Alexander George “Alex” Claire (born 14 September 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. Clare adopted his current stage name, Alex Clare, in 2010, replacing Alexander G. Muertos, a pseudonym he first used whilst still at school. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, was released in the UK on 11 July 2011 on Island Records and was produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer.
The biggest hit from the album, “Too Close”, peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 BRIT Awards.
A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the UK. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer was released in July 2011. The first single from the album was “Up All Night”, followed by “Too Close” and “Treading Water”.
On 19 May 2011, Reggie Yates made Alex Clare’s cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” his Song of the Day. A day later, the Dutch radio station 3FM announced single “Too Close” to be the ‘3FM’s Megahit of that week.
On 21 June 2011, Clare performed at the Queens’ College, Cambridge May Ball. On 14 August 2011, Clare performed at the Summer Well festival in Buftea, Romania.
Following the disappointing performance of the album, Clare was dropped from his record contract with Universal Island in the UK.