Modern fingerstyle harp-guitarist Alex Anderson was born into a musician family where his father, an accomplished classical and steel string guitarist, bought him his first classical guitar at an early age. Taking up drums and bass in his teens, Alex also got his first steel string acoustic guitar and felt immediately connected to the instrument. After discovering greats like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed, Alex took to the new genre of instrumental modern fingerstyle music of which they were pioneers.
Alex continued his musical education in recording and sound design studying Music Production and Technology at the HARTT School of Music where he was accepted as a classical guitarist. The call to pursue a career as a performing musician was strong, so Alex left to record and perform in various rock bands. During this time his love of fingerstyle only grew stronger and Alex left the rock scene to return to his roots and pursue a solo career. Combining his love for guitar, bass and drums in one instrument in 2013 he sold off all his electric and acoustic guitars to purchase his first harp guitar, a Dyer Style 8. Many musicians have fallen in love with the harp-guitar since greats like Stephen Bennett, Michael Hedges and Andy McKee brought an awareness to the masses- but few have dedicated all of their playing and composition to it. It became Alex's passion to take the instrument to uncharted territories and expand its limited repertoire. Since then Alex has been a featured artist on CandyRat records with his original material and received praise from some of the top fingerstyle players in the world. The grandfather of harp-guitar Stephen Bennett has recently invited Alex to the 2016 Harp Guitar Gathering to speak and perform at the main concert. Alex has also signed endorsement deals with Ernie Ball, DiMarzio, GRACE Design, MiniFlex, Sixtus, Neunaber, Evidence Audio and Shubb.
Now signed to CandyRat Records who released his debut all harp guitar concept album Tree of Life in 2017 - Alex also founded his Tree of Life Studio as a facility exclusively for acoustic fingerstyle/singer-songwriter artists where he also produced, mixed and mastered his debut . Alex has shared the stage with such greats as Stephen Bennett, Don Ross, Antoine DuFour and Ian Ethan Case. In 2018 he was asked by Stephen Bennett to co-run a recording workshop with Kim Person as well as a percussive harp guitar masterclass at Harp Guitar Gathering 16. Currently working in the studio for artists in the community Alex also is planning to record and release his follow up album on CandyRat sometime end of 2019.