Alex Clare (born in 1985) is a British singer-songwriter from London, England. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, was released in the UK on 11 July 2011 on Island Records and was produced by Switch and Diplo.
Born in 1985 in Southwark, London, Alex Clare grew up listening to his father’s jazz records, was drawn to blues and soul (Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder), and eventually drum and bass and UK garage. Though Clare took up the trumpet and drums as a youngster, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open mike nights with original material.
A demo earned him a deal with the Island label in the UK. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, produced by Diplo and Switch was released in July 2011. The first single from the album was "Up All Night," followed by "Too Close" and "Treading Water."
On 19 May 2011, Reggie Yates made Alex Clare's cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" his "song of the day". A day later, the Dutch radio station 3FM announced single "Too Close" to be the '3FM's Megahit of that week.
On 21 June 2011, Clare performed at the Queens' College, Cambridge May Ball. On 14 August 2011, Clare performed at the Summer Well festival in Buftea, Romania.
Following the disappointing performance of the album, Clare was dropped from his record contract with Universal Island in the UK.
In 2012, Clare's song "Too Close" was featured in an Internet Explorer 9 commercial. Following its use in the commercial, the song debuted at #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Clare saw success on the German charts too, topping the charts at number one. On May 6th, Clare's song peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart.