Andrew “Drew” Alexander

Andrew “Drew” Alexander, son of former U.S. Senator and Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander and Leslee “Honey” Alexander, died Friday after a short illness.

He was 52.

Drew Alexander was born in Washington, D.C. in 1969 and moved at age 1 with his family to Nashville, where his father practiced law and established a career in state and national politics.

According to his obituary, the younger Alexander graduated from University School in Nashville and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Kenyon College in Ohio. He returned to Nashville and began working for Curb Records, rising through the ranks to lead the company’s publishing division.

A classically trained guitarist, Drew Alexander stepped down from Curb in 2017 after 23 years with the company, though he continued to work with the Mike Curb Foundation and founded his own company, Blair Branch Music, the obituary said. He also volunteered with several Nashville agencies, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville Rescue Mission and Room at the Inn.

He was a member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Gospel Music Association, and he hosted dozens of artist retreats that included Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, at various locations, including the family’s home at Blackberry Farm in Blount County. More than 1,000 songs resulted from the retreats, including hit singles.He was a fan of the Tennessee Titans and the University of Tennessee basketball and football teams, and he enjoyed fishing and traveling, the obituary said.