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MP3 Alex Schein - Speed of Light

A rich symphony of soulful melodies (Jeff Buckley, Erykah Badu), poetic flow (Saul Williams, Zach De La Rocha) and conscious lyricism (Michael Franti, Bob Marley).

11 MP3 Songs

Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised all over the galaxy of experience, Alex Schein’s emergence as an artist began while rehabilitating a knee injury suffered during his senior year of high school basketball. The injury focused Schein''s energy into learning the guitar and only 9 months later the self-taught singer/songwriter performed his first gig at a small coffee shop in Gettysburg, PA in the winter of 1996.

While earning a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy at Mary Washington College, Schein honed his songwriting and performing skills in the college town of Fredericksburg, VA. A study abroad program in the Fall of 1998 gave him the opportunity to travel to Durban, South Africa where Schein lived, studied, and played music for almost 6 months.

Shortly after graduating from college, Schein was invited to manage the Bosnia Peace Project’s tour with the Dave Matthews Band in the summer of 2000. On this tour, Schein had the opportunity to share songs with some of largest audiences in the country as well as some of the most respected talents in the industry including Ben Harper, Ozomatli, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

While continuing to evolve as an artist, Schein has worked for numerous non-profit organizations focusing on youth development. Whether facilitating a spoken word poetry workshop in Charlottesville, VA, organizing a service project in Philadelpia, or leading a group of teenagers into a village in Mali, West Africa, Schein has been committed to living his message of self-awareness.

“Music is a powerful tool for personal reflection and spiritual renewal. The Industrial Culture has used it primarily for decoration and thus ignored its true potential as a healing power for the human psyche. The essence of music is vibration whose source is light. Out of that vibration comes human speech formed as language. Music is a way of communicating beyond the constraints of diction and can therefore help us to connect at deeper levels of understanding with ourselves and the world around us."

As a member of Hip-Hop Congress, Schein has performed at the Midwest Hip-Hop Congress Summit in 2002, 2004, and 2006 with such artists as Amir Sulaiman (HBO’s Def Poetry), Proof of D-12, Ursula Rucker, Stephanie McKay, Planet Asia, IsWhat? and the Bedouin.

Past performance venues include: CBGB’s 313 Gallery (NYC), Pianos (NYC), Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) and The Colony Cafe (Woodstock, NY)

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