Alexis “Lex” King de Azevedo (born January 14, 1943) is an American composer, song writer, pianist, producer, arranger, and singer known primarily for his film scores and his work on The Swan Princess of which one of his songs was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Lex was born on January 14, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA, the son of Alyce King of The King Sisters by her first marriage. Beginning his career during the 1960s, he produced a number of albums for Capitol Records, with several #1 hit singles among numerous other successful recordings including Laurindo Almeida’s Plays for a Man and a Woman and the Four King Cousins’ Introducing the Four King Cousins. He produced the hit version, by the Youngstown, Ohio-based quartet the Human Beinz, of the Isley Brothers’ “Nobody but Me”, which rose to #8 in 1968. He has composed for pop singers (including many members of his own family) and the stage.
Following Capitol Records, De Azevedo served as a musical director for a number of television shows, including The Sonny & Cher Show, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, and The Osmonds. Turning to feature-length motion pictures, he composed the scores for the films Where the Red Fern Grows and the animated musical feature The Swan Princess. For the latter he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for the song “Far Longer than Forever.” A Mormon, he also produced the music and is credited as the co-writer for the Latter Day Saint musical production Saturday’s Warrior. He has written five stage musicals, including My Turn on Earth, and produced his own record albums across a wide musical spectrum, from the jazz of Mountains and Moab to the new contemporary classical works of Variations on a Sacred Theme and The Life of Christ oratorio series. Both soundtracks from Saturday’s Warrior and My Turn on Earth have achieved Gold Record status.
With the release of Gloria: The Life of Christ, the first of two planned volumes, de Azevedo turned his talents more conspicuously toward the composition of a great oratorio, recording not only an album with Millennium but performing it live for a video recording that was broadcast on the Odyssey Channel in December 1999. Lex has scored over 36 episodes of the animated Bible Stories and American Hero Classics series for Warner-Nest Entertainment, some of which are currently running on HBO. During his career, Lex has composed over 40 choral works and produced over 160 jingle packages for radio stations all over the United States. He has served as guest conductor of some of the world’s most prominent symphony orchestras, including conducting the London National Philharmonic in 14 recordings. Lex has been president of Embryo Records, Director of Artists & Repetoire for the Bonneville Broadcasting System.
De Azevedo has ten children. His daughters Rachel and Emilie are the creators and producers of the Signing Time! videos, designed to teach children American Sign Language, and he appears in them during the grandparents sequence of Vol. 2. Lex, Emilie, and Rachel are also all producers of the new children’s television show Rachel & the TreeSchoolers. He currently works with Emilie and Rachel as the President of Two Little Hands Productions and producer/composer of the hit Public Television series, Signing Time, which began airing on PBS stations in January ’06. De Azevedo’s daughter Julie de Azevedo Hanks is an inspirational pop singer, who has released five albums of her own and is also a psychologist who owns and runs Wasatch Family Therapy. He shares his musical talents with his wife Peggy and resides in Salt Lake City, UT, with her.
The following works by Lex De Azavedo are contained in my collection:
Animated Hero Classics: Songs.