Alex Clare Biography

Alex Clare Biography

Alex Clare, formerly known as Alexander G. Muertos (and sometimes referred to as Alex Claire), is a British singer-songwriter from London, England. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, was released in the UK on 11 July 2011 on Island Records, and was produced by Switch and Diplo.

Born in 1986 in London, England, Alex Clare grew up listening to his father’s jazz records, was drawn to blues and soul (Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder), and eventually drum‘n’bass and U.K. garage. Though Clare took up the trumpet and drums as a youngster, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open-mike nights with original material. A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the U.K. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, produced by Diplo (DJ)Diplo and Switch was released in July 2011. The first single from the album was “Up All Night,” followed by “Too Close” and “Treading Water.”

On 19 May 2011, Reggie Yates made Alex Clare’s cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” his “song of the day”. A day later, the Dutch radio station 3FM announced single “Too Close” to be the ‘3FM’s Megahit of that week.

On 21 June 2011, Clare performed at the Queens’ College, Cambridge May Ball. On 14 August 2011, Clare performed at the Summer Well festival in Buftea, Romania.

Before gaining critical success, Clare dated ill-fated singer Amy Winehouse for a year. They met while he performed and worked at a bar she frequented, The Hawley Arms in Camden, North London.

In 2012, Clare’s song “Too Close” was featured in a Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 commerical. Following its use in the commercial, the song debuted at #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Studio albums:

The Lateness of the Hour (2011) (UK chart peak: #159)

“Up All Night”
“Too Close”
“Treading Water” (20 May 2011)

Music videos:
“Too Close”
“Up All Night”
“Relax My Beloved”
“Treading Water”


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