Alex Mejias is a singer-songwriter from Charlottesville, VA who is winning over music fans way beyond the borders of Central Virginia. His vocals immediately grab your attention and his songs make you sing along. With a sound that is reminiscent of the...
Alex Mejias is a singer-songwriter from Charlottesville, VA who is winning over music fans way beyond the borders of Central Virginia. His vocals immediately grab your attention and his songs make you sing along. With a sound that is reminiscent of the Beatles meet David Wilcox with a bit of Seal, his music is quickly generating a widespread fanbase. Before setting out on his own, Alex Mejias shared lead vocals duties in the band Portrait of Another and toured on drums with Nashville rock band Florez. In February 2007, Alex began his solo project, finding his own voice in songwriting and honing his skills as a live performer. His trademark groove and high energy bring each song to life and concerts are full of the intensity and sonority that have made Mejias’s songs popular with his growing grassroots network of fans. With a fresh set of recently completed songs, Alex is poised to turn heads and become the newest addition to Charlottesville’s growing list of music success stories.
He's Holding Court in Ballroom by The Daily Progress -- 1/25/08 If you are going to make it in the music business, you figure you are going to spend a lot of time hanging out at the bar.Alex Mejias did.But the University of Virginia graduate didn't follow the...
Charlottesville Radio Shout Out by Brad Savage, 106.1 The Corner Alex Mejias plays well-crafted, memorable songs with heartfelt lyrics. He's an artist to watch, and already has built a very dedicated fan base...take the time to listen to his music without...
He's Holding Court in Ballroom by The Daily Progress -- 1/25/08 If you are going to make it in the music business, you figure you are going to spend a lot of time hanging out at the bar.
Alex Mejias did.
But the University of Virginia graduate didn't follow the usual route of soaking up the suds on one side or supplementing his dream by serving as the bartender on the other. Instead, the law school grad went to the Big Apple and passed the New York Bar Exam this past February.
Six months later he hung out his shingle as ? a solo musician.
On Thursday night Mejias will be at the Satellite Ballroom to celebrate the release of his first solo pop-rock CD. His self-titled disc was recorded in Nashville and produced by Andy Hunt, who has worked with the likes of Buddy Guy, Good Charlotte, Glen Phillips and Jars of Clay.
Music has been such a big part of my life," Mejias said. "I was not walking through law school thinking I was going to be a musician, but doors kept opening for me.
One of those doors was at a Florez concert.
I sort of fell into it," he said. "I went to the concert and met the band, and they needed a drummer.
The next thing you know, Mejais was taking a semester off from law school to go on tour with the Richmond-based pop-rockers.
Florez has since moved to Nashville - a couple of members of the band will be coming back to Charlottesville to perform at Satellite on Thursday - but Mejias returned to the books. Still, he left the door open.
I had a great time with the band, but I knew I wanted to finish law school," he said. "I dialed it back some, but I still arranged my schedule so that I would have Friday through Sunday free.
Good thing, because he spent the next year as the guitarist and lead singer for Portrait of Another.
We played almost every weekend," he said. "We played Starr Hill several times. It was mainly around town, but with Florez, we toured from here to Florida and Michigan.
It was difficult, but somehow, he balanced both worlds - worlds that he has been straddling for a very long time.
I've been interested in music since I was five or six years old," he said, "but when I went to college, I never really thought of music as a practical field.
With my family dynamics, I was always arguing. My parents kept telling me that I argued so much, that I should be a lawyer," he said with a laugh.
And so he is. He's a lawyer with a full-time musical career.
I've sure been blessed," he said, "super blessed.
And whether he ends up in a courtroom or in a coliseum singing about justice, he still has a goal of wanting to help people. You see, Alex Mejias isn't just a lawyer. He isn't just a musician. He's a genuinely nice guy.
When he was a UVa student, he didn't spend his spring break in sand-covered bars. He went on UVa's alternative spring breaks to help others in need. He also interned one summer with Legal Aid here in town and he worked with a non-profit urban rights project in D.C.
I really wanted to be involved with community development and international human rights," he said.
Even his musical skills have been put to good use. Every Sunday night you can catch him at Christ Episcopal Church, where he heads up the music for the Anglican College Ministry's weekly service. (You can hear some of his arrangements of classic hymns on "High Street Hymns," a CD he recorded with former ACM band member Ross Byrd.)
Indeed, Mejias is a man of many professions. A musician of many genres.
If you want to make a living as a musician, it is hard to do it in just one area," he said. "Many musicians fill in as session players or they teach music lessons. You have got to play where you can.
I just love to play music, no matter where it is.
- Mary Alice Blackwell, Daily Progress Staff Writer
Charlottesville Radio Shout Out by Brad Savage, 106.1 The Corner Alex Mejias plays well-crafted, memorable songs with heartfelt lyrics. He's an artist to watch, and already has built a very dedicated fan base...take the time to listen to his music without distraction.
Ryan Muldoon on Alex Mejias by Richmond Times-Dispatch Mejias' music is a welcome addition for fans of Jackson Browne or more contemporary artists such as Josh Rouse and John Mayer.