Praised by critics for having a voice with the same grain and range as Otis Reading, Alexander O’Neal came to prominence as an RnB singer in both the US and UK territories with a stream of hits that included ‘If You Were Here Tonight’, ‘Saturday Love’, ‘Never Knew Love Like This’ and ‘Fake’.
Orginally signed in his early days by the late legend ‘Prince’, he has secured his name in the R&B history books, with a career that has spanned over thirty years. His much loved, chart smash ‘Criticize’ is still lighting up dance floors across the world today and became integral to the soundtrack of the teenage years of Generation X.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Alexander has created a cult appreciation across the globe, that transends age and genre. His back catalogue transporting his singles into the UK and Billboard top tens as well as a triple platinum selling album and ever expanding discography. Having flirted briefly with and quickly shunned a celebrity TV career, Alexander’s heart is firmly in music and he remains loyal to the thousands who buy his records, with an ever present passion to keep his sound alive and contemporary.
2018 will see the release of Alexander’s first studio album for 15 years, a sensational blues album, with an undeniable maturity to his great soul voice. He has also been in the studio re- recording his most famous album, the million selling smash ‘Hearsay’. Earlier last year, he released his hard hitting, blockbuster autobiography, and has undertaken what will become a 50 date UK tour to celebrate 30 years of the album.
Alexander is looking forward to stepping into the footsteps of his hero Marvin Gaye, when he ends April’s tour on the hallowed stage of The London Palladium. He will be playing all of his hits and some new material. In his own words, Alexander says:
“It’s gonna be a party and kind of right , you know it!”
Listen to Jacqui’s chat with Alexander.