Nashville recording artist Kirk Alexander will soon be releasing his debut CD "Stay", which is described as "heartfelt pop/rock with a southern edge", and will contain twelve tracks plus a bonus acoustic version of his song "Ferris Wheel", the catchy and moving confessional song about not missing out on true love. "People wonder about the title of that song, because you won't find it anywhere in the lyrics", Kirk says. "There is a loose reference to a ferris wheel in the second verse, which is actually a literal reference that refers to a very specific and emotional memory for me."
He goes on to say, "I really wanted to put my heart into this first record, in a simple way that hopefully people can relate to. I wanted to offer hope and encouragement to those that are in desperate need. Musically, it is definitely a reflection of my roots in classic country. Violin, dobro, and vocal harmony were all a strong priority." The CD will also include titles like "Some Sunny Day", "Okay Now", and "Never Alone", which is an upbeat song about the fear of losing a parent, and will be sure to please country and bluegrass fans. Kirk goes on to say, "This has been a wonderful project, and there is going to be something very special and unique that I am going to do for my fans when the CD is released. I can't wait."
Here's what one of the critics recently had to say about Kirk's music - "I have been a music journalist and "critic" for nearly 20 years for a variety of magazines and websites, and have written about thousands of artists and bands in that time in all genres. I know authenticity and soulful artistry when I hear it, and Kirk has it. His songs are melodic, infectious and lyrically compelling, but it's the heart and spirit behind his cool country-pop vibe that's ultimately most impressive." — Jonathan Widran, Music Connection, All Music Guide
Kirk Alexander was born Kirk Alexander Jackson, grew up in Montgomery Village, Maryland, USA, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Growing up with a strong country music influence from his mother, as a boy Kirk enjoyed listening to artists like Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich, Charlie Pride, Alabama, B.J. Thomas, Lynn Anderson, Anne Murray, and others. Later, Kirk was influenced by his father's love for Elvis Presley, as well as his cousin's love for southern rock's legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd. Eventually, he became a fan of all types of rock music, classic rock music, as well as various pop music, r & b, and easy listening.
Along the way, Kirk also developed an interest in helping to develop other musical artists, and has worked as a music producer with such amazing musical talents as Eddie Horst, Suzie Katayama, and legendary session guitarist Dean Parks. In 2013, Kirk also produced a country re-mix of the hit single "Be Your Everything" by the pop/rock band "Boys Like Girls".
As a vocalist and songwriter, Kirk is influenced by Elton John, Bryan Adams, and Rob Thomas, amongst many, many others. Some of Kirk's other musical influences include Collective Soul, John Mayer, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and The Rolling Stones to name a few.
As a professional actor, Kirk has starred in episodic television and has appeared as a lead and supporting actor in independent feature films, working with actors such as Jesse Metcalfe, Brandon Routh, Tracey Ullman, Will Forte, Shemar Moore, Dan Lauria, Richard Belzer, Clancy Brown, Andrew Robinson, and Lance Henriksen.
Kirk is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
"Hope … is why I do music … why I write songs, and why I sing", Kirk says, "and there is no greater feeling than having the opportunity to offer hope to another human being. As long as I can still be used in that way, I think I'll keep doing it!"
"Stay" will be available for purchase online towards the end of 2014.