Rex Orange County Biography
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Alexander O'Connor, Alex O'Connor
Born Country: England
Born in: Grayshott, Hampshire
Famous as: Recording Artist
Notable Alumni: BRIT School
City: Hampshire, England
education: BRIT School
Alexander O'Connor is an English musician who is popularly known by his stage name Rex Orange County. He grew up idolizing popular English bands like Queen and Green Day and also followed the legendary singer Stevie Wonder. He learned multiple musical instruments in his boyhood and started composing music on his own. The Hampshire-born talent also learned music in school and later released his songs on digital platforms using the Logic software. Rex Orange County released two albums, ‘bcos u will never b free’ and ‘Apricot Princess’, independently. He eventually teamed up with Tyler Gregory Okonma, aka Tyler the Creator, for the single ‘Boredom’. Rex Orange County is steadily gaining popularity and has become a very popular figure on social media platforms. He has a big fan following on the video sharing platform YouTube.
- Rex Orange County learned to play various musical instruments as a young boy and began composing songs using a music software. He composed his first album ‘bcos u will never b free’ and released it on Soundcloud, a music streaming website, on November 7, 2016. The album not only earned him numerous fans, but also attracted the attention of Ben Ash, an English record producer (popularly known as Two Inch Punch). Ben Ash helped him by providing him with a management team to look after his future works. Rex Orange County and Ben Ash later collaborated to compose several singles. The partnership produced a few singles like ‘UNO’, ‘Best Friend’ and Untitled’, between 2016 and 2017.
- In 2017, Rex Orange County released his second album, ‘Apricot Princess’. The album featured at the number two spot on the US Top Heatseekers list and made it to the top 10 of The Independent Albums chart. His success brought him further support from other professional musicians. Rapper Tyler Gregory Okonma roped him in for his fourth studio album ‘Flower Boy’ and Rex Orange County was featured in two singles from the album. He sang the single ‘Foreword’ and collaborated with Anna of the North for the single ‘Boredom’.
- He released the single ‘Loving Is Easy’ (2017) which also featured Benny Sings. The song was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Rex Orange County has performed the song on various occasions since its release, including on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’. He did a cover of the original song ‘You've Got a Friend in Me’ along with its original composer and creator Randy Newman in 2018. In the same year, he released another single ‘Forever Always’, featuring Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caesar, and Madison Ryann Ward.
- Rex Orange County was born as Alexander O'Connor on May 4, 1998, in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. While growing up, he listened to popular English bands like ‘Queen’, ‘Green Day’ and ‘ABBA’ which encouraged him to actively take part in the school choir. He also had a soft spot for classical music as well as the indie genre. He learned to play the piano and the drum before learning the guitar at the age of 16. He attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and became a drummer.
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