Responding to public demand for a follow up to their hit debut EP, “Head High,” the husband and wife team of Alexander Jean, featuring BC Jean and Mark Ballas, will initiate a national tour starting June 26 to coincide with the release of their much anticipated second EP, “High Enough.” The tour, teams Alexander Jean with Los Angeles Pop Rock band R5.
Venue competition for the highly anticipated double-act tour stems from the unique success of the indie duo’s initial EP which shot to #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and then rose to the chart top a second time. Their power-pop ballad and debut single “Roses and Violets,” also hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #6 on the iTunes overall chart, reaching the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart. The song had over 3 million Spotify plays and reached Top 10 in 7 countries around the globe. Their single “Thief,” hit #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
Describing the nature of the chemistry which brought such immediate interest to their act, BC and Mark note, “We’re inspired daily by each other and what the universe is so gracious to give our minds and souls. We want to capture something timeless while still keeping it raw.”
For “High Enough” the duo says, “We simplified our writing and production this time around, but it oddly enough has created a bigger sound. Sometimes less is more and every song on this EP is a major statement. There are so many different emotions involved throughout the 5 song journey and everyone can relate to it their own way however it connects to them.”
BC and Mark, who wed in November 2016, started writing and forming melody ideas for “High Enough” while still on tour last summer for “Head High.” “We do it in pieces rather than scheduled sessions for the writing part. It’s more about capturing the magical moments as they come,” the duo says. “We then took our songs to the countryside of England to work with our producer, Will Hicks. It was the three of us, our dog Hendrix and large empty fields of grass and sheep. We wanted to escape so we could focus.”
“High Enough,” shines with the duo’s trademark style of a blend of acoustic, rhythmic, singer/songwriter, pop/rock with a timeless feel. “We are aware of what’s current right now and we always keep that in mind so every generation has the chance to connect to our musical stories but at the end of the day we write what we feel which is emotional, honest and liberating. We want to make people feel something whether it’s hope, strength, romance or empowerment.”
“High Enough,” will be available June 26 on iTunes, Spotify and all other major digital music platforms.
R5 Tour featuring Alexander Jean, will kick off June 26 at Chicago S Bottom Lounge and continues on to Detroit, Toronto, Boston, Darien Lake NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Austin. (Full schedule listed below.)
ABOUT ALEXANDER JEAN
Indie duo, Alexander Jean, featuring BC Jean and Mark Ballas, are creating the freshest, most honest, heartfelt music of their careers. The duo first met in 2012 at a Los Angeles singer-songwriter showcase, and then married in 2016. Their debut EP titled “Head High,” debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart, and then rose to #1 again for a second time. Their power-pop ballad and debut single “Roses and Violets,” also hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #6 on the iTunes overall chart; reaching the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart. The song had over 3 million Spotify plays and reached Top 10 in 7 countries around the globe. Their single “Thief,” hit #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
Alexander Jean was recently listed in Billboard Magazine’s “DeLeon 100,” a list of Top 100 Trailblazers who display determination to bring their expertise to #thenextlevel. The duo was also named “KIIS FM Next Up Artist of the Week,” performed at Sundance Film Festival’s 2017 Creative Coalition event. In 2016, they completed a 21 date U.S. tour, “Head High,” sponsored by Nicorette and Nicoderm; made their SXSW debut in as an official showcase artist; and were tapped to perform at BMI’s 2016 annual “Snow Ball” event at Sundance, where they received a standing ovation, in addition to a stripped down, intimate set at the much-coveted Chef Dance. Alexander Jean was also chosen as one of three acts, from nearly 600 artist submissions, to perform at the 3rd Annual L.A. GRAMMY Showcase at The Fonda Theatre.
Both BC and Mark are multi-faceted singers and songwriters with lists of accolades in the music world. BC became an in-demand artist and songwriter when Beyoncé recorded “If I Were A Boy,” which she wrote. A worldwide #1 smash, the song – the only track Beyoncé didn’t write on her double CD I Am…Sasha Fierce – was one of the most played songs of 2009. It topped the charts in many European countries (including the UK) and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. 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 youth, Mark moved from the US to London and there he attended the world-renowned Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts School. He began playing guitar at age nine, training in flamenco. By 12, he was performing his own music, and over the years has played and performed in bands in many different genres from hardcore metal, punk, to jazz, folk, and funk.
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” which hit the Top 25 on iTunes pop chart while the song’s video debuted at #1 on multiple MTV platforms. He has performed at legendary Los Angeles clubs including The Troubadour and performed at South by Southwest, in addition to will.i.am’s Trans4rm Pre-Grammy Party (on the bill with Alicia Keys and Estelle). More recently, Mark played the lead role as Frankie Valli in Broadway’s final production of “Jersey Boys” and resumed that role to rave reviews at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theater.
R5 TOUR DATES FEATURING ALEXANDER JEAN:
Mon-June-26-2017 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Tue-June-27-2017 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Wed-June-28-2017 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Fri-June-30-2017 Boston, MA Paradise
Sat-July-1-2017 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake PAC (No Support)
Sun-July-2-2017 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
Tue-July-4-2017 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage Baltimore
Wed-July-5-2017 Charlotte, NC The Underground
Fri-July-7-2017 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Sat-July-8-2017 AJ OFF
Mon-July-10-2017 Houston, TX White Oak
Tue-July11-2017 Dallas, TX Trees
Wed-July12-2017 Austin, TX Parish