born on 4/5/1972 in Grosse Pointe, MI, United States
Alias Gregory Aiuto
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.
Early life and career
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 highschool 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 re-released songs from Michigan Rain and was again ignored.
In the mid-1990s, Alexander busked in Tompkins Square Park and Central Park.
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 a million copies. The single "You Get What You Give" was released that fall and was an international hit.
It was not long after the New Radicals' success that Alexander became tired of the constant media attention and exhaustive touring schedule. In July 1999, "Someday We'll Know" was announced as the band's second single. However, 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 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.
AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine described him as "the catchiest, smartest professional mainstream pop songwriter of the early 2000s."
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.
A new song entitled "Why Can't We Make Things Work" written by Alexander (and Rick Nowels) was released by Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead in November 2007, on his self-titled album.
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".
Alexander assisted with production of The Struts' reissued album, Everybody Wants. He co-wrote two songs on the album: "The Ol' Switcheroo" and "Put Your Money on Me".
Alexander co-wrote and provided backup vocals for Spencer Ludwig's 2016 single, "Right Into U".
- Gregg Alexander co-wrote and produced "The Game of Love" by Santana and Michelle Branch, as well as four songs on Enrique Iglesias' album 7, under the pseudonym Alex Ander.
- Alexander uses the alias Cessyl Orchestra on the soundtrack for the film Begin Again.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo released a cover of Alexander's song "The World We Love So Much" on his 2007 release Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.
- For Gregg Alexander's releases with the New Radicals, see New Radicals' discography
- Michigan Rain (1989)
- Intoxifornication (1992)
- "In the Neighborhood" (1989)
- "Smokin' in Bed" (1992)
- "The Truth" (1992)
- "Promise Tomorrow Tonight" (1994, duet with Danielle Brisebois on her album Arrive All Over You)
- "A Love Like That" (2003, digital download)
- "Gregg Alexander's Personal Information". Angelfire.com. November 7, 1997. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
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- "Reason Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- Scott Feinberg (November 5, 2014). "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Gregg Alexander Performs, Glen Campbell Feted". The Hollywood Reporter.
- John Bush (November 25, 2003). "7 – Enrique Iglesias | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
- Gregg Alexander on IMDb