compOWLation Vol. 2 recording artist wins X-Factor competition

alex and sierra

Alex Kinsey of Alex and Sierra, recent winners of the national television competition The X Factor, made his first recording on Compowlation 2, a CD created at Florida Atlantic University’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings. Kinsey was discovered by Hoot/Wisdom student president Matt Smith when Alex was a student at FAU. Matt heard him singing in the dorm and asked Alex to submit a demo to Hoot. This resulted in the track “I Like It” which can be heard on Compowlation 2 at this link. The CD was produced in 2012 and was overseen by Professor Alejandro Sanchez-Samper, instructor of Commercial Music at FAU.

The X Factor is a singing competition in which more than one hundred thousand singers audition for the judges and a theater audience. After winning this competition, the singers go on to Bootcamp where groups are chosen to continue in competition. Each group is assigned to a judge, and then the contestants compete in front of a live TV audience where viewers choose the winners.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Alex and Sierra,” said Michael Zager, director of FAU’s Commercial Music Program. “They were picked from thousands of artists that auditioned. We are proud to be a part of Alex’s start in the music industry.”

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings LLC, FAU’s student-run/faculty-supervised record label, is housed in the Division of Research and the label is part of the Commercial Music Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Department of Music. For more information about FAU’s Commercial Music Program, call 561-297-0600.