Today we’d like to introduce you to Ronald “Cjay” Alexander.
Hi Ronald “Cjay”, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Born and raised in Detroit Mi. 36 years and did some college study at University of Michigan. Began playing drums in church and transitioned to bass my junior year of high school. Started touring and recording bass guitar with mostly gospel artist, the Clark Sisters, CeCe Winans, J Moss, Kierra Sheard and a few others. Randomly saw a Tweet about an audition that was taking place in New York City. one day. Drove out, did the audition and ended up getting the gig, it was for Lana Del Rey. That was the beginning of touring outside of gospel. Lived in NY for about seven years and over that time began recording my own music, two instrumental album Transitions and #Believe as well as 2 Ep’s of me as a vocalist, Summer Soul and Summer Soul II. Relocated to the LA area in 2018 and have been able to work with Toni Braxton, Kiana Ledé as well as the 4U Prince tribute orchestra. Currently working on new music as well as a clothing line to be officially released this summer.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The journey has definitely been a struggle. I’ve seen highs of having everything I need and want, the lows of not having anything and everything in between. The hardest yet most beneficial part of my road thru music and just life in general has been my struggle with my identity and my confidence within myself. Seeing the success of others can inspire you and discourage you as well if you’re not confident. In spite of having an amazing career as a musician and what I now call success in my own musical endeavors, the desire for more is always there. They say comparison is the thief of joy, they didn’t lie. Once I stopped comparing my journey to the journey of others, my confidence grew and I settled into my authentic identity as musician, an artist and a man.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a musician, an artist and producer that plays electric bass, synthesized bass, upright bass. I think what I’m known for the most is my ability whether thru playing or my personality to create a good feeling. Bringing joy to whoever is in the room listening, listening to on iTunes or watching a stream thru music to me is what I’m most proud of. Hearing a church mother say, “son you was playing that thing today” or getting a message from someone in Africa or Europe saying how they were affected positively by something I did or played is the greatest reward I could ever get. I think, like with most creative people, what sets me apart is how my personality comes thru my playing, music and singing. One of the things I commonly hear is, “I knew that was you up there, you’ve got a groove that nobody has”. That groove comes from me putting everything I have into making whatever I’m doing feel good.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I can be reached on IG: @cjay_alexander, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to collaborate and create with people looking to do so.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @cjay_alexander
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/cjrocksteady