Tuesday, September 17, 2013

09/17 Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw is a 12 year old lead guitar prodigy, who is currently the front "man" in his own band. Backed by various professional, seasoned musicians, The Alex Shaw Band has become quite well known in this area because of it's uniqueness. This 12 year old rock star lights up the stage with his Classic Rock and Blues and has been wowing crowds with his talent from coast to coast.

Alex has only been playing guitar for about 4 years, but started performing only 3 months after picking up the guitar. Alex can be seen performing both locally and nationally 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. Local radio hosts from the Gater 98.7 and Wild 95.5, have raved about Alex on the airways after seeing him perform. Alex was also interviewed on various local radio stations.

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 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 is also being sought after by the casting directors of America's Got Talent and was invited to a private audition in front of producers this past November.

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 issue of the magazine.

This young artist is making his name known both locally and nationally performing at such venues as, BB King's blues Club (West Palm Beach), Seminole HardRock Casino (Hollywood, Florida) Bitter End (NYC's oldest and most famous rock club) to name a few. Alex has also performed at conventions in Nashville, Las Vegas and New York and most recently, at age 12 toured Chicago with the School of Rock Allstars and played such venues as Metro Chicago, Beat Kitchen and Lollapalooza 2013.

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!



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