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At only 23, (and with the flurry of activity that accompanies a rising
star,) it seems like Alex J. Robinson's bio is being re-written almost
It all started when she began singing at the age of eight in her
hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. All the performing for family and
friends had prepped her for the competitions that were to come. At 11
she came in fourth in the Canadian Open Country Music Competition
(no small accomplishment for one so young) and she returned the
following year to take second place.
And she's been singing ever since.
Flash to September of 2007, when she was the first unknown artist to
be asked to perform at the Canadian Country Music Awards Gala
dinner, which that year was held in Regina. Her powerful performances
of two songs from her then as-yet-to-be-released debut album
impressed the crowd of music industry insiders and help set up the
roller coaster rise that continues to this day.
By January of the new year, Breakin' On The Love Thing, one of the
songs she performed that day, had cracked the top 20, (peaking
nationally at number 16) when it was released as her first single to
radio. The second single and first video release, That's Who I Am,
made it to number 7 on CMT's Cross Canada Countdown and set up
the release of Don't Waste My Time. Her fourth and current single, The
Other Woman and it's accompanying video (directed by Alex Colthart)
is a fan favorite and one of the crowd pleasers at the live shows.
By March, Alex was part of an Ontario Tourism television/radio/web
campaign entitled There's No Place Like This, which featured her
singing a song of the same name. Because her name was not supered
on the screen, people from coast to coast googled Ontario tourism &
there's no place like this, and soon everyone was beginning to find
who "pretty blonde with the killer voice" was.
On March 7, 2008, at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, in conjunction
with Canadian Music Week, Alex J. Robinson was the proud recipient of
the FACTOR Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Breakin' On The
Love Thing was also nominated for Country Single of the Year.
March 16th saw Alex perform a showcase/release party (at Toronto's
famed Revival club) that was described as "nothing short of
triumphant". All in attendance knew they were witnessing the arrival
of a new Canadian country-star-in-the-making and she signed with the
prestigious Agency Group to represent her the next day.
Her debut album, Never Say Never was released 9 days later on March
25, The album was produced by her co-writer and musical mentor Tim
Thorney, whose production credits include Alanis Morissette, Jimmy
Rankin, Brian Byrne, The Ennis Sisters and Chisai Jackson among
By summer, she and her band were supporting the album with
performances across the country, sharing the bill with the likes of
Randy Travis, Shane Yellowbird, Crystal Shawanda, Johnny Reid, Doc
Walker, The Higgins, Aaron Pritchett, Jason Blaine and even Kenny
Rogers. The entire month of July saw a two minute artist profile piece
run in every Cineplex theatre in the country thanks to interest taken in
Alex by SIRIUS Radio Canada.
Almost exactly one year later, having been again invited to perform at
the Canadian Country Music Awards Gala luncheon (this time in
Winnipeg) she showed the Canadian Music Industry just how far she
had come in so short a time. Her performance was stellar, and
although she didn't win the award she was nominated for (Top New
Talent - Female), she proved that AJR more than deserved to be there.
Alex's spent the last year recording her brand new CD The Getaway.
Now in store and available on iTunes. This album showcases
everything she has learned on her journey and will prove to you what
shes really made of! Look out for Alex this year on tour! Enjoy!