Life With New Internet Explorer Ad Featuring Singer Alex Clare". Microsoft.com. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Trust, Gary; Caulfield, Keith (28 March 2012). "Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare's Microsoft Boost; Shinedown's 'Bully' Bows". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "2012-05-05 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b Maeve McDermott (15 July 2012). "Meet Alex Clare, the voice behind 'Too Close'". USA Today.
  16. ^ "Alex Clare now with Republic Records". Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Alex Clare (2) - Three Hearts". Discogs. Retrieved .
  18. ^ a b "Co-writers Alex Clare and Jim Duguid, Bastille's Dan Smith and Universal Music Publishing Honored in London". ASCAP. 2014-10-09. Retrieved .
  19. ^ a b Copsey, Rob (14 November 2016). "Alex Clare on his new album, moving to Jerusalem and becoming a father". Retrieved .
  20. ^ "Alex Clare performs song Three Hearts from album Three Days in Greenmount". The Daily Telegraph. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Amy Winehouse's ex, Alex Clare, hits the big time". The Jewish Chronicle. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ Schreiber, Abby (23 July 2012). "Alex Clare Talks Hit Single, "Too Close" (And the Commercial That Made It Famous)". Papermag. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ Tzvi Gluckin. Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare. aish.com Retrieved 4 September 2014
  24. ^ "British pop star balances stardom and Orthodoxy". The Times of Israel. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "British pop sensation balances stardom, Orthodoxy". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com.
  26. ^ a b c Peak chart positions for singles and albums in the United Kingdom:
  27. ^ a b c "Discographie Alex Clare". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. 2012-04-20.
  28. ^ a b c d "Discographie Alex Clare". ultratop.be. Retrieved .
  29. ^ a b c "Discographie Alex Clare". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  30. ^ a b c "Discographie Alex Clare". charts.de. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  31. ^ a b c "Discographie Alex Clare". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. 2012-04-02.
  32. ^ a b "Alex Clare Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012-11-18.
  33. ^ "The Lateness Of The Hour". Amazon.com. 2012-11-18.
  34. ^ "British album certifications - Alex Clare". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2017.Select albums in the Format field. Type Alex Clare in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alex Clare)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2012.
  36. ^ "Three Hearts". Amazon.com. 2014-08-11.
  37. ^ "Alex Clare Album & Song Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012-11-18.
  38. ^ "Discography Alex Clare". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  39. ^ a b "Discografie Alex Clare". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  40. ^ "Alex Clare Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012-11-18.
  41. ^ a b "British single certifications - Alex Clare". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016.Select singles in the Format field. Type Alex Clare in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  42. ^ "Austrian certifications - Alex Clare" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2012.Enter Alex Clare in the field Interpret. Click Suchen.
  43. ^ "Alex Clare "Too Close"". ifpi.dk. March 4, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  44. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Alex Clare)". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012.
  45. ^ "American certifications - Clare, Alex". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012.
  46. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the United Kingdom:
  47. ^ "Discography Alex Clare". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  48. ^ "Discographie Alex Clare". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  49. ^ "Discography Alex Clare". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. 2012-11-18.
  50. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2017.
  51. ^ "New Zealand single certifications - Rudimental feat. John Newman and Alex Clare - Not Giving In". Recorded Music NZ. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  52. ^ "Up All Night | Alex Clare | Music Video". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  53. ^ "Too Close | Alex Clare | Music Video". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  54. ^ "Treading Water | Alex Clare | Music Video". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  55. ^ "Alex Clare - Get Real". YouTube. Retrieved 2018.
  56. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (22 October 2012). "Watch It: Rudimental f. Alex Clare "Not Giving In" (Josh Cole, dir.)". Video Static. Retrieved 2012.
  57. ^ "BRIT Awards 2013: Best British Single". Capital FM. 2013-01-10. Retrieved .

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Alex_Clare
 



 



 
Music Scenes