In these episodes, we interview Lex de Azevedo — son of Alyce King of The King Sisters. Lex served as a musical director for The Sonny & Cher Show, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, and The Osmonds. He composed the scores for the films Where the Red Fern Grows and The Swan Princess. He is also credited as the co-writer of the Latter-day Saint production, Saturday’s Warrior.
In this high-energy interview, we cover:
- His childhood/adolescent years growing up in Hollywood and New Jersey, including watching his mom (Alyce) as a performer for the King Sisters.
- His early career as a record producer for Capitol Records, also working with Sonny & Cher, Michael Jackson & the Jackson Five.
- Scoring movies: Where the Red Fern Grows (70s), The Swan Princess and Golden Globe Nominations (1996).
- The behind-the-scenes story of the creation of Saturday’s Warrior, and his thoughts on how it defied the odds to become immensely successful and eventually a motion-picture (2016).
- What Saturday’s Warrior meant to Mormons, including a discussion of its power as a piece of art.
- Lex’s creative process and his thoughts on business within Mormonism.
- The Mormonism of decades past vs. the Mormonism of today, and whether any of Lex’s beliefs have (or have not) changed over time.