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Gregg Alexander (born Gregory Aiuto; May 4, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the frontman of the New Radicals, who produced and co-wrote the international hit "You Get What You Give" in late 1998. Earlier in life he recorded two solo albums, Michigan Rain and Intoxifornication. He dissolved the New Radicals in 1999 to focus on production and songwriting work, winning a Grammy Award for the song "The Game of Love" in 2003. Later he co-penned songs for the film Begin Again, including "Lost Stars", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
|Birth name||Gregory Aiuto|
|Also known as|
|Born||May 4, 1970|
|Origin||Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, producer, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, bass|
|Labels||A&M, Epic, MCA, EMI, Warner-Chappell|
|Associated acts||New Radicals, Danielle Brisebois, Rick Nowels|
Early life and careerEdit
Gregg Alexander was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States, and raised in a conservative Jehovah's Witness household. He received his first guitar at the age of twelve and taught himself to play several instruments. Along with his sister, Caroline, they'd play the piano and Gregg would compose songs. At age fourteen Gregg joined the band The Circus, with classmates George Snow, John Mabarak, along with Gregg's older brother Stephen Aiuto. They played the 1984 high school 'battle of the bands', competing against John Lowery (John 5). By the age of sixteen, he signed his first recording contract with A&M after playing his demo tapes to producer Rick Nowels. He released his debut album Michigan Rain in 1989 at the age of nineteen, to little notice. In 1992, he signed to Epic and released Intoxifornication, which consisted largely of rereleased songs from Michigan Rain, and was again ignored.
In 1997, Alexander formed the New Radicals, a revolving-door band with no permanent members other than Alexander and long-term collaborator Danielle Brisebois. They released the album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too in October 1998, which went on to sell over one million copies. The single "You Get What You Give" was released that autumn and was an international hit.
It was not long after the New Radicals' success that Alexander became tired of the constant media attention and exhausting touring schedule. In July 1999, "Someday We'll Know" was announced as the band's second single, then, several days later, Alexander announced he was disbanding the New Radicals to focus on production work. He said that "the fatigue of traveling and getting three hours sleep in a different hotel every night to do boring 'hanging and schmoozing' with radio and retail people is definitely not for me". Despite disagreements with MCA, Alexander finally agreed to shoot a video for "Someday We'll Know"; but with the band now defunct, the song got little attention and the New Radicals became known as a one-hit wonder.
Since disbanding the group in summer 1999, Alexander has written and produced songs for artists including Ronan Keating, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Enrique Iglesias, Texas, Geri Halliwell, Melanie C, Mónica Naranjo, Rod Stewart, Hanson and fellow ex-New Radical Danielle Brisebois. Most noteworthy was the song "The Game of Love" by Santana and Michelle Branch, which earned Alexander a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2004 a new Alexander track, "A Love Like That", was released uncredited on the Internet. It was suspected to be a New Radicals outtake, as parts of the lyrics were found in the booklet for Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too.
He co-wrote and co-produced the music for the musical romance-drama film Begin Again, along with long-time collaborators Danielle Brisebois and Rick Nowels, as well as Nick Lashley. Their song Lost Stars, written for the film, was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards.
On November 4, 2014 Alexander appeared and performed publicly for the first time in fifteen years at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, singing "Lost Stars".
- For Gregg Alexander's releases with the New Radicals, see New Radicals' discography
- "In the Neighborhood" (1989)
- "Smokin' in Bed" (1992)
- "The Truth" (1992)
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- "Reason Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
- "Lost Without Each Other Australian release - HANSON.NET". hanson.net. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Scott Feinberg: "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Gregg Alexander Performs, Glen Campbell Feted" The Hollywood Reporter, November 5, 2014
- John Bush (November 25, 2003). "7 – Enrique Iglesias | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 9, 2014.