With graduate degrees in Theology and Social Work, Harvard training in Adolescent Counseling and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership – along with a passion for humanitarianism – it’s fair to say that Alex Harris isn’t your average singer-songwriter. It’s also a pretty safe bet that he knows a thing or two about how to relate and connect to others. Sprinkle in his family gospel group background, and sharing the stage with icons like Al Green, Aretha Franklin and Kirk Franklin, and you’ve got an authentic, talented vocalist with a knack for speaking to your soul. It all comes together on his new EP entitled, Frequency.
The 6-track collection of vintage soul is steeped in traditional gospel and southern blues, but with a crisp, modern finish. For the listener, it’s an impressive introduction to his talent, but for Alex, it’s so much deeper than putting on a good show. “I believe that music is one of the most powerful frequencies of the universe. Therefore, its frequencies can evoke various emotions that can lead to inspiring the human spirit to love, hope or heal,” he explains.
Love is a common theme throughout the album, but it doesn’t focus on just one aspect. The first half is dedicated to romantic relationships (both good and bad), while the latter half focuses on family ties and love for your fellow man. Highlights include the amorous serenade “Falling For You,” social justice anthem “FSKOW (Feel Some Kind Of Way),” heartwarming ode to family “Entangled” and “Humanity,” a stirring plea for change written during the pandemic lockdown. Mr. Harris sounds like a combination of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Anthony Hamilton. In other words, the brotha can sing – straight from his gut and right into your soul.