Bassist, guitarist, drummer, singer, songwriter and song arrangements


Alex playing for the Benefit for Homeless Women of Monterey at the Maritime Museum of Monterey
video © Kathleen L. Ryan


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2019 Big Sur International Marathon

 2019 Whalefest Monterey 

My name is Alexander S. Shirley. I'm from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and I became a United States Citizen. I've played reggae and blues around California's central coast, primarily in Carmel, Monterey, and Santa Cruz, for the past 25 years with different bands. 

I grew up in a musical family with thirteen siblings, and my mother and father. My father, Basil Shirley, was an accomplished drummer. He had a major influence on my decision to become a musician, and a Rastafarian. My father welcomed Haile Selassie I, the Emperor of Ethiopia, to Jamaica in 1966, by playing drums in the huge crowd of about 100,00 Rastafarians. Emperor Selassie I, is whom the Rastafarian Religion is based on. 

I learned to play many instruments including drums, and guitar, with bass guitar being my favorite. I joined my dad's band, along with my brother, Prince Shirley. We played in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, and Negril in Jamaica, before playing for many years on several cruise ships. 

My first solo cd, "Turn It Up," is a reggae album, with a touch of blues, and rap. It includes fifteen songs which I wrote, sang, and played all the instruments for, except keyboards, and keyboard effects. The album includes songs with social relevance messages, as well as dance and love songs. 

"Turn It Up," is now available for sale in cd form, as well as downloading the entire cd, or just individual songs, on Amazon, cd baby, itunes, spotify, gracenote, CDDB, and several more online sites.​