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Blues-inspired alternative rock artist Axel Loughrey is unique. He has been described by fans, friends and fellow musicians alike as out of the ordinary, and this is perhaps the most appropriate phrase to use when talking about Axel and his music.

Born and raised in Paris, Axel picked up his first guitar at age 8 and wrote his first song at age 14. He relocated to the UK in 2004 to pursue a career in music, and his been involved with it in some way or another ever since.

Axel’s first notable accomplishment came in 2006 when he joined rock band Ruby Red Lips. As frontman of the band, Axel spent almost two years touring the UK and Europe extensively before taking the decision to pursue his own material full time in 2008.

His first year as a solo artist saw Axel chosen out of 70,000 applicants to appear on Orange Unsigned Act 2008 and subsequently catch the attention of the BBC’s Jo Whiley. One of just 70 to make it through to this stage of the competition, Axel was interviewed on Channel 4 and performed his material live on national TV.

Axel’s raw, talent-filled and distinctive musical style has already resulted in comparisons with bands such as Eels, Counting Crows and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He has self-released two EPs so far – ‘Small Town, Small People’ and ‘Galloway Hill’ – and performed to great acclaim at venues in London across the East of England.

With a myriad of high profile gigs and festival appearances already secured, and a range of music industry professionals taking a keen interest in his music, Axel’s profile is definitely on the rise for 2010.

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