Alex Southey (he/him) is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto/Tkaronto, Canada.
Southey began as a solo acoustic artist in 2019. With each subsequent release (2019's winter folk Christmastown LP, the 2020 bells-and-whistles follow-up You're Not Just A Body to Me LP, the 2021 simultaneously weighty and spry ...And the Country Stirred, its 2022 idiosyncratic, glitchy little brother My Nights On the Island EP, and finally with 2023's explosive, emotive Common Fantasies EP, Southey has developed an increasingly passionate fanbase, along with positive recognition, play, and or coverage from Domionated, Exclaim!, CBC Radio, Canadian Beats, Tinnitist, Sound Cafe, CHCH Morning Show, and a slew of Canadian college radio stations.
The week of January 9, Earshot chose southey as their "Artist of the Week". Southey entered the National Top 50 on Earshot at #28 the week of Feb 28, 2023. On February 15 Southey announced he'd be performing with his band at NXNE 2023 in Toronto. Southey landed at #135 on Earshot's Top 200 Artists of February 2023.
On March 13, 2023, Southey spoke live to CJAM FM in Windsor, ON about his upcoming plans.
On May 6, 2023, Southey made the decision to pull all but his upcoming single off of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music due to their negative impact on musicians' livelihoods. "I have no interest in continuing to perpetuate this manipulative, demeaning, valueless system."After a bit of promotion, he will take "Never Listen" down as well.
On Thursday, July 13, Southey released "Never Listen". On Friday, July 14, he celebrated by headlining a show at the Horseshoe Tavern.
In September, Southey announced The Red Hat Tour for Fall 2023. He's traveling all through Ontario and into Quebec.
In early November 2023, Stouffville's Wintersong Music Festival announced Southey as one of its featured acts for its 2024 lineup.
Southey released a follow-up single entitled, "I Think I Smell a Melody", on Thursday, November 23, 2023 in tandem with the release of an appearance as a guest on the Canadian-music-based podcast 20 or 20 by Dominionated.
**Additionally, Southey runs an open mic at Toronto's Imperial Pub, just off of Dundas Square. Every Tuesday, 8:30pm to 12 or 1am.