Young Jazz pianist Joey Alexander released his new single “SALT” after his major-label debut album WARNA, and will release two more singles in April and May.
Alexander has already made a name for himself and has had an eventful journey throughout his career all before turning 18. For about seven years, he has taken the jazz world by storm and achieved an extraordinary amount of success that is rarely seen. He already released five studio albums, My Favorite Things, Countdown, Joey.Monk.Live!, Eclipse and Warna. Alexander received three Grammy nominations and even performed at the preshow and during the 58th Grammy Awards. Also, two of his albums reached the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
Along with his charting success, he is respected by legendary Jazz musicians and gained attention from mainstream media. Alexander has performed at major events alongside other talented artists. In 2016, he performed with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding at the International Jazz Day in the White House for President Obama. His show for his debut at Carnegie Hall sold-out as well as the Rose Theater at the Jazz Lincoln Center. While these are significant accolades, there is more in store for the prodigy.
After his first album release from Verve Records, Warna, which translates to color from his native tongue Bahasa, he has more music on the way. Warna was a reflective body of work describing unfolding his experiences and feelings while on the road. His newest singles “SALT,” “Under the Sun” and “Summer Rising” were written during Summer 2020 while he was in Manhattan during the pandemic.
Alexander’s inspiration for “SALT” was the essential use it has in our lives and compared it to blues in jazz, which he believes we need in these worrying times. Each new single is made with the intention of evoking hope, positivity and peace through the blues. The song is the first recording Alexander did with a Fender Rhodes piano. He is accompanied by Daniel Winshall on the electric and upright bass, Tyson D. Jackson on the drums and Jaleel Shaw on the alto saxophone and Gilad Hekselman on the electric guitar.
“SALT” was released on March 19 and is the first single of 2021 from Joey Alexander. His other two singles will drop within the next two months.