Alexandra Leigh Winston is an American indie pop rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Alex Winston grew up just outside Detroit. She is classically trained as an opera singer, and a self-taught guitarist, songwriter, and pianist. Winston moved to New York City in 2010, where she began performing as both a solo artist and with bands.
Working with the production duo The Knocks, Winston released her first EP, The Basement Covers, on independent label Heavy Roc Music later that year. Recorded in GarageBand, the EP received significant attention, particularly in the UK, where Winston was often compared to Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and PJ Harvey. In reviewing the record, The Guardian noted that "there hasn't really been a breakthrough US female from what you might call the alternative/Pitchfork camp, but Alex Winston stands a better chance than most."