Nick Alexander Bio
A glad heart is excellent medicine, a depressed spirit wastes the bones away. Proverbs 17:22 (NJB)
If you happen upon the intersection of hilarity and holiness you’ll probably find Nick Alexander standing on the street corner directing traffic. Some, he finds, could use a little help lightening up. Others might do well to take their faith a bit more seriously. Either way, he’s pointing people in the same direction: Straight up.
Who Nick Is
Both a celebrated comedian and a seasoned worship leader, Nick has a remarkable way of meeting people where they are, disarming them, and then offering a message of substance and grace. When asked how he manages to connect with so many different types of people simultaneously, the answer appears to baffle him as much as the next person. “I combine orthodoxy with humor, and then throw in popular songs,” he shrugs. “It’s a weird concoction.”
Call it what you will, but chances are you’ve never seen anything like it. Integrating parodies, stories, testimony, and worship, Alexander has assembled an effective way to get his message across – both in the studio and in a live setting.
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.”
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.
What Nick Can Do For You
Over the years people began to notice that Nick’s highly acclaimed live shows were taking on a unique shape, namely, that of each individual audience he was performing for. “I do a lot of communication with the leaders before I arrive for a show,” he explains, referring to his desire to take the audience’s challenges and spiritual needs into consideration before he sets foot on stage. Aside from that, he feels his way through it. In fact, some have observed that he has an uncanny ability to take the pulse of an audience and determine what they need.
Nick says, “It would give me no greater joy than to see revival break out in our world, and to be able to play some small part in bringing that to fruition. All followers of Christ share some common ground.”
Indeed they do. Laughter and love are universal languages, and Nick Alexander has found a hallowed crossroads where the two meet. If you find yourself needing directions just ask the tall, funny guy on the corner. He’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
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