Frankie Alexander is often referred to as a musician’s singer. Like an instrumentalist, she rarely performs a song the same way. Her understated style has been compared with such vocalists as Carmen McRae and Shirley Horn, two singers that Alexander is quick to claim as influences. A native of Concord, NC, and a resident of Durham since the late seventies, Alexander has worked with and learned from some of the most talented and influential musicians in the area including Steve Wing, Ed Paolantonio, Robert Trowers, Louis Sawyer, Scott Sawyer and our beloved Yusuf Salim and Bus Brown.
Of Ms. Alexander’s 2007 CD “Mad About the Words”, Jerome Wilson of Cadence Magazine says, “Frankie Alexander is also a very good singer full of a conviction that recalls Sarah Vaughan or Abbey Lincoln. She caresses the words on “Moonlight In Vermont” and “Once I Loved” while exploding on “Taking A Chance” and “At Long Last Love.” Her singing isn’t technically polished but that does not matter because she makes an emotional connection to what she sings, creating performances that are haunting and affecting. Frankie Alexander seems to be one of those vocalists who can bring heart to whatever she sings.”