ALEX MILES

Biography

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Alex first began playing the piano naturally at the age of two and started lessons three years later.  At seven years-old she began to compose and regularly performed her own original solo piano and orchestral works to large public audiences. At 14 she became involved with her first professional band, performing at pubs and clubs on a regular basis. She has now been continually performing professionally all over the world for 25 years, both as a high-profile solo artist and as a member of approxinately 40 different bands.

 

As a natural transition Alex studied music to degree level where she took her final performance in opera (having gained entry as a pianist). She turned down a scholarship to study opera at The Royal Northern College of Music to concentrate on the popular side of music. After graduating she immediately began lecturing the new undergraduates in Musicology and Film/TV Music in an unprecedented post created by the Department of Popular Music.

 

Since university she has worked consistently as a session singer and player, as well as performing full-time professionally at functions both as a classical and popular artist. She has also written and produced hits for other global-selling artists.

 

She wrote, produced and engineered in the studio with her originals band for ten years in association with Universal Music and made the top 10 in the USA charts. They built up a substantial and loyal fan-base. She has also recorded and produced several albums as a solo artist and continues to work in the studio both on her own material and as an external producer to other bands and artists.

 

Alex has been greatly involved professionally with various stage productions, as musical director and vocal coach to the cast, rehearsal pianist and orchestral leader and is often employed to transcribe, arrange and orchestrate the music for such shows. In 2000 she and two colleagues set up a music production company and worked on hundreds of TV advertising campaigns, with Alex providing the vocals and voice-overs for commercials throughout the world, as well as primetime BBC1 trailers and BBC and commercial radio jingles throughout the UK, including Radio 1. She exclusively provided vocals for the entire UK commercial radio network for the Hit 40 UK national countdown chart every Sunday for five years, and still records regularly for television and radio.

 

She has toured the world with international signed bands and solo acts, playing stadiums throughout, and has also provided backing vocals for Enrique Iglesisas during a promotional tour which included various TV appearances. In 2007 she attained the resident slot at The Ritz Hotel in London, singing and playing weekly in the restaurant and casino. She now performs as the resident musician in The Dorchester and Savoy hotels in central London.

 

Recent non-live ventures

Weddings and Functions

General Appearances

Teaching

Alex taught singing, piano and GCSE music both in schools and privately for six years as well as tutoring BTEC and degree-level students in recording studio techniques and instrumental lessons. She left teaching in 2007 to make a solo trip for a year around the world, including an ascent of Mount Everest, before travelling through Asia, Indonesia, Australasia, the South Pacific and the USA. Alex then decided to relocate to southern France, living and working in Nice as a singer and pianist. Within one month of arriving was performing throughout the area every night, and had built up a considerable following. She returned to the UK in 2009 to continue high profile appearances and shows. In 2012 she made an arena tour of Australia with a multi-million-selling band.

 

 

With 25 years of professional function and wedding experience, Alex is highly adept at providing entertainment perfectly suited to each individual event. The experience she has amassed enables her to perform at the highest level.

She will provide your drinks reception, evening dinner or function with a subtle yet stunning piano/vocal accompaniment, and you are able to relax entirely in the knowledge that the entertainment is in the hands of a true professional with vast experience and ability.

She prides herself on impeccable timekeeping and will accommodate even the most stringent time-schedules, arriving and setting up/dismantling discreetly in plenty of time.

For special occasions such as weddings she will on request, learn specific songs that are personal to the bride and groom if they so wish.

 

 

Alex makes many solo public appearances at various bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants regularly and is happy to accept further bookings.

There have been significant and consistent rises in clientele numbers at many establishments upon her appearances, and she continues to maintain a large following.

 

 

If you would like to take some singing, piano or music theory lessons, or even brush up on some previous instrumental experience, Alex can provide excellent tuition, for all ages and abilities. She has a wealth of teaching experience on a one-to-one and group basis, and has received much praise from students about the rate of improvement, as well as her relaxed and easy learning style. All music and singing styles are catered for.

 

Alex is based in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. She will travel anywhere in the UK to perform and her act is completely self-sufficient.

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