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Alex Shaw is a 14 year old lead guitarist who has been rockin' the stage locally, nationally and internationally since the age of 8. With nearly 2 million hits on his Youtube videos, Alex's fan base does not limit itself to local fans. Alex has been wowing audiences and industry professionals from coast to coast and abroad, astonishing even the most seasoned musicians. His classic rock genre along with his popularity reaches an audience of all ages. His energy, professionalism, and his crazy guitar skills gives Alex a unique ability to engage his audience, definitely leaving the crowd wanting more!
Alex has only been playing guitar for about 6 years, but started performing only 3 months after picking up the guitar. Along with performing, Alex has a passion for volunteering his time and talents at various local charity events to help raise money for those less fortunate.
In March 2011, Alex was featured at the "Rock Out Kid's Cancer" Music Festival in Jupiter, Florida, making a special appearance with the headlining band, Big Vince and the Phat Cats and also sharing the stage with legendary saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, long time member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, just before his passing.
In 2009, at only 9 years old, Alex's accomplishments earned him an artist endorsement with one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the world, Samick Music Corporation. Alex is considered Samick's youngest endorser and proudly rocks Samick Greg Bennett designed guitars. As a Samick artist, Alex has had the privilege to attend the 2011, 2012 2013 & 2014 NAMM Shows, (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim California, one of the largest trade shows in the music industry, where Alex represented Samick Music and demonstrated his guitar skills before 10's of thousands of people.
In 2011, Alex was discovered on YouTube by Barbara Strauss, executive producer for the Sarasota Blues Fest, and was chosen to participate and be featured in her latest project, a kid's TV pilot called "Harmony's Kitchen;" which is a show that features child prodigy musical talents. During the shoot, Alex was privileged to work and record with legendary producer Bud Snyder (Allman Bros) and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Allman Bros. bassist)
In fall of 2011, Alex was one of the opening acts for the 21st Annual Sarasota Blue Fest. It is traditional for the Blues Fest to invite a young musical prodigy to open the show and Alex was honored to be in the line-up with such great national acts as Shaun Murphy (Little Feat, Meatloaf, Bob Seger) and grammy award winning band, Los Lobos.
Also in 2011, Alex's Youtube videos also caught the attention of the producers of the Ellen Degeneres Show who called him up and interviewed him with interest of Alex making an appearance on the Ellen Show. He has also being sought after by the casting directors of America's Got Talent and was invited to a private audition in front of producers.
In March of 2013, Alex was invited to perform at Runaway Country, a three-day music festival which featured headlining bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lady Antebellum, Charlie Daniels, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Craig Morgan, and more. While he was performing he was noticed by the writers and photographers from US Rockstar Magazine, who interviewed him and featured a story about Alex in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
This young artist is making his name known both nationally and internationally performing at such venues as, BB King's blues Club (West Palm Beach, Orlando), Seminole HardRock Casino (Hollywood, Florida) Bitter End (NYC's oldest and most famous rock club) Elvis Presley's Graceland (Memphis, TN) to name a few. Alex has also performed at conventions in Nashville, Las Vegas and New York. At age 12 Alex toured Chicago with the School of Rock Allstars and played such venues as Metro Chicago, Beat Kitchen and Lollapalooza 2013 & The Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival 2014 in Connecticut. Alex also had his first international experience in 2013 performing at the FREX Exhibition in Fredericton, Canada.
In February 2014, Alex rocked the world famous Whisky A-Go Go in Hollywood California with members of a new project he has recently gotten involved with, the sensational international kid rock band, The Robotix!
Alex is an old soul, mature beyond his years, inspired by all of the great guitar legends and determined to follow in their footsteps. If he keeps it up, I'm sure we'll be hearing great things about this kid! It is safe to say that the future of Rock n' Roll is in good hands!