Alex Miller Interview

Alex Miller Interview

By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Alex Miller has already secured his place in the global consciousness and in the hearts of music lovers alike with his larger-than-life personality, tireless work ethic and four high-impact singles: “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me,” “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” “Through With You,” and “When God Made The South.” Building on the popularity he earned during American Idol, Season 19 and embracing the lessons he learned from its superstar coaches, Miller worked hard to define his sound and take his brand of “fresh” Country, fine tune it, and broadcast it to the universe. His rich and distinctive baritone voice, songwriting skills and love of traditional and modern Country music, have allowed him to do just that and Alex has proven he is here to stay. Miller’s rise has been swift. After his Idol exit, he quickly secured management, signed with Nashville-based Billy Jam Records, and released his well-received debut album, MILLER TIME.

The disc displays the broad range of Alex’s traditional musical influences, including Swing, Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel. “It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” says the outgoing and confident, 6’ 6” Kentuckian. “I went from performing regionally to playing at the Ryman Auditorium for goodness sakes.” In addition to the Ryman, in 2021, Alex entertained at multiple State Fairs (Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Washington, Wisconsin), and he opened for Hank, Jr, Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and Shenandoah. The talented newcomer was chosen as the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month (October) and performed a duet with Grand Ole Opry star Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute concert in November. In 2022, Miller opened for Brooks & Dunn (Iowa State Fair), Jamey Johnson (Wisconsin State Fair), Generation Radio (Ohio State Fair), Niko Moon (Kentucky State Fair), King Calaway (Oklahoma State Fair), and Aaron Watson (Tulsa State Fair). Additionally, he headlined at The New York State Fair, opened shows for Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown, and debuted at the popular Wild Rose Casinos in Iowa.

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This year he has focused on his songwriting, penning tunes with hitmakers Kent Blazy, Jerry Salley, Bill Whyte, Josh Shilling, and Emily Ann Roberts. “One thing I really took away from Idol is that I need to keep challenging myself,” the young entertainer reflects. “And songwriting does that for me.” Alex has also partnered with Europe’s #1 Country Music Radio Station, CMR Nashville, to host an hour-long curated, monthly radio show called MILLER TIME. Alex spins songs – old and new, written by himself and others, that have impacted him in some way. It’s a fun, inside look at Miller’s creative mind. It’s also a project he can continue to work on as he takes to the road again. Tour dates with Chris Janson, Drake Milligan, HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, and Tracy Byrd are booked for this summer, and his upcoming EP is due out this fall. Alex has been performing professionally since the age of seven, progressing steadily from shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky to larger markets, appearing at the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, WoodSongs, Renfro Valley, Lincoln Jamboree and more. His expressive voice brought him early success. His skill with guitar and lap steel is evident on stage. Alex also plays ukulele, bass, and banjo, and has taken up the fiddle as well. He was building a name for himself as the young newcomer to watch, but that slow and steady approach ended when Alex auditioned for Idol in 2020. It’s been full steam ahead ever since. “I’m getting a chance to push some boundaries,” Alex notes. “I’ve got more confidence now and I’m always trying new things.” His latest single, “Girl, I Know A Guy,” highlights Miller’s flexibility. “It reminds me of the Eddy Arnold hit “You Don’t Know Me” (written by Cindy Walker), but with a modern twist,” Alex notes. “It’s an upbeat, in-your-face contemporary love song that leaves the listener in suspense. I don’t know if the guy gets the girl, but I do know he’s there for her if she needs him. There’s plenty of fiddle and steel guitar throughout – and that’s my kind of Country.” His kind of Country is a style that’s easy to like – much like Alex. He’s wholesome and inspiring – with a baby face and enthusiasm to spare. And Miller is here to stay.

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