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Winner of The X Factor Made his First Recording at FAU’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 20, 2013) – Alex Kinsey of Alex and Sierra, recent winners of the national television competition The X Factor, made his first recording on Compowlation 2, a CD created at Florida Atlantic University’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings. Kinsey was discovered by Hoot/Wisdom student president Matt Smith when Alex was a student at FAU. Matt heard him singing in the dorm and asked Alex to submit a demo to Hoot. This resulted in the track “I Like It” which can be heard on Compowlation 2 at this link The CD was produced in 2012 and was overseen by Professor Alejandro Sanchez-Samper, instructor of Commercial Music at FAU.

The X Factor is a singing competition in which more than one hundred thousand singers audition for the judges and a theater audience. After winning this competition, the singers go on to Bootcamp where groups are chosen to continue in competition. Each group is assigned to a judge, and then the contestants compete in front of a live TV audience where viewers choose the winners.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Alex and Sierra,” said Michael Zager, director of FAU’s Commercial Music Progam. “They were picked from thousands of artists that auditioned. We are proud to be a part of Alex’s start in the music industry.”

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings LLC, FAU’s student-run/faculty-supervised record label, is housed in the Division of Research and the label is part of the Commercial Music Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Department of Music. For more information about FAU’s Commercial Music Program, call 561-297-0600.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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