Abraham Alexander on World Cafe
Abraham Alexander
Studio Session
  • "Tears Run Dry"
  • "Knee Deep"
  • "Déjà Vu"

A screenwriter might’ve scrapped the next part of Alexander’s story because it feels sort of implausible: He had a run-in with a music producer while working at a bank.

“They told me they were producing this guy named Leon Bridges and asked if I could sing,” he says.

We won’t spoil all of the details, but it’s a remarkable series of events that brings us to the present, wherein Alexander’s released his debut album, SEA/SONS. The record features Gary Clark Jr. and Mavis Staples, and Alexander pulls from his personal story: The son of Nigerian parents, Alexander was born in Greece, and his family immigrated to Texas when he was a child.

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World Cafe: 08/29/2023