“Boy you can sing...thank you Jesus!”
– Luke Bryan
“You are a light, and your personality is infectious.”
-Storme Warren, SiriusXM
“Oh my God, something special right there.”
- Lionel Richie
Alex Miller is a bonafide torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music, with an arresting voice, an infectious personality and charm to spare. Everything about Alex is exciting; he is wholesome and inspiring - with a baby face and an eager enthusiasm - and an air of explosive expectation surrounds him. Those who’ve met him believe that this young man is going places … and his loyal fans are ready to follow where he leads.
Launched to global audiences during American Idol, Season 19, Alex is still coming to terms with the changes the Idol experience brought to his life. “It’s been a complete 360-degree-turnaround,” Alex reflects. “Crazy, but good. There have definitely been some tradeoffs, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my life right now.”
The statement is made with a quiet confidence; at 6’5'' Miller isn’t a typical teen. He’s been performing professionally since the age of seven, progressing steadily from shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky to larger markets, including appearing on the stages of the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, WoodSongs, Renfro Valley, Lincoln Jamboree and more. His expressive voice and traditional approach to song - ala early George Strait or mid-career Haggard - brought early success. His skill with guitar and lap steel is evident on stage, but he also plays ukulele, bass and banjo. Before Idol he was building a name for himself as the young newcomer to watch, but that slow and steady approach ended when Alex auditioned for AI producers last fall.
“I was just so honored to be accepted onto the show,” Alex admits. “Things just exploded, and it was all a little hard to believe.” Miller floored the judges with his original song (and debut single) “I’m Over You So Get Over Me,” and Luke Bryan was so impressed that he even jumped on the stage with Alex for an impromptu run at the Merle Haggard classic, “Big City.” Bryan also invited Alex to join him at the Grand Ole Opry, and that appearance is in the works. Miller aced several performances before exiting the show during the “Showstoppers Round.” The end of his American Idol journey appears to be just the beginning for Alex, who is ready, willing and able to see how far he can take this road. “I’m just so grateful to everyone who has supported me,” he says.
Alex’s current focus is writing songs for his upcoming album, and he’s trialed a few on YouTube. “I like to write up-tempo songs mostly,” he comments. “And I try to take a unique approach to the lyrics. I do write ballads, but it all just depends on how heartbroken I am when I sit down with my guitar.” On tap are co-writing sessions with some of Country’s biggest hitmakers including Jerry Salley, but whatever songs are chosen for the project, they’ll be true to his raising.
Miller’s days start at 7 a.m., and in between juggling school (he graduates high school in May), Alex is also putting together a “roadhouse style” touring band for a round of summer/fall engagements, interviewing with outlets from around the world, performing at a variety of venues, hosting his “Tunes on Tuesday Live” shows for his Facebook page, and more. Alex still helps his Grandpa, G.B., on his cattle farm, participates in Future Farmers of America events, and sings at church when he can. His days end “late” and “usually in the hot tub,” he admits with a laugh. He recently attended his senior prom and had a great time, but that’s the first bit of “normalcy” he’s enjoyed since his Idol adventure began. His schedule is a killer - but for Miller, it is the stuff of dreams.
For a young man who was raised with the workaday rigors of a running farm and learned comportment from FFA competitions, he has the outlook and the grit needed to succeed. He also has the talent - and anyone who doubts that simply hasn’t met Alex Miller.