Prince Charles Alexander

Prince Charles Alexander
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Background information
Born (1958-04-02) April 2, 1958 (age 63)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresR&B, funk, electro, hip-hop
Occupation(s)Record producer, audio engineer

Charles Alexander (born April 2, 1958), known professionally as Prince Charles Alexander, is an American record producer and audio engineer. He received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2003.

Background[]

Alexander was born in Boston and is a graduate of Boston Latin School.[1] He holds an M.S. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.[2][unreliable source?]

His funk/electro band, "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band"[3] recorded three albums on Virgin Records from the early to mid-1980s.[4] Alexander fronted the group as the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, with a focus on the wind synthesizer called the "Lyricon" in recordings and in live performances.

Production and engineering career[]

Alexander disbanded his funk group in the mid-1980s and began focusing on audio engineering. After the switch, he became a multi-platinum recording engineer, mixing engineer and producer for clients that include Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Usher, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, X-Clan, Brandy, Babyface, Sting and Aretha Franklin.[5] He mixed and recorded the Notorious B.I.G.'s One More Chance at The Hit Factory.[6] Alexander earned more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA[citation needed] and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2003.[7]

Alexander is a Professor in the Music Production & Engineering Department[8] at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[9] He simultaneously held an Adjunct Instructor position at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,[10] teaching Music Production from 2006 to 2014. In 2006, Alexander also taught Audio Technology at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC.[citation needed] He has lectured at the City College of New York in Manhattan, the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway,[11] and the Cape Town Academy at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.[12] He is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors,[13] the Audio Engineering Society (AES)[14] and the Musician's Union Local 802 in New York City.[15]

References[]

  1. ^ "With gift to alma mater, producer takes step to heal old wounds". Archive.boston.com.
  2. ^ "Full Interviews". africanamericanbls.weebly.com.
  3. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Prince Charles and the City Beat Band". Trouserpress.com.
  4. ^ "♫ Greatest Hits 1979-1984, Vol. 1 - Prince Charles & the City Beat Band. Listen @cdbaby". Cdbaby.com.
  5. ^ "Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander - Crs - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Henderson, Richard (October 25, 1997). "Sonic Signposts: The sound of the city by decade". Billboard. p. 30.
  7. ^ Prince Charles Alexander at AllMusic
  8. ^ "Prince Charles Alexander - Berklee College of Music". Berklee.edu.
  9. ^ "Become An Audio Engineer: Top Recording Schools - DJ TechTools". Djtechtools.com. October 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music - NYU". Clivedavisdept.tisch.nyu.edu.
  11. ^ "Forskningsforum Hip Hop & Prince - Institutt for musikkvitenskap". Hf.uio.no.
  12. ^ "The Cape Town Music Academy - CTMA, SU & Berklee City Music Outreach 2017". ctma.co.za.
  13. ^ "Producers & Engineers Wing". Grammy.org. October 18, 2010.
  14. ^ "AES - Audio Engineering Society". Aes.org.
  15. ^ "New Members' Orientation". Associated Musicians of Greater New York.

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