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Straight from a sold-out Broadway run performing
with Liza Minnelli now …

“Swell”

Debut Album from
Cortés Alexander
CD Releases March 16th


Cortés
Alexander
has to be one of busiest and talented men in show business—having just finished a sold-out Broadway run performing with Liza Minnelli in “Liza’s At The Palace…!”, he also just completed recording his first solo album, Swell, releasing on March 16th.  Produced by McKay Garner, “Swell” combines Cortés’ smooth vocals with a medley of pop, jazz, and R&B flavor. A handsome and seasoned performer, he has toured the world and sung with music legends including Sheryl Crow, Elton John, and Luciano Pavarotti.  Notable appearances include PBS’ Great Performances honoring Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall, as well as guest appearances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Swell” is an eclectic melange of originals and covers with an emphasis on lush vocal harmonies & arrangements. Cortés found his producer, McKay Garner, through a guitar-playing pal, Kevin Holmes and two years and many drum loops later, “Swell” was born. This solo debut album brings about a unique collection of songs that reflects the influences of Prince, Luther Vandross, and Keith Urban, with just that right touch of lounge.

About the album, Cortés has said,“R&B, jazz, pop or country…if it feels good and sounds good, do it!
I can’t imagine not writing music and singing. It’s like breathing to me, and along the way, if I can tell a good story or sing a track that makes people want to move, it’s all I can ask.”

Cortés Alexander has been singing and performing since the age of 13, first with a pop/jazz vocal group he formed called “The Tonics” then with his second vocal group the “Cortés Alexander Trio.” He is a veteran of more than 100 national commercials, voiceovers, and print campaigns and can be heard on Liza Minnelli’s latest CD, “Liza’s At The Palace…” “Swell” is available by visiting www.cortesalexander.com or cdbaby.com.

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Genres: pop/jazz/nu soul

 The track listing of “Swell” is as follows:
1. Every Other Thought
 2. Marguerite
 3. Any Day Now
 4. It's All Right
 5. Parade
 6. Empty Walls
 7. Last Train to Clarksville
 8. If I Only Had a Brain
 9. Roam
 10. Rise
 11. Never my Love
 12. Couldn't Ask For More
 13. Pilot Bird
 14. Love'll Come & Do Just That
 15. Was it You?
 16. Swell

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Cortés Alexander: B’way: Most recently “Liza’s At The Palace”, “Marilyn-an American Fable”, “Street Heat”. Off B’way, “Pedro & Pete” (dir. Patricia Birch), “Buster Breakers Insomnia” (dir. Evan Yionoulis). Regional, “Beyond Therapy” (John Anson Ford, L.A.) “Alone Together” w/ Florence Henderson & Robert Reed (La Mirada) “The Education of Randy Newman” South Coast Reperatory (dir. Matt Casella). “Empire” (Hudson Theatre, L.A.) Four years of S.T.A.G.E benefits directed by David Galligan with his vocal group, The Tonics (Varese Sarabande). While with the Tonics, they won 2 MAC awards &1 Backstage Bistro award for Vocal Group of the Year, & were featured in the PBS special “Great Performances: Sondheim, A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” (BMG Classics). Other T.V. appearances include “Comic Relief VII”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, the “Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, & “The Late Late Show w/ Tom Snyder”, as well as over 100 commercials & voice-overs. He was also the voice of Nyquil for 3 years. He formed “The Cortés Alexander Trio” for Liza Minnelli’s world tour, where special venues included The Sporting Club in Monaco, Davie s Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Kremlin in Moscow,  Michigan State University and Bloomingdales. The trio also made guest appearances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel, & the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Richard Kaufman. Cortés was a piano major at the Juilliard School of Music’s pre-college division, & a theatre major at Cal Arts. He has recently completed his solo debut CD titled “Swell” which is available through cdbaby.com, itunes & Cortesalexander.com. He is also a 2 time singles champion at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club where he makes his home.


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