LISTEN to An Interview With MARK BALLAS And BC JEAN That Make Up The Indie-Pop Duo, ALEXANDER JEAN!
Posted On 29 Sep 2015
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Alexander Jean hit #4 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart very recently with their newly digitally released debut song, “Roses and Violets.” This new duo features BC Jean and Mark Ballas. They are currently writing and recording new tracks for a forthcoming EP (date TBA).
Check out “Roses and Violets” here: https://soundcloud.com/alexander-jean-257077899/roses-and-violets.
The duo, who first met in 2012 at a Los Angeles singer-songwriter showcase, work together on vocal production and harmonization; and share lead vocals. Mark, who helms the musical production, draws on an array of instruments including the nylon string flamenco guitar, steel string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion, drums and piano.
Both BC and Mark have a list of accolades in the music world. BC became an in-demand artist and songwriter when Beyonce recorded the #1 worldwide hit “If I Were A Boy” from her “I Am…Sasha Fierce” album, which BC wrote. BC subsequently signed with Clive Davis’ J Records and released several singles, including “Just a Guy” and “I’ll Survive You.” The San Diego native also starred in the popular web series Talent, produced by Alloy TV on YouTube.
As a singer/songwriter, in 2011, Mark was the winner of MTV’s Freshman Five and MTV named him as that year’s “Artist To Watch.” In 2014, he released his debut single “Get My Name”; the track hit the Top 25 on iTunes pop chart while the song’s video debuted at #1 on multiple MTV platforms.
“The reason that I feel incredibly liberated being part of this duo, is that we’re not trying to put our music into any sort of stylistic box,” says BC. “We’re keeping it full on 100 percent organic, bringing our different strengths to the songs that work perfectly for us,” she adds. “We’re living our passion and writing what we feel, whether that neatly fits into a category or not. Some may call it pop/rock, some might hear singer/songwriter, but for us it’s just an experience.”
Mark adds, “What we’re creating as Alexander Jean is a whole other entity that feels more honest for us,” he says. “We’re in control as songwriters, and we’re building on the natural musical and chemistry that we have.”
All Access recently spoke with Mark Ballas and BC Jean about their musical partnership, their new music and more in this exclusive interview: