Dave Sweetmore column: The Manchester Music Wonderkid

Tameside Radio presenter Dave Sweetmore's latest column shines the spotlight on another of the borough's teenage music sensations whose fanbase is growing.

I’ve been trying to think how best to describe Alex Spencer (pictured), and the headline above is definitely the one. 

Like all great Mancunian musicians, Alex hasn’t strolled onto the music scene calmly, he’s hit it at full force and built up a massive following and a huge reputation. 

The difference with this future rock ‘n’ roll star is that he’s just 13 years old, and unbelievably talented. 

He’s years ahead of his age, in his style, his playing, his song-writing, and yet true to his Northern music routes.

He’s got the support of Greater Manchester Mayor and loyal music supporter Andy Burnham, Night-time Economy Advisor Sasha Lord called him ‘an incredible talent with a huge career ahead’, and Liam Gallagher said of Alex ‘he sounds celestial’. 

There are also many more similar comments to be found from people of similar importance. 

Influenced by The Beatles, Oasis, The La’s, Doves, The Coral, and Blossoms, Alex started learning the guitar at a young age. 

Busking on the streets of Manchester led to online livestreams once the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, and from there his fanbase has continued to grow. 

His first single release, ‘Things Just Come And Go’, written by himself, is a work of art, telling his own story of how the pandemic and lockdown has affected him and those close to him in everyday life. 

Accompanied by a first class video, the song shows Alex is more than ready for what lies ahead. He’s also decided to give 20 per cent of any money made from the song to the ‘Young Minds’ mental health charity. 

He’s promised more music to follow, and with the respect and admiration he’s already receiving, it’s guaranteed we’ll be hearing plenty more from him.

He’s also easy to find on social media, on Twitter he’s @alexspenceruk, and on all other platforms @alexspencermusic. 

Give him a follow and show him some support, there’s every chance he’ll be your new favourite singer. 

Alex joins me this Monday night from 7pm on my Tameside Radio show. 

You can listen to Dave on Tameside Radio 103.6FM on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Click here to subscribe and catch up on previous shows.

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