Wishing I Had Wings

Matthew Alexander

The Flying Burrito Brothers meet Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Scaggs. An eclectic mix of pop/folk original and cover songs featuring stellar musicianship, vocals and crisp production.

Matthew Alexander has been a guitarist/singer/songwriter for the past forty years. He was discovered at age 16 at a summer camp by legendary songwriter Lou Stallman ("Gonna Take A Miracle" and "Round and Round"). Alexander had 12 songs published by Bornwin Music in New York City by the time he was 17 years old one of which was "held" by the Turtles. He was a frequent headliner while at Harvard University at folk clubs in Boston and Cambridge and, during this time, once opened for Bonnie Raitt (he also opened for Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel in th 70s).

Since then, Alexander has recorded five critically acclaimed albums for Caravan Records based in his adoped home town of Charlotte, North Carolina. His music has appeared nationally and internationally on radio and has been featured on television. He has won multiple awards for his songwriting and has been favorably compared to James Taylor and John Hiatt. He has performed throughout the USA at such venues as the Ark, the New South Music Showcase, the Double Door, the Visulite and Kenny's Castaways in NYC. His influences include Gordon Lightfoot, the Beatles, Laura Nyro and Bruce Hornsby.

Wishing I Had Wings features Alexander on lead vocals and guitar backed by North Carolina stand out musicians such as Jamie Hoover (the Spongetones), David Johnson and Houston Roper. The record was produced and engineered by legendary producer Steve Haigler, and composer/pianist Richard Putnam. Recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in 1987. Wishing I Had Wings has since been remixed, remastered and redesigned for a fall 2011 release. The disc features the cover "I Remember You" and includes three bonus tracks recorded after the original record was made. John Grooms of Creative Loafing said of this album in 1987: "crisp pop/folk...beautifully recorded...direct and honest...this LP put me through some changes". The changes that have been made to the original record transcend its original impact and deserve a careful listening by all music afficianodos.

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