Art Alexakis is used to juggling many responsibilities.
As a musician, he’s often on the road touring.
And when he’s home, the 57-year-old musician enjoys his dad duties.
On this day, Alexakis is delivering items to his daughter’s school in California.
“My daughter is doing an amazing thing for people stuck on the border,” he gushes. “She’s been collecting toys and clothing. It was all her own idea. We’ve had about 40 bags of stuff going to them. I’m feeling good.”
After his parental duty, Alexakis is off to the studio in Santa Monica, Calif., to finish his coming solo album, “Sun Songs.”
“I’m really close to finishing,” he says. “We’re going to get it. I raised money through PledgeMusic for the album. All of the support has been amazing.”
Alexakis is best-known as the lead singer of alternative rock band Everclear.
Working on the solo album, he wanted to remain honest in his songwriting.
“I was talking to the guy who signed me at Capitol Records in 1994,” he says. “We had a really nice chat, and he said the solo record sounds like Everclear. He told me that the reason he signed me back then was because of my voice. He then told me, ‘It’s distinctive, and it’s what sets you apart.’ That meant a lot to me.”
Alexakis also announced in late March that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis years ago.
The disease disables the central nervous system by attacking the coating around its nerve fibers, leading to fatigue, walking and vision problems and more.
But Alexakis isn’t letting it slow him down, and he says he needed to be as honest as he could with is fans through music.
“There’s a song about MS on the album,” he says. “I played it for the first time for my daughter, and she started crying. I took the time to tell there that I was OK. That’s what you do as a father. I put emotion into everything I do.”
He’s also gearing up for the “Songs & Stories” tour, which makes a stop at The Stage at Santa Ana Star on Tuesday, May 14.
Alexakis will be joined by Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, Max Collins of Eve 6 and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground.
“If people are coming to the show to come see me or Chris, Max or John, they should let us know via social media what they want to hear,” Alexakis says. “We’re like a little jukebox out there. We’re hoping to get in as many songs as we can.”