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"Made For You" (Single) now charting Top 50 at US alt radio (Mediabase). Now playing in movie theaters (23,000+ screens daily) and dept stores nationwide!!! Xander has spent the last 3 years on the road, touring the entire US several times as direct support (opening act) for several world renowned artists, including YouTube juggernauts The Pentatonix. He just wrapped a 30 city national tour as the special guest for Melissa Etheridge, ending Dec 12, 2014.
A few years ago Alexander launched his fan pages online. He now has a dedicated following of over 500,000 fans between all social media pages (including Instagram). He built his following from his songs featured in several popular TV shows, including ABC's Castle and the CW's long running One Tree Hill. The word seems to be spreading via electronic grass roots about his music.
He's been named #2 on Music Connection's "HOT 100 Unsigned Artists of the Year" for the second consecutive year! Last year he was winner of the HMMA's 'Best Song in a TV Show' (Hollywood Music in Media Awards) for "Traffic Lights" in the CW's 90210. And in 2012 he was the winner of the prestigious USA Songwriting Competition.
Alexander Cardinale (aka Xander) was born in Monterey, California. He was raised in a musically diverse home. His mother Laura was a disc jockey and manager of the local classical station, 92.7 KBOQ. As a young boy, Alexander was always encouraged to study the classics. His father Vince played the guitar and introduced Alexander to the iconic singer/songwriters of the 60s, 70s & 80s. When Alexander was 3 years old, he told his mom he wanted to play the violin. He began studying the Suzuki method with local teachers, and went on to be 1st chair violin at the local youth chamber orchestra.
Alexander now lives in Los Angeles where he works as a professional singer, songwriter, producer & actor. He has worked as an actor in Film, TV and Web Shows. He can be seen in his first starring role in Chad Peter's dark comedy "Apocalypse, CA" now available on DVD, Netflix & iTunes. He had a combined role (both on and off screen) when David Fincher cast him to play the jewish steel drummer in the film "The Social Network." Alexander was seen on screen as the steel drummer, but also wrote and recorded the steel drum music for the soundtrack to the scene as well.
Alexander works with producer, Morgan Taylor Reid. Morgan also produces/co-writes for other bands, including: Plug-In Stereo, The Ready Set, and the new Backstreet Boys comeback album, among others. Morgan had been producing Alexander since they met on college in 2005.
Recently, Alexander's song "Sick Of Dreaming," was the featured music montage in episodes of One Tree Hill (CW) and Rookie Blue (ABC). Other songs Alexander has written have been in episodes of Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Castle (ABC), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Friends With Benefits (NBC), 90210 (CW) & more. Alexander has also co-written (top-line) songs for other artists.
Today he continues to perform live across the country, establishing his position as an emotionally revealing and talented new artist. He is going to hit the road again soon to promote his new single Made For You, due out on 9/9/14.
In the current renaissance of pop singer/songwriters, Alexander Cardinale stands out with dense, contagious melodies and honest, poetic lyricism.