Five Things You Need To Know About Actor and Rising Country Star Alexander Ludwig
Ludwig’s new EP is coming soon.
Alexander Ludwig; Photo by Joseph Llanes
Fans may know Alexander Ludwig from his role in History Channel’s Vikings, The Hunger Games and Bad Boys for Life, but what they may not know is that he’s also a talented singer.
The Canadian-born star recently signed a record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG and is preparing to release his self-titled debut EP later this month.
As fans countdown the days until the EP release, here are five things you need to know about country music’s newest star.
1. He grew up listening to country music.
“I’ve been drawn to country music since I was handed my first guitar at nine years old,” he explains. Ludwig says his EP will showcase “music that represents a taste of what I love about country music.”
2. His musical influences range from classic to contemporary country.
Ludwig draws inspiration from artists such as Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Eric Church.
3. Ludwig wrote his first song when he was just 12 years old.
After crafting his first song as a young boy, Ludwig imagine each song as if it were a miniature film. He began making trips to Nashville to hone in on his songwriting skills and has never looked back.
4. He’s working with members of Jason Aldean’s band.
During one of his many trips to Nashville, the now-29-year-old crossed paths with Jason Aldean bandmembers and songwriters, Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy. They eventually became friends and now, they’re producing his music.
5. His EP will feature five songs, co-written by an impressive mix of songwriters.
Alexander Ludwig’s debut EP will be released on Friday, May 21. The five-song project includes co-writes from heavy-hitters like David Lee Murphy, Marv Green, Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, Allison, Kennedy and Ludwig himself.
Fans can keep up with Alexander Ludwig on Instagram.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.