How it All Started Nick Alexander

How it All Started

His career began in college when he dusted off an old guitar and began writing and performing worship songs with a college ministry group. Out of the blue Nick was inspired to write a parody to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” influenced, no doubt, by his teen fascination with Weird Al Yankovic. “It wasn’t meant to be recorded,” Nick says, “it was meant as a joke. I played it during sound checks for the worship team I was on.” Reasoning that it couldn’t do anything but help improve his songwriting skills, he continued to write comical tunes when he had the time. His focus, however, was still on serving in various worship settings.

Several years later he went to a gathering of the Catholic Association of Music (CAM) with the intention of becoming a more effective worship leader. Late one night he played some of his parody tunes for the other musicians and was caught completely off guard by their reaction. “The response to these parodies was so over and beyond what I had initially expected,” he remembers. “It was as if the entire group literally forced me to reckon with this talent that I had very comfortably buried. And right away I saw the possibilities of standing out in a crowd, and of finding comedy that uplifts, teaches, and is respectful of our faith.”

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And the Rest Is History

And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then Nick has released three parody albums: A Time to Laugh (2000); Eternal Life: The Party Album (2001); and I Wanna Be Debated (2006). All of his musical spoofs are set to classic pop songs, such as Abba’s “Dancing Queen” (“Nicene Creed”), Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” (“Evangelize”) and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (“Tithe After Tithe.”) It has been said that his combining positive Christian messages with songs that lodge firmly in one’s head is ingenious; they’re almost impossible to forget.

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