“…You are the only one slowing you down…” Participate in your life, don’t be a spectator. That’s the message from “Live A Little“, the debut single from Elektra Nashville’s Dean Alexander. With a sound all his own, sprinkled with bits of Blake Shelton and JT Hodges, Dean’s vocals make you want to stop watching and start enjoying.
The sound is classic country with a modern spin. Think soulful crooner, influenced by Dwight Yoakam and Chris Issak country sound. Co-written with Laura Veltz, the song will impact radio July 21.
He doesn’t just sing the words, he’s lived them.
“Music is a healing thing for me. It’s a fire I’ve always had, when I had nothing else. It’s like some people take a pill to fix this, or drink this to cure that. Music is that medicine for me.”
Dean came to Nashville eight years ago.
“Ever since I was young, I’ve always been instilled with a bit of faith. I’m a massive believer in dreams, and how you make them come true. When I pulled into town, I had literally a hundred dollars and that was it. It was just all blind faith, man.”
Living in his car, playing clubs on Lower Broadway, and working odd jobs to survive. One of the jobs was landscaping work in Barbara Orbison’s garden. She came out to talk to him and he gave her a CD of his songs. Two weeks later she gave him his first publishing deal.
Faith. Life. Living.