Alexandra “Alex” Young is an American pop singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist and fashion designer born in New York City on August 29, 1989. She entered the entertainment industry at a very young age. She spent two seasons in the cast of Sesame Street but she always wanted to become a singer. At the age of 13, she released her first studio recording, prompted by the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, where her father worked. He survived, but Young was moved to record the song "Heart of America” as a tribute and raise funds for those who came to the aid of the less fortunate which was debuted on New York radio station WHZT Z100. She was signed to Indie label, Anaka Records where she released her debut album Amazing in 2009 while juggling classes at Sarah Lawrence College. The album became one of the few independent artists selected as a Walmart Soundcheck Riser “The Next Big Thing” and featured in the Walmart stores. As a fashion designer she also collaborated with Sofista Skirt Company to launch her online boutique A Young Rose.