Learn More About Along Came Life!

Posted by: yetheart, August 18, 2016 4:14 pm
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The multi-talented singer, songwriter, and violinist AlongCameLife will be joining us at Central Library on Saturday, August 20! Tickets for his free concert are already gone—a testament to this Queens native’s popularity—but there will be a standby line in case of no-shows.

ACL has been referred to as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin” by his adoring fans, reflecting his skill for creating music and performing it both vocally and instrumentally. His talents were apparent from an early age when he became one of the youngest students to be accepted to the illustrious Juilliard School of Music.

ACL is the founder of the famed duo Nuttin But Stringz, who performed on America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Nick Jr, Fox 5, NY1, and Page 6. NBS also performed for President Barrack Obama and for the Royal Family of Dubai. ACL has released two solo albums, Thoughts from My Head and ICON, which mark the beginning of a new musical journey for him.

We spoke with AlongCameLife before his concert and he answered some quick questions for us about his early days, his influences, and more.

You were raised in South Jamaica—what role did Queens Library play in your life?
Queens Library played a major role in my life—it helped me reach different realms by reading books.  At that time, my neighborhood was really rough. Going to the Queens Library helped me change my reality.

What first attracted you to learning the violin?
I was told the violin was the hardest instrument to play in the world and I wanted to master it!

You’re called the “Bohemian Violinist”—which classical and contemporary artists have most inspired your music?
I’ve been inspired by Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, as well as contemporary artists Noel Pointer and Jean-Luc Ponty. I am honored to have been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Niccolo Paganini, George Frederic Handel, and Joseph Bologne.

You went from playing violin in the NYC subway to appearing on TV and becoming an award-winning performer. What advice do you have for other independent artists who are trying to make it?
Stay Focused, Dream BIG, Believe in your Dreams—they will come true no matter what anybody says.

You performed for President Obama—that must have been an incredible experience! Can you describe it for us? 
In one word: Electrifying.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah, Warrior of the Light and The Alchemist (both by Paulo Coelho), just to name a few. For a lighthearted read, I enjoy Dr. Seuss—yes, that’s right, Dr. Seuss!

What can our customers expect at your concert here at Queens Library?
Something Different and Amazing—I am someone customers will talk about for years to come. It will be a historical moment. I am looking forward to seeing you all.