ALEX HALL recalls his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia much smaller than you would find it now. He grew up riding horses and playing sports, but music has always been an important part of his life. With encouragement from his middle school choral director, he began focusing specifically on singing. It was the summer before high school when he started playing guitar, singing at the local restaurants and bars and writing songs. About writing, he says:
“I am always jotting ideas down, but I try to follow my heart and write what I’m feeling. It might be something I saw in a movie, a memory or something that someone told me. I just try my best to be honest and as passionate about a song as I can.”
In Hall’s music, a variety of influences can be heard. “I have always been obsessed with Elvis,” he says, along with a few other Sun Records artists: Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.
“John Mayer was a huge influence of mine, as well as Kings of Leon and The Killers. I grew up on country music, but I’ve always listened to everything and tried to take as much of it in as I can.”
Also, in those teen years, Hall was able to travel the southeast playing live and making connections with country music fans, which he says are the best fans!