Amazing (Alex Young album)
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Amazing is the debut album by American pop singer-songwriter Alex Young. The album was released on 2 February 2009, under her label Anaka Records. The album was preceded by the single "Cold"' released on March 17, 2008 and later with the single "Heart Stop". The album was promoted by Walmart who distributed it in all of its stores in the United States and took Alex to be selected as a Walmart Soundcheck Riser as the "next best thing" and for the featured months Alex Young been the Walmart SoundCheck Riser artist. Although the album was released under an independent label, the album is the result of a project, like a major label, with the help of top producers and songwriters who have contributed to it.
Alex Young enters in the entertainment industry at very young, thanks to her participation in the children's television series Sesame Street where she spent two season. But the real passion of Alex Young has always been music, thanks to her parents who worked in the world of art and performance, and also to her grandmother who usually brought her and her brother, when she was young, to attend music show. At age 14, Alex released her first single, "Heart of America", a tribute song prompted by the 9/11 attacks who made her debut on the popular New York radio station, Z100, at only 14 years old. Several years later, Alex's parents, Stephen Young and Barbara Hockfiled, continued to help Alex in her music career and they founded in Montclair, New Jersey the label Anaka Records Entertainment where Alex released her debut album Amazing which became one of the few independent projects selected to be disturbed by Walmart.
The recording of the album started at the end of 2007 and early 2008. Alex Young's label and producer Troy Patterson signed a productions deal which brought her to the studio with a music team including Philip "Taj" Jackson, a two-time Grammy nominee and winner of the 2008 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award, Michelle Bell, and songwriters from Universal Music Group who have written for several artists and top producers such as Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg, the Bad Boy Records hitmaker Amadeus, Mysto & Pizzi and Deantoni. The album is the result of a musical experiment, to mix pop and dance music with different genres such as R&B, hip hop and funk. The album was released in 2009, first in digital format on iTunes, and later in CD format distributed in stores like Walmart, which distributed it in all its stores in the United States. According to Young during her interview with Walmart, the title Amazing came out in a very natural way, such as by the expression to the end of each recording, and for the track Amazing that ultimately gave the title to the album.
Thanks to the promotion of Walmart the album has received positive feedback. Because of the experimental sound, the album became one of the few independent projects selected to be disturbed by Walmart, and Young was selected as a Walmart Soundcheck Riser as the “next best thing” and for the featured months Alex Young been the Walmart SoundCheck Riser artist. Best match was between Alex Young and the world of teenager which filled the message boards of the social network of Alex Young, who made the artist a pop icon for the public of that band. Some tracks of the album as the first single "Cold" and "Heavy Breathing" became international hits and were go-to tracks for dance mix stations and web stations.
The album was preceded by the pop single "Cold", produced by Cutfather and Jonas Jeberg ,released on March 17, 2008, a music video for the single directed by William Garcia in Miami Beach, Florida and then with the up-beat single "Heart Stop" produced by Amadeus for which the video was recorded in New York City.
- Vocal credits and Technical credits
- Alex Young - primary artist, vocals, background vocals
- Philip "Taj" Jackson - composer, arranger, vocal producer
- Michelle Bell - composer arranger
- Cutfather - producer, composer, arranger
- Mysto & Pizzi - producer, composer, arranger
- Deantoni - producer, composer, arranger
- Jonas Jeberg - producer, composer, arranger
- Amadeus - producer, composer, arranger
- Buttaz - producer, composer, arranger
- Shanell Irving - composer
- J. Jennings - producer, composer, arranger
- T.Blacks - producer, composer, arranger
- James Gabriel - producer, composer, arranger
- James Ball - producer, composer, arranger
- Duke Williams - producer, composer, arranger
- Yung Berg - composer, featured guest, voice
- Bojan Dugic - engineer
- Earl Cohen - engineer
- Joe LaPorta - mastering
- Emily Lazar - mastering
- Managerial and creative credits
- Stephen Young - executive producer, management
- Barbara Hockfield - executive producer, management
- Troy Patterson - executive producer
- Jawan 'JAEPLEASE' Hill - executive producer, A&R
- Marisa Burano - management
- Blair Brodar - stylist
- Alethea Graham - hair
- Rie Omoto - Makeup
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