Justices and the Marion County Law Enforcement Committee met earlier this month to decide whether or not to put a sales tax proposal to build a new jail on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. At that meeting, Justices Bruce Emerson, Wesley Shipman, Brady Madden, Gregg Alexander, Carl McBee Jr., Joel Gallegos and Raymond Mayo agreed to present the Quorum Court with a proposal for a half-cent sales tax to fund a 60-bed facility.
If you would like to read more about Gregg Alexander’s career arch from New Radicals front-man to Hollywood songwriter, the reclusive Alexander recently did an interview with Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter. It is the first interview that Gregg Alexander has done in 15 years and is well worth your time. You can check out the interview .
When John Carney (Once) decided to make a follow-up film about three people trying to maintain passion and artistic integrity in the music business, there was just one ideal choice to write the songs. Gregg Alexander was co-creator and lead singer of The New Radicals, which had a blockbuster hit in 1998 ("You Get What You Give"), before Alexander decided that he did not want to be a big rock star. He dissolved the group to focus on production and song-writing, winning a Grammy for "The Game of Love" in 2003. He has something in common with all three of the lead characters in the film, Keira Knightley's songwriter, Mark Ruffalo's record producer, and, as the rock star who has just hit it big, real-life pop star Adam Levine of The Voice and Maroon 5. The songs Alexander wrote for the film are not just gorgeously melodic; they reveal the characters and move the story forward. Lost Stars is almost certain to be an Oscar nominee.