Los Angeles-based songwriter stirred up a buzz online right out of the gate, landing him a major label deal by the age of 18. A day after he turned in his first album, he was dropped by the label he thought would take his artist project to the moon. However, it was going to take a lot more to stop him. Alec immediately hit the road for a self-booked European tour. He performed “parking lot shows” for fans outside of Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan concerts. Last year, he finally signed himself to another big label and released debut record Narrated for You with the most successful single Let Me Down Slowly.

The singer got another chance in 2017, when a 12-year-old boy named Merrick Hanna appeared on America’s Got Talent, dancing to Alec’s I Built a Friend during his audition. All of a sudden, labels noticed and Atlantic Records signed him in 2018, changing his life for a second time.