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Alex Clare

Alex Clare

British singer-songwriter
Alex Clare
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Intro British singer-songwriter
A.K.A. Alexander George Claire, Alexander Claire
Is Musician Composer Singer Songwriter
From United Kingdom
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 14 September 1985, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 36 years
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Alexander George "Alex" Clare (born 14 September 1985) is a British singer and songwriter. 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 and was produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer.

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.

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.

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 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. A day later, the Dutch radio station 3FM announced single "Too Close" to be the '3FM's Megahit of that week.

On 21 June 2011, Clare performed at the Queens' College, Cambridge May Ball. 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.

In March 2012, Clare's song "Too Close" was featured in several Internet Explorer 9 advertisements. Following its use, the song debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and later reached number 7, becoming his first top 10 hit. Clare saw success on the German charts too, reaching number one. On 16 May 2012, Clare's song peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. 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. In mid-2012, it was announced that Universal Republic was going defunct moving artists from its roster to Republic Records including Alex Clare.

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. "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".

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.

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. As such, he does not perform, travel or work on Shabbos or on Jewish holidays. He has said that he lost one record deal opportunity due to this observance, 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.

In 2006, before gaining critical success, Clare dated British singer Amy Winehouse, but the relationship lasted less than a year. They met while he was performing and working at a bar she frequented, the Hawley Arms in Camden, North London. Clare subsequently sold details of their relationship to the News of the World, which published it under the headline "Bondage Crazed Amy Just Can't Beehive in Bed."

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

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
AUT
BEL
FRA
GER
SWI
US
The Lateness of the Hour
  • Released: 11 July 2011 (UK)
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 16 190 95 8 49 48
  • BVMI: Gold
Three Hearts
  • Released: 11 August 2014 (UK)
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
98 43 74
Tail of Lions
  • Released: 11 November 2016 (UK); 20 January 2017 (US)
  • Label: ETC
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" 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
AUT
BEL
CAN
DEN
FRA
GER
NL
SWI
US
"Up All Night" 2010 The Lateness of the Hour
"Too Close" 2011 4 5 36 14 29 9 1 33 12 7
  • BPI: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Gold
  • IFPI DEN: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
"Treading Water" 179 59
"Hummingbird" 2012
"War Rages On" 2014 53 Three Hearts
"Tell Me What You Need" 2016 Tail of Lions
"—" 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
AUS
BEL
(FLA)
BEL
(WA)
NL
NZ
"Not Giving In"
(Rudimental featuring John Newman and Alex Clare)
2012 14 12 54 77 71 11
  • BPI: Silver
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

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
"Too Close" 2011 Ian Bonhote
"Treading Water" Sam Pilling

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

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2013 BRIT Awards British Single of the Year "Too Close" Nominated
2014 ASCAP Awards Night Songwriter of the Year (with Jim Duguid) "Too Close" Won
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