Here at Madison Records, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Alex Tru, a uniquely talented young artist, over the past few years. As we all eagerly await the release of her upcoming album, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce Alex to the public. In this interview, you get a glimpse into the life of someone who we think will soon be well-known throughout the southeast and the entire United States.
MR: When did you first start singing or performing?
AT: I’ve sung in church since I was four years old. But it was as a teenager that I really became committed to the craft. I started writing songs at 12, and by 16 I knew music was what I wanted to do with my life.
MR: What was it that provided that turning point for you, that helped you realize music was more than just a hobby for you?
AT: It was actually when my dad took me to see Purple Rain. It was more like going to a concert than watching a movie, and I was just totally entranced by Prince, his showmanship, and his talent. I loved Prince’s range and how he could do all those things with his voice. It not only made me want to learn to control my voice that way, but also to be on stage, bringing my music out to people.
MR: In addition to Prince, who are some of the other artists that have influenced you?
AT: Well, my dad is a white man from Kentucky, and my mom is a black woman from Atlanta, Georgia, so they each have different taste in music, and both exposed me to a lot of different styles. I grew up listening to Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash, the Oak Ridge Boys, and John Anderson, as well as the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty. From classic country to classic rock!
I think those influences show through in my own music. I definitely have a country style, in how my melodies come out and the fact that I use music as a way to tell stories. But I also have been told I don’t fit into the country mold. I’ve used that as a challenge, to enhance and improve my own unique voice. When I auditioned for American Idol and was told I wouldn’t be moving forward because the said Nashville wasn’t ready for what I was doing, I took that as a challenge. My independent attitude definitely comes through in my music.
MR: What would you say drives your music?
AT: For me, music is an emotional outlet. I started writing songs when I was a kid as a way to deal with some of the things I was going through. I faced a lot of racism and bullying at school in Gwinnett County, because I was the child of a mixed marriage. Writing was how I dealt with that, and still today it’s how I work through my emotions.
MR: The influence of fellow musicians is important, but even more important are the people in our own lives. Who has helped you grow into your career as a musician?
AT: First, I would really have to say I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my parents. They’re such great role models to me, having stayed strong in their marriage and providing the foundation of this family for me and my two brothers.
Also, a few years ago I started working with a vocal coach, Celia Doughty of the SOS Band. She really helped me learn to control my vocals and get the sound that I want. A lot of times vocal coaches will train your voice to how they would best represent it, but Celia as taught me to embrace my inner self, and let it shine through.
MR: What has it been like working with Madison Records to produce your first album?
AT: Recording in the studio was the most amazing experience. I love that I am working in a place where it’s just me and my music. And Tanner, Wyatt and Jim Barber have all been great to work with. They’ll spend hours working with me until we get things just right. Not only are they all very talented, but they also really made me feel comfortable.
Learn more about Alex at https://www.alextrumusic.com.