What is Gregg Alexander’s Net Worth?
Gregg Alexander (born Gregory Aiuto on May 4, 1970), is an American singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the frontman of the New Radicals. He has an estimated net worth approximately in excess of $8 million.
Alexander is most well-known for his role as the frontman of the band New Radicals. In 1998, the band released “Maybe You’ve been Brainwashed Too”, which featured the singles “You get what you give” and “Someday we’ll know”. “You get what you give” was #1 in Canada and New Zealand. It was also ranked #64 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1990s”, #440 on Bleender magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born”, #106 on Pitchfork’s Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s, and #37 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of the Nineties. Gregg released “Michigan Rain” (1989), and “Intoxifornication” (1992) as a solo artist. He also wrote the songs for “Begin Again,” which included the Academy Award-nominated “Lost Stars”. Alexander wrote the 2002 Santana song, “The Game of Love,” and won a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Gregg Alexander’s Background and Early Life
Gregg Alexander was the son of Gregory Aiuto, a Grosse Pointe, Michigan native, on May 4, 1970. He was raised in a conservative Jehovah’s Witness family and has two siblings, Caroline, and Stephen. Alexander was twelve years old when he received his first guitar. He also learned how to play many instruments. Gregg was 14 when he joined The Circus with his brother John Mabarak, George Snow and George Snow. Alexander was 16 years old when Jimmy Iovine, a record producer, offered him a contract with A&M Records. He released his first album, “Michigan Rain” in 1989 at the age of 19. In 1992, he signed with Epic Records and released “Intoxifornication,” a collection of songs mostly from “Michigan Rain,” later in the year. Gregg was a busker in Central Park and Tompkins Square Park during the mid-1990s.
The ‘New Radicals’
Alexander founded the alternative rock group the New Radicals in 1997. They released their album “Maybe You’ve been Brainwashed Too” October 20, 1998. The album was certified Platinum in America and Gold in Canada. On October 20, 1998, the New Radicals’ first single “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too” was released. Gregg announced that the band would be disbanding and would instead concentrate on producing music.
Doug Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris was the one who used “You Get What You Give” during the 2020 Presidential Campaign. It was also a favorite of Beau Biden, his son, who died from brain cancer in 2015. Joe Biden wrote in his 2018 memoir, “Promise Me, Dad” that Beau used to make me listen during breakfast to “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals. Beau was a fighter, and his will to survive was more than any other. I believe he knew this day would come. The lyrics to the song read: This entire damn world could fall apart. It’ll all be fine, just follow your heart. The New Radicals reunited to perform the song for the first-ever time in over two decades as part of President Biden’s inauguration celebration. Alexander stated that the reunion was “if there is one thing on Earth that could possibly bring us together, even if for just a day, it would be the hope that our song might be even the tiniest bit of light in such dark times.” America is certain that things will improve with a new administration, and a plan for vaccines. This is the message of the song… the world will pull through.”
Life After The New Radicals
Gregg started writing songs and producing music for Rod Stewart, Enrique Iglesias and Geri Halliwell. He also wrote and produced songs for Hanson and S Club 7. Sometimes he used the name Alex Ander.
His most famous songwriting achievement, aside from the New Radicals, was “The Game of Love” by Santana (featuring Michelle Branch). It topped the “Billboard” Adult Contemporary charts and Adult Top 40 charts. It also reached the top 10 in many countries.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, of AllMusic, called Alexander the “catchiest, smartest professional pop songwriter of the early2000s” in his 2006 review of the Melanie C album, “Reason,” where he included a song written by Gregg, “On the Horizon.” Alexander co-wrote four songs for the 2003 Enrique Iglesias album, “7”, and the song “Lost Without Each Other,” on the Hanson album, “Underneath” (2004). He also co-wrote and produced music for the 2013 Keira Knightley/Mark Ruffalo movie “Begin Again.” The song “Lost Stars”, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, as well as many other awards and nominations. Gregg performed the song in public at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2014. This was his first performance publicly since his days in New Radicals. He has been a member of the Kaiser Chiefs, Spencer Ludwig, The Struts and The Struts in recent years.
Gregg Alexander’s Awards and Accolades
Alexander was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Motion Pictures Music, Original Song for “Lost Stars”, from “Begin Again” in 2015. He also received a Hollywood Music In Media Award, a Seattle Film Critics Award, as well as nominations for the Awards Circuit Community Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards. Gregg was awarded a Golden Goblet for Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award for Music at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2014.
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